California: SAGE seeks Ag Conservancy and AgPark Project Manager

8 Apr
SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) is a small, growing, entrepreneurial non-profit organization located in Berkeley. Our mission is to develop sustainable agriculture at the urban-rural interface, and to engage a culturally diverse regional population with the sustainable agriculture movement. We focus on the development of Agricultural Parks (AgParks) as a land use that advances land access for small and medium scale farmers, enhances natural resources stewardship, and provides fresh food and opportunities for agricultural education for nearby communities. We also focus on integrating regional sustainable agriculture and food systems as fundamental elements in regional sustainability planning and implementation frameworks.

Position Overview
SAGE is seeking an experienced planner to contract as a project manager for a feasibility study and
implementation blueprint for a large, complex, urban-edge Agricultural Conservancy. The contractor will
also oversee feasibility studies and business plan development for pending single parcel Agricultural Park
projects; will mange outreach and business development for additional AgPark projects; and will help
SAGE continue to develop its New Ruralism framework as a bridge between smart growth and regional
sustainable agriculture. The ideal contractor will be interested in transitioning to a staff position.
Position Responsibilities
Ag Conservancy Feasibility Study and Implementation Blueprint responsibilities, include:
• Assist in assembling, and lead the management of, a project team including project partners/advisors
and consultants with expertise in real estate economics, agricultural resources economics, agricultural
business, eco-systems services, public finance, and land use planning. The charge is to assess the
feasibility of retaining and restoring a multiple parcel area of prime agricultural land near the urban
edge into an environmentally sustainable and economically feasible agricultural resource area. The
project manager will directly carry out the tasks for which s/he is qualified and will supervise the
subcontractors for tasks outside of her/his expertise.
• Manage the work plan and budget which are organized into two phases.
Phase 1 – Preliminary Feasibility Assessment. Phase 1 tasks will include reviewing and synthesizing
existing conditions (economics, land uses, regulations, agricultural operations, natural systems,
potential mitigations and resources available, etc.) and making a preliminary determination in a
summary report.
Phase 2 – Blueprint Implementation for the Conservancy (contingent on a positive preliminary
determination). Phase 2 tasks include: researching existing models and best practices; formulating a
vision; and developing a program plan, infrastructure support plan, governance model, and financial
plan for the conservancy. The final deliverable will be a report that describes a prototype for a viable
urban-edge agricultural buffer that meets multiple social, environmental, and economic values.

Ag Park Feasibility Study, Business Plan, and Outreach responsibilities, include:
• Develop and manage an outreach and business development plan to secure additional AgPark projects
and collaborations.
• Once pending and new projects are secured, manage feasibility studies and implementation planning
for Agricultural Parks on specific parcels of public or private land.
• Support the documentation and dissemination of the Sunol AgPark, directly managed by SAGE, as an
AgPark model.
New Ruralism Framework Development and Regional Agriculture Planning, responsibilities include:
• Help shape and implement a strategy to continue to develop and disseminate SAGE’s New Ruralism
framework through publishing, speaking, and other opportunities.
• Support SAGE’s participation in and leadership of regional agriculture and food system planning
efforts and initiatives.
SAGE Team Responsibilities include:

Identify and pursue additional earned-income and other funding opportunities that may advance
SAGE’s work

Support SAGE outreach and communications efforts
Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate for this position will have;
• At least 5 years of professional experience, preferably with a focus on environmental and agriculture
• Masters degree in planning, public policy, economics, or related field
• Passion for and understanding about multifunctional agriculture, sustainable agriculture, and regional
food systems
• Additional education and/or experience in business planning, eco-systems services assessments,
resource economics, and collaborative sustainability planning is a plus.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Demonstrated experience in developing successful grants and contracts
• Outstanding organizational and management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects
on different timelines on-time and on-budget
• Scheduling flexibility to accommodate periods of more and less work
• Ability to work independently, as a part of a team, and as a supervisor of interns
• Professionalism and interpersonal skills
• Interest in helping grow SAGE into more sustainable and established organization and enterprise
The position will average around 100 hours per month. Please state hourly rate desired in the application
cover letter. Position is a contract position with the possibility of transitioning to staff, depending on
funding and candidate interest.
The position will have a work station available at the SAGE office in the David Brower Center and/or can
work from a remote office.
To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, three references, and 1-2 brief writing samples to
Applications will be accepted until position is filled. The anticipated start date of the position is May 1.

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