The National Center for Appropriate Technology or NCAT has been helping people build resilient communities through local and sustainable solutions that reduce poverty, strengthen self-reliance, and protect natural resources since 1976. NCAT is a trusted, practical connector for individuals and businesses who are working to leave our world better than we found it. NCAT works to foster and promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. NCAT’s work includes nationally recognized projects in energy, agriculture, food, and rural development.
NCAT is seeking a full-time Sustainable Agriculture Specialist who can reach out to underserved audiences in Texas and make an immediate contribution to our work in the Southwest region. The specialist will assist farmers and ranchers in adopting sustainable agricultural practices that improve soil health, address risks associated with climate change, and build more profitable farms and ranches. Work will take place at NCAT’s Southwest Regional Office in San Antonio and in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. This position will provide an outstanding opportunity to work with a dedicated and professional staff on a national level. If you are a self-directed leader with strong knowledge of agriculture and skills in communication and project development, this is a great opportunity for you!
The preferred location for this position is San Antonio, Texas, but the position also may be located elsewhere in South Texas, with the ability to commute to the NCAT office in San Antonio and to the Lower Rio Grande Valley on an as-needed basis.
This position requires an BA/BS degree in agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, soil science, pasture and range management, or a communications field such as media studies, public relations, or journalism, along with a minimum of five years of farming and/or communications experience; or an MA/MS degree in one of these fields and a minimum of three years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Spanish language proficiency is strongly preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Commitment and passion for the NCAT mission;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with experience filming and editing videos, writing articles, public speaking, and social media. Spanish proficiency is strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of agriculture in the Southwest, related organizations and government agencies;
- Strong knowledge of agriculture relevant to specialty crops, field crops, cover crops, horticulture, agroforestry, natural resource management, farm marketing, and farm business management;
- Familiarity with integrated farming systems, concepts of sustainability and environmentally friendly, regenerative agricultural practices, soil health, climate-friendly farming, and/or water conservation;
- The ability to collaborate with limited-resource farmers and people from a variety of different cultural backgrounds;
- The ability to build relationships with farmers, ranchers, community organizations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations and other partners;
- The ability to recognize and pursue development opportunities;
- Grant and proposal writing skills;
- Knowledge of outreach and marketing practices;
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
- Willingness to travel and work independently.
- Promote and support NCAT’s mission;
- Conduct media campaigns that include creating short videos, blog posts, newsletter articles, fliers, social media pieces, and fact sheets;
- Provide regionally appropriate technical assistance to farmers by phone, email, social media, workshops, and field demonstrations;
- Create educational materials such as publications, videos, podcasts, and online webinars and tutorials;
- Work with Communications Team to develop and distribute appropriate and timely messaging about NCAT’s programs and services, promote workshops and events; with a goal of improving technical services to farmers and increasing NCAT’s visibility. Outreach activities include writing newsletters, blog posts, press releases, workshop announcements, and attending and presenting at local and regional meetings and conferences;
- Research, write and edit publications on sustainable agriculture topics to assist clients;
- Build and strengthen relationships with partners and stakeholders who share our commitment to sustainable, organic, and regenerative farming practices;
- Seek development opportunities for new projects and participate in proposal and grant writing processes.
- Manage projects to ensure project work and deliverables are being met;
- Liaise with farm and agriculture organizations and groups that assist farmers, particularly limited resource farmers;
- Collaborate with staff as a member of one or more technical teams in developing written materials and projects.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: $45,000 -$55, 000 annually depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include flexible schedule, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, a cafeteria and 401(k) plan and a pleasant, professional environment.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate can be identified. Early applications are encouraged. Applicants are encouraged to visit the NCAT and ATTRA websites to learn more about NCAT and what we do.
All persons interested in being considered for the position must:
- Upload a resume and cover letter through our BambooHR software. Simply choose the position you are applying for and then click “apply for this job” to upload your materials. Don’t forget to highlight your experience and skills relevant to the qualifications, skills and responsibilities listed above.
- Complete the NCAT Supplemental Application Information.
Note: Incomplete applications packets will not be considered.
Questions about the application process can be directed to:
Director of Human Resources
NCAT’s mission is to help people build resilient communities through local and sustainable solutions that reduce poverty, strengthen self-reliance, 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. NCAT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.