Farmland Inventory and Screening Consultant


The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) seeks a consultant for a farmland inventory and screening project. The project is aimed at match-making beginning farmers with farmland owners in Schoharie and Delaware Counties who are retiring, selling their land, or open to leasing it.  The consultant will head the process of inventorying and screening parcels in Delaware and Schoharie Counties using GIS technology for targeted outreach to farmland owners.


ABOUT CADE: CADE ( is a non-profit organization founded in 1991, whose mission is to increase the number and diversity of successful farm enterprises. Our goal is for farm and food businesses to compete and thrive, contributing to a sustainable regional food system and strong local economy. CADE strives to uphold and promote the following values as an organization and in our work with clients: Sustainability, Collaboration, Inclusion, Transparency and Innovation.



  • Inventory all potential farmed parcels for preservation in Schoharie and Delaware Counties using existing data sources

    • Inventory methodology must be based on criteria spelled out in New York State’s Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Land Trusts Grants Program - Round 3 (Section 2.2, page 5) including parcel size, location, enrollment in ag districts, qualification for ag assessment, soil types, etc.

  • Develop a screening methodology to gather information about the owners of the parcels in order to prioritize outreach to the most valuable and/or vulnerable potential farmed parcels

    • ​Principal information to be gathered centers on the intentions of the current owners of the parcels (farmers who are retiring and with no known successor; farmers who have put their land on the real estate market; non-farming farmland owners who might consider leasing their land to new farmers; etc.)

    • Screening methodology should add value to the inventory and must allow targeting of outreach efforts using additional location-specific information to be collected as part of this project. 

    • Screening tools should be modeled on those developed in other counties including Seneca, Onondaga, Columbia and Dutchess.

    • Using surveys, outreach to local/county planning and farmland protection Boards, and other sources, add value to the inventory of existing data sources including timely information such as parcels being removed from ag districts, etc.

Inventory and screening processes should build on existing data and capacity of local partners across the region (planning department, land trusts, WAC, etc.).  


  • A searchable and mappable database of the priority parcels, including information on the owners of the parcels as described above. This database MUST be able to be updated and edited by CADE staff into the future. Ideally, the platforms employed will be Google Maps and Salesforce, though applicant input on appropriate platforms is encouraged.

  • An executive summary with recommendations for best practices for using the data to matchmake landowners and landless farmers.


GIS mapping capability and experience is required. Applicants must provide evidence of substantial experience in farmland protection planning or similar planning activities, preferably having recently worked on New York State-funded agricultural protection planning projects. Applicants with familiarity of Delaware and Schoharie Counties will be prioritized. Interested candidates are encouraged to reach out to project coordinator Rhiannon Wright for further detail of our needs (

Project must be completed by March 15, 2022.
Target start date: December 1, 2021 (or ASAP).


Project Background Materials:  For further context on the existing best practices around farmer-landowner match programs, please see the following report:

Columbia Land Conservancy Analysis of the Farmer-Landowner Match Program



To apply, please submit a resume, proposed fee, and draft workplan not to exceed 1 page  to Rhiannon ( with the subject line “GIS Consultant.” Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis with priority given to those received by November 17, 2021.

No phone calls please. Farmers, people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply and will be given priority consideration for the position. 


CADE is an equal opportunity employer committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. CADE prohibits discrimination against any employee and considers applications for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, military or veteran status, height and weight, religion, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, political/union affiliation, or any other legally protected status.






Imagine being part of team dedicated to building successful farming enterprises across Central New York, contributing to a vibrant regional economy. Imagine being part of an organization that celebrates agriculture as a pillar of our region’s history and culture. Imagine supporting local farms that produce fresh, healthy foods and food systems that reduce our region’s carbon footprint, contributing to healthier people and planet. Imagine being part of an effort to make our region one of America’s most recognized breadbaskets.

This is your opportunity to become a key player in a small, successful non-profit committed to scaling its impact. It will be your job to help us get there.

Join CADE’s Youth Internship Program

Our internship program is open to college students or recent graduates who wish to:

  • gain “real world” job experience with an organization known as a regional and state leader for agriculture and economic development;

  • channel their vision, creativity, and innovative spirit to achieving impact for our area’s farms, the regional agricultural economy, and the environment;

  • receive mentoring and leadership development from a team ready to set you on an exciting career track--in agriculture, economic development, communications and marketing, advocacy, and more!


