Location: San Joaquin Valley, California

American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres, and helped thousands of farm families make a go of it (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities. For more information go to: www.farmland.org  with our California programs highlighted at: https://www.farmland.org/our-work/where-we-work/california 

American Farmland Trust seeks a Project Manager to join its California team of dynamic professionals. The position is a mid-level professional responsible for developing and managing farmland conservation and stewardship projects in the San Joaquin Valley. Under the direction of the California Conservation and Stewardship Program Manager, the Project Manager will work on land and water stewardship projects related to AFT’s San Joaquin Land and Water Strategy, a spatial analysis exploring the intersection of agricultural land, water resources, and urban growth. The Project Manager is a full-time (37.5 hours/week) position based out of a remote-work location in the northern San Joaquin Valley. The position requires regular travel in the San Joaquin Valley and occasional travel elsewhere in the state. The position requires attendance and participation in meetings and workshops that occur in evenings and on weekends. Multi-day trips will also be required to attend or work at conferences, seminars, and workshops.

The Project Manager will work with the Conservation and Stewardship Program Manager and other AFT staff to implement AFT programs including: Under-served Farmer Outreach Program, the San Joaquin Land and Water Strategy, Quantifying the Benefits of Healthy Soils Practices, and Agricultural Land Protection.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Successfully develop and manage multiple projects and programs including managing budgets and fulfilling contractual requirements.
  • Cultivate and maintains strong relationships with local, state, and federal officials, ag commodity groups, conservation organizations, food and community organizations and others.  
  • Work with AFT communications staff and others to create high-quality and compelling written products.
  • Engage directly with farmers and ranchers to improve and expand natural resource conservation and habitat enhancement practices. 
  • Represent AFT at public meetings, conferences, workshops, and trainings.
  • Organize, coordinate, and lead workshops to support implementation of efficient irrigation and nutrient management practices by small and limited resource specialty crop growers.
  • Conduct Practical Soil Health Specialist Training workshops to increase the knowledge and capacity of ag professionals to implement soil health practices.
  • Identify potential projects for agricultural conservation easements.
  • Work with AFT’s California Regional staff to develop, fund, implement, and evaluate projects.
  • Develop funding proposals to institutional partners.
  • Work with other staff to develop annual program and budget goals.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


  • Located in the northern San Joaquin Valley: Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, or San Joaquin Counties with at least 5 years of local, practical experience in agriculture-related natural resource management and project management.
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant agricultural and/or natural resource management discipline. 
  • Practical experience in soil health management systems and/or cropping systems.
  • Working knowledge of production agriculture in California, natural resource conservation principles, conservation planning, nutrient management, water efficiency, water quality and quantity management. 
  • Experience working collaboratively within partnerships including farmers, researchers, public agencies, and others. 
  • Highly motivated self-starter and problem solver who can work independently and with a team and who has strong interpersonal skills.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills. 
  • Experience developing and executing projects and programs from start to finish including program and partnership development, budget development, fundraising, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, multi-task, and be flexible.
  • Experience working under, writing and/or managing grants.
  • Positive attitude in a challenging, dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically.
  • Well-organized and disciplined.
  • Basic computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and remote meeting/presentation software.
  • Basic GIS skills.
  • Valid CA driver’s license.

If you are eager to join our team, please visit this page to apply.

Please submit a cover letter with resume for consideration.

Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2019.

American Farmland Trust provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Farmland Trust complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.