Adirondack Farm Advocate Position Available

Adirondack Farm Advocate

Job Description

Supervisor: Jackie Bowen - Associate Director of Conservation
Location: Largely remote or field-based, with the potential to work from the Elizabethtown office as needed

Summary of Position

The Adirondack Farm Advocate will be responsible for leading the Essex Farm Institute (EFI), consistent with its mission and vision, to support the resiliency of Adirondack farms and the benefits they provide to our environment and communities. The Advocate will cultivate relationships with farmers, producers, and conservation organizations to identify their needs, seek to communicate and advocate for those needs with policymakers when appropriate, and help connect farmers and producers to capacity-building resources like grant writers.

The Advocate will take the lead on developing a strategic plan for the EFI program, in alignment with the Council’s mission and vision, and with input from other Council staff and the EFI Board committee.  

This is a part-time (20 hours per week) position.

Position Responsibilities

Agricultural Duties

  • Foster and strengthen relationships with farmers and throughout the local food network to understand and identify needs and potential opportunities for engagement and education
  • Monitor emerging agricultural trends and potential threats to the Adirondack farmland and environment
  • Identify ways to increase and leverage Adirondack farms and producers’ access to grant funds and funding solicitation resources
  • Support the Conservation Associate with the annual administration and evaluation of the Micro-Grants for Adirondack Farms program

Advocacy/Policy Duties

  • Monitor policy issues for EFI to engage on, with support from Government Relations and Conservation staff
  • Seek to promote and advocate for: ecologically sound, climate-smart, and resilient farming; promote farming practices that enable habitat connectivity across landscapes; protect water quality; and, support farmland protection
  • Identify opportunities, either through policy, securing funding, facilitating knowledge sharing, etc., for EFI to support climate-smart efforts, such as promoting soil health, accelerating electrification of on-farm equipment, etc.
  • Represent EFI on state, regional, and local coalitions and meetings, including the Adirondack Food System Network Steering Committee

Qualification

  • Five+ years of demonstrated agricultural and policy experience. Experience in the Adirondack Park is preferred but not required
  • Degree in agricultural studies, food systems, environmental science, climate science, community food systems, or other relevant degree is preferred, but not required
  • Values the intersection of social & environmental justice and agriculture in the Adirondacks, and seeks to approach issues and engagement through a Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion lens
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and outstanding interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wide variety of people at all levels
  • Experience with strategic planning, policy review, and program development and evaluation
  • Access to a car with winter travel capability
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

Compensation and Benefits

$20,000 per year with health insurance and a flexible spending account (FSA) based on a 20-hour workweek

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter in one PDF file by close of business on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, to careers@adirondackcouncil.org with the subject “Adirondack Farm Advocate”.


Organizational Purpose/Mission Statement: Based in Elizabethtown, NY (30 miles east of Lake Placid), the mission of the Adirondack Council is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of New York’s six-million-acre Adirondack Park for current and future generations. We envision an Adirondack Park with clean water and air and large wilderness areas, surrounded by working farms and forests and vibrant local communities. To protect the Adirondacks, the Council uses the best science, the law, and an understanding of political decision making, to educate, inform and motivate the public and those who make public policy. We are committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds.

The Adirondack Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants receive equal considerations without regard to age, race, color, religion, marital status, sexual preference, ancestry, national origin, handicap, or disability. Employees are selected on the basis of their individual qualifications and ability to fulfill the requirements of the job. The same considerations apply to promotions, pay increases, and all other conditions of employment with the Adirondack Council.

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