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New Agrarian Program Northern Plains Coordinator

The Quivira Coalition (www.quiviracoaltion.org) is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that works in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. Quivira works to build resilience on arid working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration. The Quivira Coalition aims to shift current practices of agriculture and land stewardship to those that produce good food, support meaningful livelihoods in rural places, sustain biodiversity, and remedy the impacts of climate change. We do this work through agricultural apprenticeship, land and water restoration, and rancher- and farmer-led knowledge exchange. Knowing that it is critical to the success of our work, Quivira Coalition is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally under-represented among stewardship and agricultural support services.

Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program offers 8-month immersive apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture in partnership with mentor ranchers and farmers throughout the West. The program seeks to provide the next generation of producers with hands-on mentoring from dedicated land stewards who practice regenerative methods of food production, provide excellent animal care, and are skilled and dedicated teachers. 

The NAP Northern Plains coordinator will work closely with the NAP Northern Plains manager and the rest of the NAP team to support mentor ranches and apprentices in Montana, the broader Northern Great Plains region, and beyond. The NAP Coordinator is a people-oriented facilitator who has worked with ranchers and farmers and/or in experiential education. An ideal candidate enjoys working with seasoned ranchers and farmers, mentoring young professionals in agriculture, and is passionate about solving current food production and ranching/farming challenges. This person should be based in Montana, Wyoming, or South Dakota; have the flexibility to travel to ranches and farms, and the capacity to engage with the Quivira team remotely; and be computer literate. The position also requires travel to conferences, presentations, and other work events (25-35 percent of work time is out of office). 

The NAP northern coordinator will be tasked with helping to provide support to NAP program mentors and apprentices in Montana and Wyoming. They will also work closely with mentor operations to help guide them through the apprentice application and hiring processes, partner with the NAP team to deliver mentor training, assist with apprentice orientation, conduct site visits to mentor ranches, complete monthly check-ins with mentor ranchers and apprentices, provide support on supplemental education webinars and assist in planning land health and livestock workshops. The Coordinator will also facilitate and provide guidance for both apprentices and mentors throughout their year together. 

The NAP northern coordinator is responsible, in partnership with the NAP team, for recruitment, implementation, and partial fundraising for Quivira’s apprenticeship program. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

Recruitment and Outreach

  • Participate in marketing, advertising, outreach, and public relations for NAP 
  • Conduct site visits to potential mentor ranches and farms in the northern plains, as well as existing mentor ranches
  • Represent Quivira and the New Agrarian Program at relevant events in the community and by actively seeking opportunities to present to relevant conferences
  • Coordinate with regional program partners on collaborative grant projects and apprenticeship network building
  • Assist with recruitment of apprentices.

Coordination

  • Provide support with mentor/apprentice relationships as needed; foster professional development 
  • Support the application process for potential new program mentors
  • Facilitate successful apprentice placement at each mentor location
  • Conduct in-depth, annual check-ins with mentors to debrief most recent apprenticeships and discuss program components, successes, and challenges
  • Maintain regular contact with mentors and apprentices in Montana to check in regarding progress and communication
  • Collaborate with educational partners  to ensure a well-rounded educational experience for apprentices
  • Facilitate connections between current and future generations of food producers and land stewards 

Development

  • In cooperation with the NAP team, expand the reach of NAP by designing, funding, and implementing new ideas that provide leadership training, networking, and capacity-building support for new agrarians and prospective mentors
  • Facilitate program growth while maintaining high quality standards and regenerative agriculture criteria for prospective mentors 

Additional Tasks 

  • Represent Quivira at various functions, conferences, workshops, etc.
  • Collaborate with other staff members and engage with other Quivira program areas as needed
  • Attend and actively participate in the annual Quivira Conference as a representative for NAP
  • Participate in staff meetings, retreats, and strategic planning meetings

Desired qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience
  • Experience working in agriculture (ideally ranching or related livestock production)
  • Experience working one-on-one with students in an experiential learning context
  • Experience working in a nonprofit environment
  • Ability and desire to work outdoors, lift 50 pounds, and pitch in on ranching or farming operations occasionally
  • Exceptional organizational, writing, and other communication skills

 

Terms of Employment

  • Quivira Coalition is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization. We embrace and encourage applicants of all ages, colors, disability statuses, ethnicities, family or marital statuses, gender identities or expressions, languages, national origins, physical and mental abilities, political affiliations, races, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses, or veteran statuses.
  • Reports to the NAP director
  • Required availability to work some evenings and weekends to accommodate ranching/ farming schedules
  • 40 hours a week, salaried, exempt
  • Salary range for coordinator level positions: $37,128 – 50,232 depending on experience. Quivira Coalition uses a Wage Scale to determine hourly wage and salary ranges for all positions within the organization.
  • This position needs to be based within a few hours drive of existing mentor sites in Montana. Candidates must have access to reliable internet.
  • After 3 months, benefits include health care, dental, vision, simple IRA, paid time-off, short and long term life insurance and disability policy.

 

Application Instructions

Please through the application below. Please include a current resume (up to two pages in length) with the application. The application will be in place of a cover letter; no cover letter is needed. Please have available the name, phone number, and email of three professional references. References will be checked as a part of the hiring process. 

Please send questions to Leah Ricci, leah@quiviracoalition with the subject line “NAP Northern Plains Coordinator.”

Deadline for applications is December 5, 2021 with the intention of a start date in January 2022.

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