Work with Quivira
The Quivira Coalition is an exciting place to work. We work at the intersection of conservation and agriculture and are actively making real change on the working lands of the West. We have diverse projects in watersheds, on ranches and farms, and connecting different groups of people at our workshops and annual conference. At the heart of our work, is the idea of bringing people together at the radical center, proving that by working together we can make economical solutions that are also ecological.
We are a warm group of people that are part of a larger community who care about the land and our role as its stewards. As a staff, we all support each other to produce our programming. To work at the Quivira Coalition is to be at the center of a movement that is addressing some of the most pressing concerns we face as a global community.
New Agrarian Program Northern Coordinator
The Quivira Coalition, a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on arid working lands, seeks a coordinator for our New Agrarian Program (NAP). This position will be based in the Northern Great Plains (eastern Montana or Wyoming, or western South Dakota), and the coordinator will work remotely from the Santa Fe offices. NAP offers apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture in partnership with mentor ranchers and farmers in the Quivira community in the West. It provides 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 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 (15-20 percent of work time is out of office).
The NAP northern coordinator will be tasked with helping to expand the program into Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota by recruiting and training new mentors in those states, finding organizational partners, seeking new funding sources, and recruiting apprentices. He or she 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, and facilitate and provide guidance for both apprentices and mentors throughout their year together.
The NAP northern coordinator is responsible, in partnership with the NAP director, for recruitment, implementation, and partial fundraising for Quivira’s apprenticeship program. Specific duties and responsibilities include:
Recruitment and Outreach
- In collaboration with the NAP director, design, implement, and evaluate Quivira’s collaborative mentorship hub model
- Participate in marketing, advertising, outreach, and public relations for NAP
- Regularly engage local, regional and national agrarian communities by conducting site visits to potential host ranches and farms, and to other agricultural apprenticeship programs and agricultural advocacy organizations
- Conduct site visits and outreach with the aim to recruit new mentor operations into the New Agrarian Program
- 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
- 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, Wyoming, and South Dakota to check in regarding progress and communication
- Collaborate with educational partners, such as Holistic Management International and Grazing School of the West, to ensure a well-rounded educational experience for apprentices
- Facilitate connections between current and future generations of food producers and land stewards
- In cooperation with the executive director, expand the reach of the New Agrarian Program by designing, funding, and implementing new ideas that provide leadership training, networking, and capacity-building support for new agrarians and prospective mentors
- In cooperation with the executive director, build rapport with existing and potential major donors for the New Agrarian Program. Strive to secure multi-year funding
- In concert with the executive director and office administrator, create and manage the program budget to ensure financial sustainability and longevity
- Facilitate program growth while maintaining high quality standards and regenerative agriculture criteria for prospective mentors
- 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 board and staff meetings, retreats, and strategic planning meetings
- 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
- Comfort and familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, G Suite, Asana, and Slack particularly desirable
- Residence in eastern Montana or Wyoming, or western South Dakota
Terms of Employment
- Reports to the executive director
- Full time, salaried (DOE), with flexible work schedule
- Benefits after three months including health, 401K, and generous, flexible paid time off
To apply, please send the following to email@example.com with the subject line NAP North Coordinator Application:
- Cover letter
- Three professional references