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Sustainable Agriculture Lead at Inland Empire Resource Conservation District - 12943

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Sustainable Agriculture Lead
Inland Empire Resource Conservation District
25864-K Business Center Drive
92374 Redlands , CA
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About the IERCD

The Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD) is a local public agency, headquartered in the City of Redlands and providing wildland restoration, sustainable agriculture, forestry and fire prevention, and education/ outreach service to residents in southwestern San Bernardino and northwestern Riverside counties. Governed by a seven-member board of directors appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors, the IERCD covers nearly 1,300 square miles of service area within which a range of biological features and cultural landmarks exist. A team of biological, educational, project management, and administrative staff work to carry out the District’s vision, both through IERCD-focused projects and in collaborating with a variety of federal, state, other local public, and private, non-profit entities.

Position Overview

The Sustainable Agriculture Lead position is responsible for supporting the development of IERCD’s Sustainable Agriculture Programs including identifying opportunities to support farmers with implementing conservation practices, supporting the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation project, expanding community garden partnerships, and developing partnerships with other agricultural organizations in the region. Typical tasks include meeting regularly with regional partners and farmers, coordinating regional agriculture efforts resulting from the SALC grant, developing grant applications to support sustainable agriculture work, identifying new partnerships and projects to grow our agricultural work, supporting IERCD agricultural staff with project development, and representing IERCD at various meetings and conferences about our work. The Sustainable Agriculture Lead reports to and serves under the supervision of the IERCD Conservation Programs Manager within the Community Conservation Department.

Position Requirements

• Demonstrated knowledge and experience with sustainable agriculture, conservation of soil and water, and community engagement around these topics
• Ability to work collaboratively with Conservation Programs Manager and other IERCD staff to develop and lead new agricultural programs administered by the IERCD
• Experience and knowledge in accessing funding sources including contributing to grant research and development.
• Capacity to manage complex grants involving multiple timelines, deliverables, and subcontractors
• Ability to develop durable relationships with a variety of stakeholders including private landowners, nonprofit organizations, universities, and local, state, and federal agencies
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Be in possession of a current California Driver’s License and auto insurance, as well as reliable transportation

Additional Desired Skills and Experience

• Experience facilitating collaboration at a regional scale
• Bilingual in Spanish preferred, but not required

Key Capacities:

• Highly motivated, organized, and self-directing with the ability to prioritize workload
• Ability to collaborate on the planning and approach to a complex project, then execute tasks independently
• Good listener and clear communicator with ability to maintain positive relationships with supervisors, peers, and partners
• Ability to collaborate well with partners and community members to reach goals
• Maintenance of a professional approach to project work characterized by flexibility, positivity, and openness to feedback

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Duties and Responsibilities

Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Grant

1. In coordination with the IERCD Conservation Programs Manager, implement the deliverables of the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Grant focused on developing regional collaboration and establishing an agricultural easement program at the IERCD
2. Develop and organize an urban agriculture stakeholder group to discuss agricultural priorities and opportunities
3. Research and develop outreach materials related to agricultural easement programs
4. Outreach to farmers about opportunities for agricultural land preservation and funding programs

Regional Agriculture Collaboration

1. Advance partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies to support the development of IERCD’s Sustainable Agriculture Program
2. Identify grant opportunities and apply for grants in partnership with regional partners.
3. Work with Resource Conservation Districts throughout Southern California on the development of a Carbon Farm Hub and support the development of Carbon Farm Plans.
4. Participate in regional, state, and national agricultural committees and trainings
5. Represent the IERCD at meetings, advisory councils, and workshops

Program Development and Tracking

1. Identify potential projects and programs, and funding sources, for IERCD’s growing agriculture program
2. Support agriculture team staff on project development and implementation with regional farmers
3. Set up systems with agriculture team staff to better track successes and metrics for reporting
4. In coordination with Conservation Programs Manager, play an integral role in budgeting and risk management aspects of programming


1. Contribute to IERCD annual reports
2. Assist with other projects as identified by Conservation Programs Manager

Education & Experience: 

Education/Experience Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, environmental science, natural resources management, or related field, or equivalent experience
• 2+ years of related job experience in sustainable agriculture or natural resources project management, including components of community outreach, program development, and partnership development


The position of Sustainable Agriculture Lead is a non-exempt full-time position. Salary Range: No less than $62,400


Full time IERCD employees receive a Cafeteria Plan Stipend of $847 per month for health insurance and are enrolled in the CalPERS Retirement Program. The benefit package also includes a monthly phone stipend, 12 paid holidays, and paid vacation and sick leave.

Application Instructions: 

To apply, please submit resume, cover letter, and references to:
By Email: Susie Kirschner, Conservation Programs Manager

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