Location: Remote, DC

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. 

The Mid Atlantic Program Intern position offers an exciting opportunity to help carry out the strategic agenda of a growing, forward-looking conservation organization. The Program Intern will work with AFT staff, consultants and external partners to support Women Landowner learning Circles, part of AFT’s Women for the Land national initiative. Learning Circles assist women s who have taken on the responsibilities of managing a family farm but lack in-depth experience to build strong relationships with the agencies that can provide technical and financial assistance and with women who share similar experiences. The program builds confidence, a peer network, and access to assistance to improve soil health and productivity.  

This position is a remote hire where the Intern will work out of his or her own residence. The prospective Intern is expected to have a computer and adequate internet in order to telework while with AFT. Internship terms are to last no longer than three (3) months.  The Program Intern will support the Mid Atlantic Conservation & Stewardship Program Manager to develop and grow this program.  His or her duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Research and analysis of agriculture and environmental issues, organizing field visits/conferences, and on-the-ground events;
  • Communication support for the office:  presentations and social media;
  • Meeting and event planning;
  • Populating and maintaining program databases of evaluation data;
  • Onsite travel to Conservation Learning Circles;
  • Research on African American women farmers and landowners in the Mid Atlantic.

Requirements

  • The Mid Atlantic Program Intern must be outgoing and energetic, organized, and capable of working well independently as well as part of a team.  
  • The Program Intern will need to be comfortable regularly interacting with a diverse audience - including farmland owners and farmers, school administrators, food service staff, and active community volunteers.  
  • A BA or BS degree in agriculture, environment, natural resource planning, food systems or related fields;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks, stay organized and follow through with limited supervision;
  • Facility with Microsoft Office is required; 
  • A working computer and internet;
  • Additional computer skills, including experience with web design, social media or GIS are preferred; and 
  • Willingness to undertake limited work travel The intern will work remotely, however, she/he is required to meet weekly with the Mid Atlantic Conservation & Stewardship Program Manager in the suburban Maryland greater Washington, DC area.  Occasional travel to the American Farmland Trust national office in Washington, DC is required.  Occasional travel to Women for The Land Conservation Learning also.

Please include a cover letter with resume for consideration. 

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

This posting will accept applications until it is filled.

American Farmland Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) 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.