American Farmland Trust (AFT) is seeking a contractor to perform specialized soils classification, evaluation, training, and outreach work in Massachusetts. The initial contract period between AFT and the consultant will be for calendar year 2021, and work under the contract is expected to take 800-1,200 hours within calendar year 2021. To perform this work the contractor will require a deep understanding of the code of federal regulations relative to classifying soils of local importance and soils of state importance, a deep understanding of current NRCS systems for soils mapping and classifications, extensive experience with the wetland compliance provisions of the Food Security Act and NRCS wetland determination and delineation procedures as well as a high degree of familiarity with the soils and agricultural stakeholders of Massachusetts. Specific duties to be performed under this contract may include:
Building relationships with stakeholders, including state gov’t officials, municipalities, and land trusts to facilitate requests for designating locally important soils
In depth local soils and land use history analysis on a municipal level to designate locally important soils
Provide educational outreach to explain and promote the designation of locally important soils
Write technical and non-technical materials on soils, soil mapping, and classification of soils
Serve as a soil expert to complete wetland determinations and delineations, as well as conduction Highly Erodible Lands determinations
Conduct site investigations in support of Conservation Practice design
Conduct resource inventories in support of conservation planning processes
Plan and conduct training sessions for AFT, NRCS, and NRCS partner staff that enhance knowledge of soils, as needed for conservation planning and for the practice design process
Developing soil survey map units
Supporting Local Survey Data Collection and the State Resources Inventory
Serve as a point of contact of inquiries regarding important farmland classifications
Other similar services as requested
Minimum qualifications for the contractor who will be performing these services are:
Ability to pass a federal government background check and to obtain a LINCPass
A college degree in soil science or a related field
15+ years’ experience with USDA/NRCS or a similar agency, in a role that involves significant soils classification work, or a combination of roles that collectively add up to at least 15 years of experience in such positions
Be a Certified Professional Soil Classifier (CPSC) & a Certified Professional Soil Scientist
Have a driver’s license, reliable transportation, and be able to travel regulatory throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Those wishing to provide these services to American Farmland Trust are requested to send a resume/CV along with a cover letter and a proposed rate sheet to: NewEngland@farmland.org. Complete communications received by 5:00pm on December 2nd will be given priority consideration. Proposals will be evaluated based on the proposed cost and the experience of the proposed contractor in an effort to assure the best value.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About American Farmland Trust
American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres, and helped thousands of farm families make a go of it (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.