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Sustainable Agriculture Specialist - Jackson, MS


­ Put your education and experience to work to promote sustainable agriculture practices and work with family farmers, small producers and limited-resource farmers! The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is a private non-profit corporation that works to promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. NCAT is seeking a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist who wants to make a contribution to sustainable farming and ranching practices. If you are a self-directed leader with strong skills in communication and project development, this is a great opportunity for you! This regular, full-time position will be based at NCAT’s office in Jackson Mississippi.

Qualifications:

  • The position requires a BA/BS degree in agriculture, animal livestock, agronomy, entomology, horticulture, or related field, or a related field along with three years of relevant experience or an MA/MS degree and one year of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Commitment and passion for the NCAT mission;

  • Knowledge of Mississippi agriculture and related organizations and groups;

  • Familiarity with integrated farming systems, concepts of sustainability and environmentally friendly practices;

  • Knowledge and experience with sustainable animal agriculture, pastured poultry, pastured pigs, and/or fish farming preferred.

  • Knowledge of commercial horticulture, agronomic production, market gardeners or farmers markets and with farm business development;

  • Excellent communication skills, with experience in public speaking, presentation, writing, editing and research;

  • The ability to build relationships with farmers, ranchers, community organizations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations;

  • Grant and proposal writing skills;

  • Collaborate with limited-resource farmers and farmers from a variety of different cultural backgrounds;

  • The ability to recognize and pursue development opportunities;

  • Willingness to travel and work independently.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide farmers and ranchers with information and technical assistance on environmentally sound practices for agronomic and horticultural crops and livestock production by phone, e-mail, social media, workshops, and field demonstrations;

  • Peruse development opportunities, participate in grant and proposal writing process;

  • Work with Outreach Specialist to promote workshops and events organized by the Mississippi office;

  • Liaison with farm and agriculture organizations and groups that assist farmers, particularly limited-resource farmers;

  • Create educational materials such as publications, videos, webinars, podcasts, and online tutorials;

  • Research, write and edit publications on sustainable agriculture topics to assist clients;

  • Collaborate with staff as a member of one or more technical teams in developing written materials and projects;

  • Actively seek out funding for new projects and develop ideas related to sustainable agriculture into fundable projects;

  • Build and strengthen relationships with partners and stakeholders.

Salary and Benefits:
$30,000 – $45,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation and holidays, health, life and disability insurance, a cafeteria and 401(k) plan, and a pleasant, professional working environment.

Application Process:
Applications will be accepted through October 28, 2018, or until a suitable candidate can be identified. Early applications are encouraged and applications will be considered as they are received. All persons interested in being considered for the position must submit a cover letter highlighting their experience and skills relevant to the listed qualifications, a current resume and a completed NCAT application. Incomplete applications or reference on the application to “see resume” will not be considered. Applicants can visit NCAT’s homepage at www.ncat.org for a gateway to websites and projects developed by NCAT staff. Send completed application materials to:

Kriss Sullivan
NCAT Human Resource Specialist
kriss@ncat.org
P.O. Box 3838
Butte, MT 59702

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