Midwest Program Associate

The Conservation Fund

The Midwest Program Associate works closely with the Illinois State Director on projects and programs to advance the Fund’s mission. A key responsibility for this new position is supporting the implementation of the Illinois Working Lands, Water and Wildlife Regional Conservation Partnership Project (Illinois RCPP). With support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the partnership is working to increase habitat, improve water quality, and advance access to farmland by next‐generation farmers through protecting at‐risk farmland near metro areas.

This position will also help implement the Working Farms Fund. The Working Farms Fund is a new initiative within The Conservation Fund to support entrepreneurial farmers who are increasing the supply of local and healthy food, by providing the farmers a pathway to land ownership. This program continues a multi‐decade long commitment to protecting working lands that generate conservation and economic value for local communities.

The Associate will work closely with farmers, landowners, conservation land trusts, agencies, community partners, and the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to facilitate acquisition of key farms and farmland easements and install on‐the‐ground sustainable ag practices. This will include working directly with farmers in the Working Farms Fund program to aid their achievement of business and land ownership objectives. Advancing equity for BIPOC farmers through farmland ownership and access to resources is an important goal. The Associate will work closely with The Conservation Fund teams based in Chicago, Atlanta and nationally; and will coordinate with The Fund’s Government Relations, Legal, Finance, Marketing and Communications, and Strategic Conservation Planning experts.

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To apply for this job please visit www.conservationfund.org.