At the end of your internship, you’ll have a turbo boosted resume, a robust professional network, and a great job recommendation for your next endeavor. All internships will be based out of CADE’s office in Oneonta, NY, with the exception of a Marketing & Sales Internship which can be based either in Oneonta or New York City.


Types of Internships

We have a range of internships available.  Below are general scopes of work. Note that every intern will be invited to co-develop specific projects with us to make the internship experience as meaningful as possible.

  • Program Administration & Office Management Intern

    Communications & Social Media Intern

  • Development / Fundraising Intern

  • Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Intern

  • Marketing and Sales Intern (may be based in Oneonta or New York City)

  • Agricultural Policy & Advocacy Intern



This is an unpaid internship. A travel stipend is available. The intern may be eligible for college credit or work study. Speak with your internship coordinator or career counselor at your college or university.



Applicants should:

  • be self-starters, hardworking, and enthusiastic--able to work independently and as part of a team

  • Strong writing and communications skills

  • See internship-specific qualifications below


To Apply

Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Start and end dates of the internship are based on the intern’s availability, preferrably for a minimum of 3-4 months. Interns are expected to work at least 5 hours a week or up to 20 hours, depending on availability.  The intern’s weekly work schedule will be negotiated with a supervisor, and can include both in-office and remote work.

Send a cover letter noting which internship you are interested in and your related qualifications, along with your resume and 1-2 page writing sample (i.e., essay, school report, powerpoint, short self-produced video clip, or screen shots of strategic social media messaging examples). Include "Internship Application" in the Subject line. Send your application to

No phone calls please. Only selected candidates will be contacted for interviews.

CADE is an equal opportunity employer committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. CADE prohibits discrimination against any employee and considers applicants for all positions without regards to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, military status, height and weight, religion, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or any other legally protected status.

Scope of Work & Qualifications

  • Program Administration & Office Management Intern

    • Support all aspects of CADE’s programmatic, operational, and logistical needs

    • Provide overall administrative support to the CADE program team

    • Provide executive assistance to CADE’s Executive Director, such as handling travel, conference registrations, expenses, etc.

    • Provide human resources assistance as requested by Executive Director

    • Assist with streamlining office knowledge management systems (a fancy way of saying you’ll help us with our filing systems--both hard and soft copies)

    • Assist in organizing CADE events, workshops, etc.

    • Keep office stocked with supplies

    • Provide support with preparing financial documents, board documents, or other paperwork

    • Take meeting minutes from internal or external meetings

    • Qualifications: You dream of centering your career in nonprofit management, handling all aspects of operations, finance, administration and human resources. You love the minutia and take pleasure in organizing every little thing. You’re a whiz with details--from setting up filing systems in your home office to using excel sheets. You enjoy working with a team and contributing to the overall mission. You’ll learn the rest on the job.


  • Communications & Social Media Intern

    • Develop and implement a strategy for growing CADE’s constituency vis-a-vis social media and our email list--among farmers / farm businesses and among buyers and consumers, both upstate and down

    • Prepare an annual communications and social media / editorial calendar, marking specific days for promoting content (i.e., World Water Day to promote the Catskill’s watershed farmers, International Women’s Day to celebrate rural women farmers, national Dairy Month, etc.)

    • Serve as CADE’s “managing editor” for the website, email list, and social media, curating regular content (from collecting heartfelt stories from farmers to promoting their new products), and actively promoting CADE programs/activities, impacts, press, general agricultural news, funding opportunities for farmers, etc.

    • Prepare draft press releases or op-eds with support

    • Analyze CADE’s current marketing/promotional products (website, brochures, social media, etc.), make recommendations for how to improve them for target audiences, propose new promotional products (video, banners)

    • Manage production of printed collateral

    • Support communications for CADE’s Executive Director

    • Manage Google Ad Words for building CADE’s SEO

    • Keep CADE staff up-to-date on agricultural issues raised in mass/social media and identify when/how CADE might shift the national/state/regional discourse

    • Ensure CADE’s visibility as an agricultural leader

    • Help organize a pilot webinar of one of CADE’s Farm and Food Business Incubator educational workshops, recording it, and making it available on our website

    • Qualifications: You understand the value of communications and marketing for any business to succeed. You’re a social media junkie, creative, have solid “digital chops”,  detail oriented, and an excellent (creative) writer. You might be a business, journalism, or English major, or have an interest in graphic arts, or technology, or anything else under the sun. Basic graphic design skills (Photoshop/InDesign) and working knowledge of Wordpress and basic html a plus, but not required. You’ll learn the rest on the job.


