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Farmland Transition Coordinator; Athens, Georgia
Athens Land Trust
Full time Positions
The salary range is ~$45,000, based on experience. This is a three-year grant funded position with the potential to extend, contingent upon funding availability. ALT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, PTO, additional paid holidays, and a flexible work schedule. Depending on the candidate, this position could be remote.
Athens Land Trust is an innovative and adaptive community and conservation land trust based in Athens, Georgia. We are looking for creative problem-solvers with a commitment to equity and an understanding of organizing and building relationships to address community-identified issues.
The Farmland Transition Coordinator is charged with growing ALT’s efforts to protect farmland and support farmers through successful farmland transition. The Farmland Transition Coordinator will join the Farmland Protection and Outreach team within the Conservation department to further support farmers in Georgia with the most critical component of farming: viable and affordable farmland. Responsibilities include developing partnerships for effective farmland transitions, developing tools and educational programs to support farmers in successful transitions , maintaining and growing the GAFarmLink website, and identifying and assisting farmers interested in acquiring or transitioning their land with development of farm access or farm transfer planning.
Specific duties are as follows:
Manage and grow GAFarmLink. Keep the FarmLink website up to date with statewide events, services, and resources, as well as with current property and farmland seeker postings
Serve as Project Manager for BFRDP project “Strengthening innovative tools and resources for farmland access, transfer, and succession for beginning farmers in northeast Georgia”. Ensure that all deliverables and reporting are on track.
Develop and conduct stakeholder meetings and be a statewide leader and policy advocate on farmland transition training and support
Cultivate, facilitate, motivate, and coordinate strong relationships with and among a diverse network of statewide and national partners to create a Georgia farmland access coalition
Use farmland access and farmer support tools to break down historic financial and land ownership barriers which have prevented underserved groups in Georgia from fair access to land and resources. Locate and develop sources of funding to support Black farmers in land ownership and tenure across Georgia.
Arrange 1:1 meetings, both in-person and virtual as required, and farm visits with farmers interested in acquiring land or transitioning their land and help them establish farm transfer plans.
Support farmers in accessing legal support as needed for estate planning, ethical lease drafting, and title clearing.
Maintain records of activities and coordinate with the Farmland Protection and Outreach Manager and other ALT staff as needed.
Take initiative to stay up to date on all USDA and other national, state, and local programs to connect farmers with relevant resources and leverage opportunities to better support socially disadvantaged farmers.
Support the Conservation team with additional tasks as needed.
All ALT Employees:
· Participate in grant management including grant writing support and reporting
· Write newsletter articles, and brochure and educational materials related to ALT’s programs and activities
· Attend weekly staff meetings
· Be part of a team - provide support for all staff members in their respective duties
Candidates must have work experience in a relevant field such as public policy, administration, legal assistance, agriculture/natural resources, conservation, or food systems. Demonstrated knowledge of outreach methods, partnership building, policy advocacy, presentation techniques, provision of services and referrals. Experience or background in basic organizing principles. Possess knowledge of a broad range of farming service and assistance providers. Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and to work effectively with partners and staff. Ability to use computer systems and the internet. A valid driver’s license and reliable insured transportation required.
Excellent organizational, administrative, and communication skills are essential. Strong personal commitment to agricultural justice and farming practices in Georgia. Knowledge of Adobe program suite and basic web design skills.