NSAS is hiring!
Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society is seeking a part-time Program Manager.
As a key member of NSAS’s development team, the Program Manager will manage and support Nebraska’s oldest sustainable agriculture organization, with the mission “to promote agriculture and food systems that build healthy land, people, communities and quality of life, for present and future generations.” Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society is a non-profit grass-roots organization, now in its fourth decade.
The Program Manager will report to the NSAS Board of directors and work in accordance with the bylaws of the organization. This individual will be involved in all aspects of maintaining organization of the membership, website, social media, creating sustainable income streams and organizing the annual conference and other outreach events.
This position will begin part-time at 25-30 hours/week; with adequate fundraising, management, and grants, may become a full-time position. Work hours can be flexible; some weekend and evening hours will be required for meetings and events. Regular office hours expected with flexibility of days and scheduling.
Job Title: PROGRAM MANAGER
Position Type: Part time; remote/work from home.
Travel Required: Projected as occasional travel, typically within Nebraska for events & meetings.
Location: within the state of Nebraska; Central or Eastern Nebraska will require less travel
Salary/Pay Range: Commensurate with experience and education. Compensation will be set by the NSAS
Board of Directors.
To apply: Submit a resume & cover letter (including best contact information). Accepted by EMAIL to:
Review the full Program Manager job description, role and responsibilities, and qualifications HERE.
Interested in being a mentor? Please complete this short form!
NSAS has partnered with the Center for Rural Affairs on a Beginning Farmer Conservation Fellowship Program to pair nine beginning farmers, or “fellows,” with a mentor, matching on shared farming practices, enterprises, and location. We’re recruiting farmer-mentors who have:
The program provides a stipend of $1,000 to mentors for their time and any travel costs or expenses for on-farm visits. The mentorship term is from March 2023 - February 2024.
A year-end note from NSAS President
As the wheel of the calendar turns, it's a time for many of those things that are the huge parts of farming that aren't farming. Who first told me that a lot of farming isn't farming? I think someone in NSAS nearly 30 years ago told me so, along with many other pieces of knowledge slung quietly my way when I took time to pay attention, listen and hear what folks far more experienced than I had to say and share. One of my personal parts of paper-work season is memberships, along with as much calendar planning as I can for the next year (think NSAS conference!), as well as reflection backwards and best look forward. As you think about the year to come, I remind and invite you to add in the 2023 NSAS conference -- with lots of workshop sessions and loads of information, but also elements that are key to the intangible part that makes NSAS so compelling–the people, the peer-to-peer learning, the "how are you?" time with friends I see but once a year. Without idealizing NSAS, it is a place where we come together at the table of sustainable agriculture while sharing, exploring, and accepting a broad base of what that means to each of us in idea and practice.
In service of our larger Nebraska sustainable agriculture community, the NSAS board and staff have been working this past year to continue and strengthen our outreach, connections, and the framework and foundation of NSAS. We were thrilled to make connections through field days again and look forward to a growing slate of those opportunities for 2023. In my second tenure on the NSAS board with a large expanse of time between terms, and as board president a second time around as well, I step forward to the greater community with these reflections for you. We all have just a figurative minute with shorter days before we're back outside more, with hopefully "just the right" weather in between now and then, but I do ask for you to consider a few things.
Do you feel called to be of service to sustainable agriculture through a connection with NSAS? Can you renew your membership if it has lapsed or will you join us if you have yet to become a member? Do you have a passion for governance and board work? You can self-nominate to run for the NSAS board, and we have a slate of strong leaders on deck for our annual election cycle, to be held at the annual business meeting on our 2023 Saturday conference day (a small but important part of the conference schedule!). Do you have gifts to share knowledge and experience through mentorship? NSAS is looking at year 2 of our grant work in cooperation with the Center for Rural Affairs and are looking for farmer mentors. Do you have a donor advised (or other) fund where NSAS fits your funding criteria? Donors and donated funds help move NSAS forward with special projects, scholarships, printed materials, sustainable ag outreach, peer-learning, youth education, and more! Your gift is important to the work we do here! Can you share about NSAS with a friend or neighbor and invite them to join in? Do you have a farm tour or other outreach idea that you would like to share for 2023? The board has some fun ideas for connecting beyond conference time and farm tours, though I haven't quite got everyone to agree to a kick-ball game yet.
Is the adage "now more than ever" any less true than 30 or 40 years ago? It is only more true...and we all know it to be so. Our daily work and passions show us this...that's why we're still here. Sustainable agriculture is not a place or even an end-goal, and NSAS can sometimes (like sustainable ag) be abstract...it is not a place, or a moment or a singular experience; but it is what we bring together to create the shared experience and exchange for all of us. It is the space between here and there, between Hartington and Scottsbluff, Holdrege and Ord, between boots and soil, muck and mulch.
