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Current openings:

Media and Community Engagement Intern

Minnesota Women in Conservation State Coordinator

Renewing the Countryside: Development and Communications Manager

 


Media and Community Engagement Intern

Renewing the Countryside’s mission is to cultivate and support vibrant, sustainable and equitable communities. Since 2002, we have served as connectors and facilitators, bringing together community members to advance ideas that contribute to economic, social, and environmental wealth. At RTC, we have a clear vision: to be an organization where talented people want to come, to stay, and to do their best work. We deeply value a diverse group of staff in creating an inclusive and collaborative environment, and engaging in work that promotes equity.

 

Position title: Media and Community Engagement Intern

The Media and Community Engagement Intern position is a temporary, part-time (10-20 hrs/week), hybrid role starting immediately with potential for extension through December, if interested. This position is partially remote. The intern will be expected to travel to attend community events throughout the summer and fall (primarily in August and September). Orientation/training will be provided.

 

Compensation: $15/ hour

 

Media/Communications (50%)

  • Work with new communications lead to collaborate across programs regarding communications, marketing, and design
  • Assist in the creation of digital, video,and audio content
  • Help with website development and maintenance
  • Bolster RTC social media presence by creating social media posts, managing social media

 

Community Engagement (50%)

  • Provide support for RTC staff at community events (Come & Get It, Minnesota State Fair, Urban Agriculture Field Days)
    • Run letterpress activity
    • Document events by taking photos and videos and writing reflections
    • Help with development of tabling materials
  • Events we hope the intern will be able to attend: 
    • Growing Your Community, Little Falls: August 1st
    • Aitkin Summer Sip and Savor, Aitkin: August 15th
    • Clover Valley Farm Fest, Two Harbors: August 25th
    • Butcher’s Dinner and Barn Dance, Finlayson: September 7th
    • Out Local Plate - Farm Fest and Market, Moorhead: September 14th
    • Deep Roots Festival, Detroit Lakes:September 14th
    • Harvest Star, Spicer, MN: September 20th and 21st
    • Meet Your Makers, Northfield: September 29th

 

Qualifications:

  • Driver’s license and willingness to travel to events throughout Minnesota
  • Strong computer skills and experience with website development
  • Creativity; interest in arts and facilitating art activities with community members
  • Capability to enthusiastically build relationships
  • Organized and detail-oriented mindset, with time and project management skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Familiarity with local food systems
  • Excellent photography skills
  • Excellent social media skills

 

Renewing the Countryside is a family-friendly employer. We provide equal opportunity for employment and condemn discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other factor. We are committed to equity and strongly encourage people who are BIPOC, women, LGBTQIA+, and/or from other underrepresented or marginalized communities to apply. 

This is a remote position that will require some travel for meetings and events

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter & resume by email to: [email protected]. You may also direct questions to [email protected]. We will begin reviewing applications by July 15, 2024 and the position will remain open until filled. 

 

A Note to Potential Candidates:

These qualifications serve as a guide for knowledge and capabilities that will be helpful in this position rather than a list of requirements that each candidate must meet. If you are interested, please apply whether you feel you meet every qualification or not. We recognize that every person has a unique and dynamic set of experiences and skills that can positively contribute to our efforts. We appreciate each individual’s strengths and encourage learning and growing into roles at a comfortable pace.


Minnesota Women in Conservation State Coordinator

Renewing the Countryside’s mission is to cultivate and support vibrant, sustainable and equitable communities. Since 2002, we have served as connectors and facilitators, bringing together community members to advance ideas that contribute to economic, social, and environmental wealth. At RTC, we have a clear vision: to be an organization where talented people want to come, to stay, and to do their best work. We deeply value a diverse group of staff in creating an inclusive and collaborative environment, and engaging in work that promotes equity.

