Sand County Foundation Seeks Conservation Outreach and Equity Director

Posted on April 1, 2022
Sand County Foundation Seeks Conservation Outreach and Equity Director
Position Title: 506017_1646864608698_SCFLogoLightGreen
Conservation Outreach and Equity Director


Job Purpose:

Sand County Foundation (SCF) is a national nonprofit working at the intersection of agricultural and environmental improvement. We demonstrate conservation strategies that make economic sense for landowners, and advance conservation policy improvements.
The person hired (Madison, WI based or U.S. Remote Option) for this engaging, new outreach position will lead SCF’s Agricultural Conservation team’s education and outreach efforts, specifically our Land Ethic Mentorship program for historically underserved farmers and ranchers. Our team manages a diverse project portfolio with efforts supported by both private and public grants, which encourages an energizing and dynamic work experience. As our programs grow, this person will strengthen our ability to inspire and empower a more diverse group of private landowners, nationally, to adopt a Land Ethic. We are seeking someone who will bring their passion and experience to advance the reach and impact of our work to further conservation knowledge-sharing among farmers and ranchers, agricultural advisors, and conservation districts. An emphasis of this position will be to coordinate education activities including
  • field days and webinars
  • develop and nurture meaningful relationships with organizations that serve BIPOC and other minority agricultural communities
  • identify research priorities and knowledge gaps
  • and communicate project outcomes to a broad audience.


1. Bachelor’s degree, or commensurate experience, in an applied agricultural or natural resource related field, such as
agricultural education, agronomy, environmental planning, soil science, or crop science.
2. Experience working closely with and facilitating discussions between individuals and organizations from diverse
backgrounds and cultures.
3. Proficient oral and written communication and presentation skills; able to effectively disseminate project goals and
outcomes with a variety of stakeholders and audiences.
4. Demonstrated ability to plan and achieve goals, think analytically to solve problems, and identify measurable outputs
and outcomes that result in an impactful project.
5. Competence cultivating trusted relationships with farmers or ranchers, non-operating land owners, and agricultural
6. Exemplified emotional intelligence in leadership including attention to detail, high levels of patience and
perseverance, and the ability to use diplomacy to diffuse difficult situations among project partners and stakeholders.
7. Devoted team-player and ability to work in a collaborative environment, cooperating on multiple projects while
meeting goals and producing high-quality, timely deliverables.
8. Enthusiasm and passion for the mission, goals, and core values of SCF.
9. Willingness to travel to outreach events, including field days, with approximately 10% overnight travel.
10. Candidates must be authorized to work lawfully in the US.


1. Master’s degree, or commensurate experience, with a publication record that incorporates the social sciences.
2. Experience coordinating and hosting agricultural events including workshops, field days, and webinars.
3. Familiarity with local, state, and federal (i.e., Farm Bill) conservation programs.
4. Demonstrated ability to recognize and develop innovations that overcome barriers to conservation adoption.
5. Proficient at speaking, reading and/or writing in multiple languages (bilingual).


SCF is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist workplace. We are
committed to creating a workplace where people from all social identities and backgrounds feel welcome and can thrive. We
believe that rich diversity makes us more innovative, competitive, and creative, which helps us better serve our sponsors,
collaborators, and communities.

SCF offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience and independently verified market comparables, and
provides a generous benefits package. The anticipated salary for this position will range between $65,000 and 80,000, based
on the candidate’s qualifications.

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 18, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. Submit a cover letter,
resume or curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references to
With this opportunity is the potential for growth; we encourage candidates to incorporate into their cover letter a statement
explaining how their innovative ideas, personal strengths, and unique skillsets could be integrated into SCF’s efforts to
complement our mission and program goals. The cover letter is also an opportunity to summarize how past education or
work experience fits within the stated essential and preferred qualifications. For specific questions regarding the position,
please email Heidi Peterson, Ph.D., Vice President Agricultural Research & Conservation at