Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Put your education and experience to work to promote sustainable agriculture practices and work with family farmers, small producers and limited-resource farmers! The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is a private non-profit corporation that works to promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. NCAT is seeking a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist who wants to make a contribution to sustainable farming and ranching practices. If you are a self-directed leader with strong skills in communication and project development, this is a great opportunity for you! This regular, full-time position will be based at NCAT’s office in Davis California


  • The position requires a BA/BS degree in agriculture, agronomy, soils, integrated pest management, horticulture or related field, or a related field along with six years of relevant experience or an MA/MS degree and four years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Three years’ experience in developing new projects and managing projects
  • Must be Fluent in written and spoken Spanish.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Commitment and passion for the NCAT mission;
  • Knowledge of California agriculture and related organizations and groups;
  • Excellent communication skills, with experience in public speaking, presentation, writing, editing and research;
  • The ability to build relationships with farmers, ranchers, community organizations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations;
  • Grant and proposal writing skills;
  • Familiarity with integrated farming systems, concepts of sustainability and environmentally friendly practices;
  • Knowledge of commercial horticulture, agronomic production, market gardeners or farmers markets and with farm business development;
  • Collaborate with limited-resource farmers and farmers from a variety of different cultural backgrounds;
  • The ability to recognize and pursue development opportunities;
  • Willingness to travel and work independently.


  • Provide farmers and ranchers with information and technical assistance on environmentally sound practices for agronomic and horticultural crops and livestock production by phone, e-mail, social media, workshops, and field demonstrations;
  • Peruse development opportunities, participate in grant and proposal writing process;
  • Manage projects to ensure project work and deliverables are being met;
  • Work with Outreach Specialist to promote workshops and events organized by the California office;
  • Liaison with farm and agriculture organizations and groups that assist farmers, particularly limited-resource farmers;
  • Research, write and edit publications on sustainable agriculture topics to assist clients;
  • Create educational materials such as publications, videos, webinars, podcasts, and online tutorials;
  • Seek out projects and opportunities to provide training in Spanish and English to immigrant farmers, new farmers and producers interested in developing more sustainable cropping and marketing systems;
  • Collaborate with staff as a member of one or more technical teams in developing written materials and projects;
  • Actively seek out funding for new projects and develop ideas related to sustainable agriculture into fundable projects;
  • Build and strengthen relationships with partners and stakeholders.

Salary and Benefits:
$55,000 – $65,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation and holidays, health, life and disability insurance, a cafeteria and 401(k) plan, and a pleasant, professional working environment.

Application Process:
Applications will be accepted through October 7, 2018, or until a suitable candidate can be identified. Early applications are encouraged and applications will be considered as they are received. All persons interested in being considered for the position must submit a cover letter highlighting their experience and skills relevant to the listed qualifications, a current resume and a completed NCAT application. Incomplete applications or reference on the application to “see resume” will not be considered. Applicants can visit NCAT’s homepage at for a gateway to websites and projects developed by NCAT staff. Send completed application materials to:

Kriss Sullivan
NCAT Human Resource Specialist
P.O. Box 3838
Butte, MT 59702

For convenience this announcement is also available in PDF format.


NCAT Application Form.

NCAT’s mission is to help people by championing small-scale, local and sustainable solutions to promote healthy communities, reduce poverty and protect natural resources. Our work brings together diverse partnerships and communities to help reduce poverty and protect our natural resources. We strive to be a multicultural organization that embraces the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical ability, religious or political belief and marital or veteran status. Diversity creates healthy communities. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are reflective of the communities that we serve.

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