Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) permanently protects Marin County’s family farms and ranches from development, ensuring that these working lands will continue to provide local food, open range and rich natural habitat for generations to come. Some of the Bay Area’s most acclaimed meats, cheeses, milk, fruits and vegetables come from farms and ranches protected by MALT. Since 1980 MALT has protected over 54,000 acres of Marin’s farmland, forever.
Over the past ten years, MALT’s Stewardship Assistance Program (SAP) has contributed to a wide variety of conservation practices on farms, ranches and dairies protected by MALT agricultural conservation easements. Through careful planning, 135 projects have leveraged significant state and federal funding while building landowner relationships, proactively preventing easement violations, improving water quality, building climate resiliency and helping producers to reduce on-farm GHG emissions. SAP has gained an increased interest from landowners and donors over the past several years.
MALT’s comfortable office is located just off Highway 1 in the vibrant community of Point Reyes Station in beautiful West Marin, home to Cowgirl Creamery, Bovine Bakery and Toby’s Feed Barn. Tomales Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore and other outdoor wonders are only minutes away. We offer competitive salary, paid vacation and sick time, health, dental and vision insurance, retirement benefits, family friendly policies and a commitment to honoring work-life balance. Come join our team of highly motivated and passionate staff who care deeply about our mission and one another.
The Stewardship Program Manager — Sustainable Management is a full-time, exempt position on MALT’s Conservation Team working under the direction of the Associate Director of Conservation — Stewardship. This position provides program and project management for MALT’s Stewardship Assistance Program (SAP), including but not limited to, (i) managing program development, (ii) providing on-the-ground technical assistance to farmers and ranchers and (ii) planning and implementing complex stewardship and climate-beneficial projects with multiple stakeholders, contractors, and funding partners.
In addition, the Stewardship Program Manager — Sustainable Management works closely with the Conservation Team staff to monitor conservation easements, support the easement acquisition program and educate the public about the importance of farm and ranchland conservation and stewardship in Marin.
The Stewardship Program Manager — Sustainable Management will work both at MALT’s Point Reyes Station office and in the field throughout West Marin, with an option to work remotely when circumstances permit or require. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.
Essential Duties and Functions
SAP Program and Project Management (including climate beneficial practices) (65%)
- Respond to and document inquires from the public, partners and landowners regarding MALT’s stewardship work and SAP and carbon farming programs.
- Manage SAP projects including planning, outreach and coordination with MRCD, project design, reviewing bids and contractor communication, monitoring and documenting projects before, during and after implementation.
- Develop new projects by screening and ranking applications, managing contracts with multiple agencies, sourcing materials and services and developing and tracking budgets and work plans.
- Participate in developing and implementing the SAP and climate-beneficial practices component of MALT’s annual operating plan and budget.
- Maintain and strengthen relationships and cooperative agreements with the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), MRCD, and NRCS.
- Identify and alleviate barriers to the design and implementation of SAP projects.
- Represent MALT in local and regional organizations, activities and projects related to sustainable management and climate beneficial practices.
Easement Monitoring (15%)
- Conduct easement monitoring visits in accordance with MALT’s monitoring policy and field monitoring protocols.
- Document monitoring visits and complete follow-up reporting, including but not limited to, mapping, photo documentation, funding agency reporting, letters to landowners and online database document retention.
- Document easement compliance matters and issues of concern identified in the field and report them to the Associate Director – Stewardship.
- Work to establish and maintain positive relationships and communications with landowners, agricultural producers, and organizational partners.
Cross-Departmental Collaboration, Community Engagement and Partnership (20%)
- Assist with strategic initiatives including the development and implementation of conservation goals and SAP programmatic development.
- Work with MALT’s Outreach, Communications and Development Team to produce communications and events about MALT’s stewardship work.
- Represent MALT in local collaborations with the Marin Resource Conservation District and other partners; participate in local coalitions.
- Represent MALT through speaking engagements and presentations.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural or natural resources management, range management, soil science, ecology, community development or related field.
- Minimum four years of conservation project management or stewardship experience, including design and implement of conservation and climate beneficial practices, monitoring agricultural conservation easements, preparing baseline reports and experience providing technical assistance to agricultural operators
- An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
Knowledge and Abilities
- Minimum 4 years of professional work experience performing land management or stewardship functions on agricultural lands; land trust, resource conservation district or Natural Resource Conservation Service experience preferred.
- Familiarity with agriculture and rangeland management, agricultural land access and other agricultural conservation issues.
- Science-based knowledge of the relationships between climate change, agricultural practices, and ecosystem services; understanding of methods used for measuring and modeling climate impacts of agricultural practices.
- Outstanding project management and analytical skills with the ability to work independently on multiple complex projects.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrated experience creating maps and managing data with the current generation of ArcGIS software products.
- Ability to work collaboratively to build MALT’s relationships with Marin’s agricultural community and MALT’s programmatic and policy partners.
- Must be able to hike up to 6 miles per day over steep and rugged terrain, and be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
- Must have experience driving an off-road vehicle (standard transmission) on steep and rugged terrain.
- Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license required with acceptable DMV record and automobile liability insurance.
- A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
This is a full-time, exempt position at MALT’s office in Point Reyes Station, with remote work during SIP and possibly after. Competitive salary and excellent benefits.
How to Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter in PDF format firstname.lastname@example.org.
No phone calls, no walk-ins, no recruiters.
MALT is an equal-opportunity employer.