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Now Hiring: Regenerative Agriculture Coordinator

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Position Summary

The Ag Wing Coordinator (AWC) balances strategic planning and development of RDG’s  Regenerative Agriculture Wing with day-to-day project management, client-facing work, and RDG team participation. The AWC works with RDG’s Head of Regenerative Ag and the Managing Director to develop and execute strategic goals for business development, marketing, and networking while also pursuing grant funding and publication opportunities.

The AWC also collaborates with members of the Site Design and Resilience Planning teams on projects with agricultural components to ensure design and planning recommendations reflect best practices. Through this work, the Ag Wing Coordinator enables RDG to provide exceptional service and thought leadership to its clients, collaborators, and communities of practice.

The AWC is a full-time position that requires a consistent presence both in our Greenfield, MA studio and on project sites throughout New England. Our studio supports hybrid work arrangements wherein team members can choose to work from home for part of the week.

Firm Background

Regenerative Design Group is a worker-owned ecological design practice dedicated to creating productive landscapes and resilient communities. We work across scales, offering innovative, practical, and flexible solutions for individuals, institutions, and communities. Our capacity for interdisciplinary thinking is informed by our backgrounds in ecology, agriculture, conservation, architecture, and education. Grounded in the principles of ecological design, our team weaves the elements of any project into a high-functioning whole system. Together, we work on a variety of public and private projects ranging from small residential design to bioregional planning.

Our projects span the three wings of our company: Ecological Site Design, Climate Resiliency Planning, and Regenerative Agriculture. Across disciplines, we prioritize climate resilience, social equity, ecological + public health, and cultural sensitivity. We value diversity and inclusion and are committed to fostering a work environment that supports and celebrates diverse perspectives. Employees become eligible to become worker-owners of the company after 2-years of employment. We strive to create a flexible, supportive work environment for individuals to thrive personally and excel professionally.

RDG is an equal opportunity employer. Age, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation does not affect RDG’s hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, development opportunities, pay, or benefits.

Responsibilities

Wing Coordination and Project Management (30%)

  • Coordinate and manage project timelines and budgets to ensure timely delivery of high quality technical and planning services across full suite of active projects
  • Manage lead development + project pipeline including grant and RFP response development

Project Management (20%)

  • Develop project scope, timeline, and contracts in collaboration with Managing Director and Ag Wing Leader
  • Manage individual projects to ensure clear communication, excellent outcomes for clients, and studio profitability

Client Project Work (30%)

  • Provide technical agricultural assistance including:
      • current conditions and opportunities assessments
      • practice recommendations
      • whole farm planning
      • business planning + enterprise budgeting
  • Consult on agricultural components for projects in the RDG Planning + Site Design wings

Strategic Planning + Wing Development (10%)

  • Collaborate with Ag Wing Leader and Managing Director to develop and execute annual strategic plan
  • Identify funding opportunities to support high-impact projects + longer-term development goals
  • Provide monthly project performance summary
  • Coordinate with team members to ensure project portfolio and website reflect RDG’s best work and strategic direction
  • Develop articles, white papers, and presentations that support the evolution of agriculture

Team Participation + Development (10%)

  • Attend and contribute to weekly team meetings
  • Work with Wing Leaders to integrate findings from Site Design and Planning teams into agricultural planning and design projects

Expertise + Experience

Core Competencies

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication
  • Project development and management
  • Proposal, project report, and/or grant writing
  • Confidence and clarity working with landowners and clients through planning and design processes
  • Computer programs: Some or all of Adobe Creative Suite, QGIS, Sketchup, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Miro, Airtable, etc

highly Desirable Experience and Skills

  • Field experience in farming
  • Pasture improvement and herd management
  • Management of annual or perennial crop systems
  • Agroforestry systems management
  • Strategic planning

knowledge/experience in one or more of the following is desirable

  • Temperate climate regenerative agriculture
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Food systems and regional food policy
  • Food sovereignty and land justice
  • Permaculture and whole systems design
  • Soil sampling, in-field soil assessment, and soil test interpretation
  • Development of whole farm management plans
  • Assessment of landscape patterns

Benefits + Compensation

  • Starting $25.75 to $28.00 /hr ($51,500 to $56,000 Annual FTE), commensurate with experience, with annual raises.
  • Flexible hours + remote work arrangements.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO): Our policy accrues PTO time at one (1) hour of PTO for every twenty-five (25) hours worked; roughly equivalent to 2-weeks/year for full-time employees.
  • Dental and vision plans with 75% premium coverage for employees; family coverage available.
  • Professional development funds and on-going self-directed training opportunities.
  • Performance bonuses for non-worker owners; profit-sharing patronage for worker-owners.
  • Eligibility to become a worker-owner after 2-years of employment.

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