  • Development / Fundraising Intern

    • Search out prospective grant opportunities from federal and state entities as well as private foundations, keeping an updated log of contacts, due dates, and deadlines

    • Map CADE’s wealth contacts/networks and coordinate with Executive Director on creating a major donor giving strategy

    • Assist Executive Director with preparing grant proposal applications, articulating CADE’s work in a way that appeals to each specific donor

    • Assist Executive Director in preparing grant reports in collaboration with the CADE program staff and monitoring & evaluation intern.

    • Qualifications: You believe in the abundance of the universe. You’re an excellent writer. And through your writing, you understand how to frame issues in a way that attracts attention and captures the interest of your audience. You probably like the idea of doing grant-writing for a living. After all, there are 1.5 million nonprofits across the U.S. that need fundraisers!  You’ll learn the rest on the job.


  • Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Intern

    • Assist with and coordinate research projects on behalf of CADE with area universities, such as SUNY-Cobleskill/Oneonta or Hartwick College (on such topics as farm business models that prove most profitable) in cooperation with CADE’s Executive Director

    • Assist CADE staff with creating surveys or other data collection tools, and collecting and organizing data about CADE programs or projects to assess impact

    • In close cooperation with CADE’s Executive Director, compile qualitative and quantitative information and conduct key informant interviews with CADE partners to document past programs impacts, and draft a 10-20 page report with findings

    • Compile data on CADE’s farmer constituents to document ways CADE has served them over the years, to help streamline future outreach and engagement

    • Write reports to document findings, capture learnings, and prepare recommendations to inform future programming based on what has “worked” and “not worked”

    • Qualifications: You are a proud research nerd. You’ve had experience preparing a survey, potentially with a teacher or professor’s help. Your brain experiences euphoria when you collect and analyze data. Once you’ve compiled and analyzed it, you contemplate, “how and why does this matter?” and take pleasure in writing it all up. Your writing style is straight and to the point. You have basic familiarity with SurveyMonkey and interviewing people for school research assignments. You’ll learn the rest on the job.


  • Marketing & Sales Intern (Oneonta or NYC)

    • Assist with and coordinate sales research and outreach in target markets in New York City, Central New York, Hudson Valley and Capital Region

    • Assist farmers with using CADE marketing toolkit to be able to make sales outreach calls or visits to target buyers

    • Assist CADE staff to draft, design and distribute regional marketing materials - online and in print

    • Represent CADE and farmers we work with at in-store sampling events and other promotional opportunities

    • Track prospective buyer relationships at various stages using Microsoft Excel and Google Docs.

    • Qualifications: You are a people person and enjoy talking to strangers. You are always excited to help make connections for people. You love food. You will delight in describing the difference in quality between cow and goat milk or grass-fed and commodity beef. You are extremely organized and goal oriented.  Making money for farmers will keep you motivated. You’ll learn the rest on the job.


  • Agricultural Policy & Advocacy Intern

    • Monitor federal and state policy or legislative trends in agriculture

    • Monitor the work of federal and state agricultural agencies

    • Prepare short updates on legislative trends for staff and potentially CADE newsletters, social media or other communication channels

    • Plug into the work of national or state-level organizations involved in policy advocacy work and alert staff when opportunities arise for CADE’s involvement

    • Help explore the potential for CADE to host regular political forums for government stakeholders and farmers, ensuring the voices of farmers are amplified among elected officials locally and regionally

    • Identify advocacy opportunities work with CADE’s communications intern and staff to identify opportunities for action in line with CADE’s mission

    • Brainstorm advocacy campaign messages

    • Help coordinate any advocacy activities in close collaboration with CADE’s Executive Director and partners

    • Qualifications: You follow politics; you’re interested in how politics and policy impact lives, sectors, and economies; and you “get” that the voices and interests of farmers need to be heard in our political system. You’re probably a poli sci or government major, or something closely related. You’re great at combing through information and identifying the bottom line. You’re detail oriented and a good writer.  The idea of monitoring draft legislation in congress or state assembly/state senate--and staying connected with advocacy groups to keep CADE informed of national or state trends--makes your heart throb. You love getting involved in advocacy campaigns, activism, or participating in online petitions. You’ll learn the rest on the job.

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