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Quivira is hiring a Planner/Manager for the Carbon Ranch Initiative

 

PLANNER/Manager FOR THE CARBON RANCH INITIATIVE

About Quivira Coalition’s Carbon Ranch Initiative (CRI)

The Quivira Coalition (www.quiviracoaltion.org) is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on arid working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration. Quivira Coalition’s Carbon Ranch Initiative (CRI) is dedicated to outreach and research that supports regenerative agriculture that can build soil carbon on working lands. 

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.

Who we’re looking for

Quivira Coalition is seeking a full-time planner/manager for a technical position. 

The Carbon Ranch Initiative (CRI) Planner/Manager will work with the rest of the CRI team and partner organizations to 1) provide whole ranch and farm planning based on NRCS conservation practices and other planning frameworks that include social, economic, and ecological priorities, 2) build and teach curriculum related to soil health principles and enhancing carbon storage, and 3) manage other CRI and Quivira projects such as organic amendment research trials, open source monitoring and evaluation, and Quivira’s ongoing work to become an antiracist organization.

We are seeking someone who has a passion for the development of regenerative agriculture, creation of meaningful whole ranch plans, and using planning, research and outreach as a strategy to support soil health and resilience of working lands. The ideal candidate will understand the deep connections between land stewardship, food production, and climate. We are looking for someone who will bring professionalism and organization to working with diverse groups of people on their land, the other programs in the Quivira Coalition, and the partner organizations associated with the Carbon Ranch Initiative. 

The CRI Planner should have experience and enthusiasm for: working with farmers, ranchers, and natural resource management professionals from diverse communities; writing useful planning documents that align with the values of the ranch or farm , as well as funding sources like the NRCS EQIP cost share program; navigating the challenges, opportunities, and social dynamics in agricultural and natural resource management and collaboration; communicating complex land management issues in clear, constructive, and non-polarizing ways; organizing events and facilitating a community of practice around working lands collaboration; managing long-term land-based projects, and applying for grants.

Description of the position

The CRI Planner/Manager will be tasked with the following activities:

  • Develop relationships with ranchers and farmers in New Mexico and work with them to develop plans centering carbon storage and soil health priorities
  • Work with the entire Carbon Ranch team to manage projects in other aspects of the program including research and outreach
  • Participate in fundraising to support this work

In addition to these activities, the CRI Planner/Manager will help shape and facilitate other CRI activities, including contributing to communications that keep stakeholders informed, periodic grant stakeholder calls, and Quivira’s annual REGENERATE conference. All of these activities will evolve with a commitment to identifying ways to more effectively include communities that have been historically underserved in agricultural support services.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience ranch or farm planning.
  • Experience with NRCS programs.
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluating ecological, economic, or social information.
  • Familiarity with regenerative agricultural practices and soil health principles.
  • Strong skills related to working with diverse groups of people and cross-cultural communication.
  • Must be able to travel to remote locations where camping may be required.
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate weekend, evening, and remote work.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate a diverse and busy group of stakeholders.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs and work long hours bending and walking outdoors.
  • An understanding of how conservation and agriculture have historically and currently impacted Hispanic, Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.

Desired Qualifications

  • Existing relationships or involvement in NM’s agricultural community. 
  • GIS or mapping knowledge.
  • Excellent, professional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience writing grants and engaging in other types of nonprofit fundraising.
  • Experience working in and communicating about agriculture, natural resource management, or both.
  • Experience in experiential/participatory education and outreach.
  • Experience with G Suite (google email, drive, calendar etc.).
  • Multi-lingual in Spanish or Native languages.

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 directly to the Carbon Ranch Initiative Director.
  • Compensation $22-26/hr depending on experience, paid bi-weekly.
  • 40 hours a week, salaried.
  • This position is primarily based out of Quivira’s Santa Fe offices, with travel and remote work necessary; Flexible work from home is possible. Due to the pandemic, all employees are currently working from home with access to the office on an as-needed basis.
  • No relocation compensation – the ideal candidate is already based in or near Santa Fe.
  • 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 apply online at quiviracoalition.org/work-with-us. Please include a current two page resume 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

Please send questions to Eva Stricker eva@quiviracoalition with the subject line “CRI Planner/Manager Application.”

Open until filled

Since its establishment in 1997, the Quivira Coalition has prided itself on its history of working across differences at the radical center. In the last year, we have become increasingly aware of the work that we must do to ensure that individuals and communities of all backgrounds are truly included and welcomed into our work. Quivira Coalition is taking its first steps toward becoming an antiracist organization, and reevaluating what diversity, equity and inclusion means for the organization. This is difficult, often messy, ongoing work, and we are committed to working through the challenges to join the movement for racially just regenerative agriculture. We hope new hires and the perspectives they bring will continue to help us navigate this path. We invite candidates to ask questions about where we are in this journey, and to join us in moving the organization and the regenerative agriculture movement towards becoming more just, equitable, and inclusive.

 

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