 

Minnesota Women in Conservation (MNWiC) is a state-wide collaborative effort to bring together Minnesota women landowners to learn about conservation practices, resources, and funding opportunities. This initiative is modeled after the successful Wisconsin Women in Conservation (WIWiC) and funded by a 2-year NRCS Equity in Conservation Outreach Cooperative Agreement. 

 

Through learning circles, field days, conservation planning assistance, webinars, and newsletters, MNWiC will connect, empower, educate and inspire women-- for the sake of the land and our local communities.

 

MNWiC will be coordinated by Renewing the Countryside, in partnership with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, the managing Wisconsin partner. We are seeking to hire a State Coordinator for this exciting initiative.

 

Position Summary

Working with a team of agricultural and natural resource advocates, the State Coordinator will manage and coordinate the MNWiC Program in Minnesota. We are looking for someone who has experience developing new initiatives, enjoys working with people, has an excellent understanding of conservation on working lands, has experience managing people, and is able to work with a diverse audience and a broad range of partners. 

 

Required Skills and Experience

  • Six years of education and/or experience, including at least two years managing projects or programs.
  • Experience effectively managing and facilitating diverse teams, partnerships, and advisory groups.
  • Ability to build connections and communicate effectively with a broad audience.
  • Experience, knowledge, or training in conservation, natural resource management, agriculture, or related fields.
  • Ability to plan and implement successful in-person and online workshops and events.
  • Ability to confidently juggle multiple tasks, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • Experience and passion working with diverse groups & building culturally sensitive & respectful relationships.
  • Comfort and skill in using technology - including Google, Zoom, Microsoft Office, etc.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Drivers license and ability to travel to meetings and events.

 

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Excellent understanding of federal conservation programs and agencies
  • Excellent understanding of agriculture and natural resource systems
  • Experience in adult education
  • Skills and experience in communications
  • Two years experience supervising staff or contractors

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key partners and make connections with federal, state, county, and nonprofit entities who have conservation programs.
  • Manage and support a team of three regional coordinators located around Minnesota to implement learning circles, field days, regional summits, and other events, including bi-weekly team meetings
  • Coordinate and facilitate bi-weekly meetings of the core team and regular meetings with advisory team
  • Help lead communications effort to collectively amplify project outreach and awareness 
  • Coordinate and implement webinars
  • Ensure activities align with grant deliverables and develop quarterly repots
  • Lead the planning and execution of an annual in-person meeting with conservation professionals
  • Manage program budget 

 

Employer Information, Salary, and Benefits

The State Coordinator will be a salaried employee of Renewing the Countryside. This work is based in Minnesota and the coordinator needs to be able to easily travel within this geographic area. This project is currently funded for two years, but we hope to find continuing funding. The State Coordinator position is a minimum of 60% time - but there is a possibility of making this a 75% or 100% time position. The base, full-time salary is between $58,000 and $62,000 - based on experience. At 60% time, that is between $34,800 and $37,200/yr.  This position has a flexible schedule but will include daytime meetings as well as the ability to attend some evening and weekend events, especially during the summer season. 

Renewing the Countryside is a family-friendly employer. We provide equal opportunity for employment and condemn discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other factor. We are committed to equity and strongly encourage people who are BIPOC, women, LGBTQIA+, and/or from other underrepresented or marginalized communities to apply. 

The position includes medical and dental benefits, short-term disability, generous paid time off, and employer contribution to a retirement plan. 

This is a remote position that will require some travel for meetings and events. RTC will provide a computer, offer a monthly phone stipend, and reimburse for mileage and other approved travel expenses.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references by email to: [email protected]. You may also direct questions to [email protected]. We will begin reviewing applications by July 1, 2024 and the position will remain open until filled. We hope the new employee will be able to start soon after accepting the position. 

 

A Note to Potential Candidates:

These qualifications serve as a guide for knowledge and capabilities that will be helpful in this position rather than a list of requirements that each candidate must meet. If you are interested, please apply whether you feel you meet every qualification or not. We recognize that every person has a unique and dynamic set of experiences and skills that can positively contribute to our efforts. We appreciate each individual’s strengths and encourage learning and growing into roles at a comfortable pace.

