WANTED: Executive Director for regenerative land coalition (Santa Fe, NM)

The Quivira Coalition is hiring an Executive Director for its Santa Fe, New Mexico headquarters.

The Quivira Coalition’s mission is to build resilience on western working landscapes by fostering ecological, economic and social health through education, innovation, collaboration and progressive public and private land stewardship. Quivira was founded in 1997 by two conservationists and a rancher to work at the “Radical Center,” where people come together to explore their common interests rather than argue their differences. We believe that this is where real change happens, on the actual landscape of Aldo Leopold’s “back forty.”

Quivira programs serve ranchers and farmers, conservationists, scientists, teachers and students, government and tribal agency personnel, and business people committed to progressive natural resources management. Quivira’s collaborative efforts have directly benefited more than 1 million acres of rangeland, 32 linear miles of riparian drainages and more than 15,000 people. The results from a recent survey showed that the Quivira community is currently influencing the stewardship of at least 9.8 million acres throughout the United States.

Current activities include:

  • Producing the annual Quivira Conference, which brings together diverse constituencies from around the world to explore and celebrate regenerative land stewardship
  • Developing our Land and Water consulting service and land management toolbox in order to broadly disseminate land health solutions and soil-based carbon mitigation strategies that are already at work on many public and private lands
  • Conducting on-the-ground riparian and grasslands restoration projects that include workshops and other low-cost, hands-on learning opportunities for the broader Quivira community
  • Expanding our New Agrarian Program to provide apprenticeships, internships and professional networking opportunities for young people throughout the Southwest who are committed to careers at the intersection of natural resource management and regenerative food production
  • Partnering with tribal communities to revive all aspects of land and community health, with a focus on revitalizing local food systems
    Conducting outreach and publication activities, including a membership program, the Quivira website and e-newsletter, an annual journal (Resilience), and occasional technical reports, manuals and field guides.

New agrarianism is a vision of local, sustainable food production from farms and ranches that are utilizing an innovative and rapidly expanding toolbox to manage land health, biodiversity and human well-being simultaneously. It is a vision of agrarians working to sequester carbon in soils, improve water quality and quantity, restore native plant and animal populations, fix creeks, develop local energy sources, invite economically sound community involvement and replenish the working landscape for people and nature alike. It is a vision of coexistence, resilience and stewardship–a place for people in nature, not outside it.

All applications must be received by 5:00 PM MST on JANUARY 31, 2016.

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