Marin Agricultural Land Trust is a nonprofit land trust created in 1980 by a coalition of ranchers and environmentalists to permanently protect Marin County farmland. Some of the Bay Area’s most highly acclaimed dairy and cheese products, grass-fed meats and organic crops are produced on farmland protected by MALT conservation easements. MALT has permanently protected over 54,000 acres of West Marin’s diverse mosaic of coastal grasslands, oak woodlands, rangelands and pastoral open space including 86 family farms and ranches.
MALT is committed to supporting sustainable management, climate-beneficial and regenerative agricultural practices in Marin County, including farming and grazing practices that rebuild soil organic matter and restore degraded soil biodiversity to drawdown carbon and improve the water cycle.
The Director, Science and Regenerative Agriculture is a full-time exempt position responsible for managing MALT’s science, sustainable management and regenerative agriculture work.
The Director, Science and Regenerative Agriculture is a member of MALT’s Leadership Team, working under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer and supported by the Sustainable Management Program Manager. The position oversees MALT’s Scientific Advisory Committee, MALT Lab and Research Fellowship program, manages the design and implementation sustainable management and regenerative agriculture research and practices on Marin agricultural land and acts as a liaison with the broader community of nonprofits, governmental entities, academic institutions and policy-makers working in the sphere of agriculture, science and climate change.
While working remotely is possible with this role, some in-person office presence in Point Reyes Station, CA and in-person engagement with partners and the West Marin community is required.
Essential Duties and Functions
- Lead MALT’s Science Advisory Council, MALT Lab and Research Fellowship program.
- Oversee the design and implementation of sustainable management and regenerative agriculture research and projects on Marin agricultural land, including the design and implementation of carbon farm plans and MALT’s Stewardship Assistance Program.
- Advise and provide technical assistance to landowners and operators on sustainable management and regenerative agriculture practices.
- Identify and alleviate barriers to the design and implementation of sustainable management and regenerative agriculture projects and practices in Marin County.
- Lead MALT’s participation in implementing the Agricultural Chapter of the Marin Climate Action Plan.
- Participate in the Marin Carbon Project, and work closely with MALT’s partners, including Carbon Cycle Institute, Marin Resource Conservation District, NRCS, the Marin Resource Conservation District and UC Cooperative Extension.
- Engage broadly with organizations working regionally, statewide and nationally in the agriculture and climate work.
- Work with MALT’s Advancement Team and People and Community Team to produce communications and events about MALT’s sustainable management and regenerative agriculture work.
Qualifications and Requirements
Graduate degree in agroecology, rangeland management, or related field (PhD preferred).
- Minimum five years of experience managing sustainable management and regenerative agriculture research, programs and projects.
- An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
Knowledge and Abilities
- You have a deep science-based appreciation of the relationships between climate change, agriculture, and ecosystem services.
- You are familiar with rangeland management and the science, research and practice of regenerative agriculture.
- You have outstanding project management and people skills and you enjoy managing complex programs.
- You see patterns and opportunities where others may see complexity. You’re the person team members look at to create alternative forward paths.
- You are talented at building relationships with agricultural communities and connecting diverse sets of partners and stakeholders.
- You are committed to regenerative, inclusive, local agriculture that provides local food, protects natural resources, sequesters carbon and affords dignified livelihoods to community members while addressing pressing problems of climate change, agricultural sustainability, food security, and racial justice.
- You have a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
This is a full-time, exempt position that requires some presence in MALT’s office in Point Reyes Station and in the West Marin community. Competitive salary and excellent benefits.
How to Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter in PDF format email@example.com.
No phone calls, no walk-ins, no recruiters.
Marin Agricultural Land Trust welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to permanently protect Marin’s agricultural land for agricultural use. MALT is committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace in which everyone is welcomed, valued and supported. We are a team that works together to achieve our goals. We recognize that diverse teams make the strongest teams and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.