New Director and Technician Positions Open at American Farmland Trust

MARCH 14, 2019 2:44 PM

Women for the Land Initiative Director
AFT is seeking a strong and collaborative leader to lead and expand its Women for the Land Initiative
throughout the country. The primary responsibilities of this position are to direct strategy, provide leadership, and support program activities for AFT’s Women for the Land initiative to advance AFT’s mission across the nation. The ideal work location is in close proximity to one of AFT’s six offices (Seattle, WA; Sacramento, CA; Saratoga Springs, NY; Sycamore, IL; Northampton, MA or Washington, DC). However, this can be a remote position. For more information, click here!

Research Director
AFT is now looking for a new director to significantly expand the research agenda and capabilities of AFT’s research center to keep pace with AFT’s holistic mission. The director will lead the Farms Under Threat Initiative and other research efforts and will actively collaborate and coordinate with all divisions at AFT to ensure that AFT’s programming is strategic, efficiently delivered, well-received, academically defensible and impactful.The Farms Under Threat (FUT) Initiative uses advanced spatial analyses to map current and past land use, examine patterns of land use change and assess future threats to America’s most valuable farmlands. For more information, click here!

Midwest Conservation Technician
The conservation technician position offers an exciting opportunity to help the Upper Macoupin Creek
Watershed Partnership reach its goals. The selected professional will work with the Midwest deputy director and the Midwest AFT team to engage farmers in adopting sound farming practices capable of protecting environmental quality and responding to the growing impacts of climate change. For more information, click here!

New Soil Health Faculty Position Available at University of Missouri

MARCH 14, 2019 2:01 PM

A new soil health faculty position is now available at University of Missouri in Columbia. This is being advertised at both the assistant and associate professor level. Candidates at either career stage will be considered.

This is a unique opportunity to not only teach and do research on soil health, but also to oversee the large and growing Soil Health Assessment Center at the University of Missouri, which has become one of the leading university-based soil health testing labs.

The position will strengthen growing education programs, collaborate with other established University of Missouri research centers to garner major grants, form innovative new partnerships with private and public partners, and contribute greatly toward improving grant and publication metrics considered in the Association of American Universities’ rankings. Teaching may include undergraduate courses in land management for soil health, environmental soil microbiology, and graduate courses related to the individual’s expertise (total of 3-4 courses per year).

To apply for this position, please visit the University of Missouri web site at

Register for PARM and Sand County Foundation’s Webinar March 14th!

March 13, 2019 11:00 AM

Don’t miss PARM and Sand County Foundation’s webinar titled “The Pillars of Great Pollinator Habitat Design and Management” March 14th at 10 a.m. CT! Earn 1.5 free CCA CEUs: one for integrated pest management and 0.5 for sustainability.

Many farms have field edges or underperforming areas that could be seeded to native grasses and wildflowers to benefit bees and butterflies. This presentation will cover the most important considerations on how a pollinator habitat project should be designed, planted and managed. Learn how great habitat results can be easily achieved with a little planning and consideration on the front-end of the project. Also learn about a $1,000 cash incentive offer to CCAs in IA, IL, MN, and WI, as well as landowners through the Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund’s Seed a Legacy Program. Register now!

This webinar will be recorded. The recorded presentation will be sent out to all registrants one day after the live event.

Register for PARM’s Webinar “Cover Crops for Soil and Water Quality Improvement”

FEBRUARY 22, 2019 1:00 PM

Don’t forget to register for our webinar airing February 28th at 1:00 p.m. CT! Earn 1.5 free CCA CEUs, one for soil and water management and 0.5 for nutrient management. You’ll hear from Dr. Eileen J Kladviko, professor of agronomy at Purdue University, where she teaches and does research and extension work in soil physics, soil biology and soil management. Learn more about how cover crops can be very effective in scavenging residual nitrate and other nutrients from the soil, reducing the amount of nitrate leaching from the bottom of the root zone into drainage waters.

Register here!