Farm Viability and Farmland Protection Specialist
Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry - ARD
Opening posted: 06/03/2021 | Expires: 06/16/2021
This is a professional supervisory position directing the Bureau’s programs to support farm viability and business development and farmland protection state-wide. The position also supports the Bureau’s work to promote soil and water conservation and provides technical assistance to a diverse range of constituents and groups amid Maine’s broad agricultural, economic, geographic, and cultural landscape. The person in this position will be working a combination of office and field work. The work includes providing critical, tangible assistance to farmers, municipalities, and other stakeholders to support working Maine farms and to conserve farmland.
Farm sustainability: A primary focus for this position is supporting farms in their business development, including business planning, funding, and succession planning. Additionally, the position offers technical support to farms, helping them coordinate the resources necessary to develop successful business plans. An important part of this work is supporting the Divisions grant and loan programs, particularly the Farms for the Future program, a grant and technical assistance program supporting beginning farmers.
Farmland protection: This position works with farmers, land trusts, municipalities, and others to protect and conserve Maine farmland. This includes helping farmers develop best practices for land stewardship and, in some cases, to establish easements or other legal structures to protect farmland. The position also directly liaises with the Lands for Maine’s Future (LMF) program and serves as a point-person for LMF projects where the Department holds the conservation easements or is a third-party, and for new projects involving working farmland property. The position also serves as a resource for county, municipal, and other government entities seeking support or guidance on farmland protection issues.
Must apply online.