Join in through membership, the conference, volunteer opportunities, and your favorite and mine–silent auction time at the conference. Please do, join us. Your participation and membership are truly key.
With respect and appreciation,
Ruth Chantry, NSAS Board President
- a note from NSAS Board President, Ruth Chantry
I don’t want to make too many assumptions about the weather and climate for all in Nebraska, but my own observations of this season’s erratic and challenging weather conditions have me ruminating mightily on what I might gain with this dance of sustainable agriculture and this season in particular. The umbrella of sustainable ag that I always emphasize is one that is a creative, not prescriptive, endeavor which calls all of us to pay attention, solve problems creatively, and gain new wisdom through the challenges brought before us. As I am negotiating significant weed pressure by hand (amaranth, bindweed, grasses, and more) because our tractor is down and no transmission is in sight to replace it, I remind myself that weeds CAN tell me something–our soil IS fertile, the spring was wet, and I wonder more about what might I do to still improve and modify. I think that is perhaps called hope.
Not to say all my weeding and cultivating thoughts are so lofty, but the intent is there. Mid-season is an easy time to start feeling a bit of a grind and it’s a good time to remind ourselves to find community with others as we can. Peer-to-peer learning, talking about weather and weed travails and highlighting our successes are worthy of our time and effort within our NSAS community and however you can reach out to others near (or not so near) to you.
One of the beauties of serving on the NSAS board is that it also provides an opportunity to connect with others throughout Nebraska and though the Board members get to the business at hand quickly at our regular meetings, it is good to see familiar faces and hear about plans, plantings, and lives from others spread across Nebraska doing good work. The February NSAS voting cycle seems distant, but it’s not too soon to bring forward the idea for members to consider running for the board for the next voting cycle. You might add this to your own mid-day ruminations to see if this is where you could share some of your own time and talents, or otherwise think how you can step forward to NSAS in the coming year.
The NSAS Board of Directors has been meeting about every six weeks to address on-going business and provide guidance on the grants and projects that came forward right as Meg Jackson, NSAS Program Coordinator, began her tenure with NSAS. As a group, we’re looking forward to reflections and peer-learning updates at our 2023 Conference with some of our grant project participants. Another focus for the current NSAS Board is to get a firm grasp on a revised and current operating budget, ever more important with several grants, grant-cycles and increased staff time expenditures. We’re keyed in to creating ever-more-solid organizational systems for forward motion so that NSAS’s focus can continue to be on shared information, learning, and programs while we also have organizational responsibility. At this time, the NSAS Executive Committee operates as liaison and oversight for our staff person and the EC meets additionally as needed. For other focused and heavy lifting as we get into 2023 Annual Conference planning, a conference advisory committee is in place with representation from the NSAS Board and from NSAS general membership. We’re thrilled to already announce a Save the Date for the 2023 NSAS Conference, to be held again at The Leadership Center in Aurora, NE. MARK YOUR CALENDARS for February 3 and 4, 2023; more info at www.sustainablenebraska.org/conference.
In the nearer term, please watch for on-going updates as we slate some field days and other events for the season. Just as in planting or slating butchering dates, NSAS is keeping an eye on the now and on the six- and twelve-months from now! We look forward to seeing folks here, there or somewhere. For myself, I’ll likely continue to deepen my unfortunate relationship with bindweed and pigweed this season. Ask me about bindweed next winter ANYTIME and we can chat for hours! Non-bindweed thoughts or questions -- reach out to myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or to NSAS Program Coordinator Meg Jackson at email@example.com in response to calls for action, events or questions.
As we celebrate this historic national and state-recognized day for and with Indigenous communities, let's also recognize the indigenous knowledge, stewardship, conservation, and skills that exist within the NSAS network. 1011 News has begun to document this historic commemoration at the State Capitol.
NSAS member Dawn Hill (Choctaw, link to her bio) is Co-President of the Board of Directors and a full-time staff of the Tapestry Institute (https://tapestryinstitute.org/). The Tapestry Institute weaves Indigenous Knowledge to life through activities and publications that use Indigenous ways of knowing, learning about, and responding to the natural world.
If you would like to help highlight Indigenous voices, farmers, food system advocates- please reach out so we can continue to uplift diverse work and lives within our NSAS network. Nominate an indigenous speaker for the Feb 4-5 2022 Healthy Farms Conference, board member, 2022 Field Day, or grant partner.
wiblaho & yakokí (Thank you with gratitude in Omaha-Ponca & Choctaw)
March 6th, 2021 Gather Film Screening
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