The New Agrarian Program (NAP) Colorado manager is a collaborative position between the Quivira Coalition and the National Western Center. The NAP Colorado manager is responsible, in partnership with the NAP director, for implementation of Quivira's apprenticeship program in Colorado, as well as building and strengthening the regenerative agriculture community in Colorado.
The ideal NAP Colorado manager candidate is a people-oriented facilitator who has previously worked with ranchers and farmers, in experiential education, and/or in working lands conservation. The ideal candidate works well collaboratively, understands the complex connections between social, economic, and ecological dimensions of agriculture, and is passionate about solving current food production and land stewardship challenges.
This position is based in Colorado, with flexibility around exact location as long as location is within reasonable driving distance of the National Western Center’s campus located in central Denver. As the manager will be predominantly working with the Quivira team and NAP community remotely, access to high-speed, reliable internet is a must. The position also requires travel to conferences, presentations, and other work events throughout the Rocky Mountain west (15-20 percent of work time is non-computer based).
The NAP Colorado manager works collaboratively with the rest of the NAP team to coordinate NAP programming, support current mentors and apprentices, and help to expand the program in Colorado. The Colorado manager is responsible for building supportive relationships with mentors and apprentices in Colorado, supporting mentor operations to help guide them through the apprentice application and hiring processes, and facilitating communication and providing guidance for both apprentices and mentors throughout their year together. The NAP Colorado manager also works with the NAP director and the National Western Center to identify organizational partners, support fundraising efforts, and recruit new mentors and apprentices. For more details, visit https://quiviracoalition.org/colorado-manager/
Established connections to Colorado’s agricultural communities (ideally, the regenerative livestock/ranching community)
A passion for addressing issues in food production (with a focus on regenerative livestock/ranching operations) or land management in the arid and semi-arid West
An interest in regenerative agriculture
Experience with, and an interest in education - teaching, mentoring, or in some other capacity
Ability to build strong professional relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, including mentors, apprentices, coworkers and Colorado’s ranchers and farmers, through in-person meetings, phone, and written communication
A valid driver’s license
Access to reliable internet
Comfortable working a computer-based job, with flexibility to travel to current and potential mentor sites, conferences, and workshops
Experience with regenerative ranching or livestock operations
Experience working as an educator (preferably experiential/hands-on learning)
Experience with community organizing and networking
Strong written and oral communication skills
Photography, design, or creative writing skills
Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects
Experience working with people in diverse environments and with people from different backgrounds
Apply online at https://quiviracoalition.org/colorado-manager/ Please include a current resume with the application. The application takes the place of a cover letter; no cover letter is needed. Please have available the name, phone number, and email of three professional references.
Send questions to Leah Ricci, New Agrarian Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Colorado Manager”
Application deadline March 29, 2021
Two rounds of interviews will take place in April. We are hoping to make a job offer by late April.