 


Renewing the Countryside: Development and Communications Manager

Renewing the Countryside’s mission is to cultivate and support vibrant, sustainable and equitable communities. Since 2002, we have served as connectors and facilitators, bringing together community members to advance ideas that contribute to economic, social, and environmental wealth. At RTC, we have a clear vision: to be an organization where talented people want to come, to stay, and to do their best work. We deeply value a diverse group of staff in creating an inclusive and collaborative environment, and engaging in work that promotes equity.

 

Position title: Development and Communications Manager

The Development and Communications Manager is a full-time, exempt, salaried position. 

Salary: $58,000 - $65,000 based on experience and qualifications.

This position is primarily remote, but there will be the need to attend meetings and travel to events.

Fundraising (50%)

  • Implement and execute annual fundraising plans that secure funding for operational sustainability. 
  • Grow RTC’s funder base and identify and engage new donors and volunteer leaders. 
  • Effectively manage RTC’s donor database, including communications tools, donations, and services.
  • Strengthen RTC's development capacity, with a primary focus on annual giving and fundraising campaigns.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to create strong annual and long term fundraising strategies.
  • Identify, cultivate, and retain donors, and serve as an external face for RTC in engaging and stewarding donors and stakeholders. 
  • Manage logistics and promotion of fundraising events and activities. 
  • Collaborate with other staff on proposals to foundations, including, but not limited to, researching and identifying prospective grants, meeting with program officers, and writing proposals.

Communications (50%)

  • Manage the flow of information and communication between RTC’s work and the public. 
  • Communications strategy - Developing and implementing a multi-channel communications strategy to guide the organization's relationships with partners and public relations.
  • Content management - Preparing and managing all communications materials, including press releases, newsletters, websites, social media, and crisis communications.
  • Media relations - Managing media relations, developing contacts with media members, influencers, and community leaders. 
  • Collaborate across programs regarding communication, marketing, and design; position may include oversight of contract professionals or team members.
  • Content creation - Assisting in the creation of digital, video, audio, and print content. 
  • Engagement tracking - Tracking engagement across various platforms and making data-driven decisions.

Qualifications

  • Six years experience (or a combination of experience and education) in fundraising and communications. (With at least 3 years in fundraising.)
  • Exceptionally organized and detail-oriented with strong time-management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Outstanding and enthusiastic relationship builder.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Strong computer skills and experience with fundraising and CRM databases (Nationbuilder); website management (WIX and others), and experience managing social media campaigns. 
  • Excellent writing skills; grant and/or annual report writing experience preferred. 
  • Familiarity with the philanthropic landscape in MN, WI and the Upper Midwest. 
  • Experience in developing and implementing communication plans, fundraising campaigns, and special events. 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. 

 

Renewing the Countryside is a family-friendly employer. We provide equal opportunity for employment and condemn discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other factor. We are committed to equity and strongly encourage people who are BIPOC, women, LGBTQIA+, and/or from other underrepresented or marginalized communities to apply. 

The position includes medical and dental  benefits, short-term disability, generous paid time off, and employer contribution to a retirement plan. 

This is a remote position that will require some travel for meetings and events. RTC will provide a computer and offer a monthly phone stipend.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references by email to: [email protected]. You may also direct questions to [email protected]. We will begin reviewing applications by June 20, 2024 and the position will remain open until filled. 

A Note to Potential Candidates:

These qualifications serve as a guide for knowledge and capabilities that will be helpful in this position rather than a list of requirements that each candidate must meet. If you are interested, please apply whether you feel you meet every qualification or not. We recognize that every person has a unique and dynamic set of experiences and skills that can positively contribute to our efforts. We appreciate each individual’s strengths and encourage learning and growing into roles at a comfortable pace.