Job Opportunities

Athens Land Trust is an innovative and adaptive community and conservation land trust in Georgia. We look for team members who are creative, deeply committed to advancing equity, and excited about embracing an evolving set of responsibilities and opportunities as the organization grows.

Athens Land Trust is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Director of Strategic Partnerships

The Director of Strategic Partnerships will work closely with Athens Land Trust’s Community Agriculture and Conservation Programs to strengthen key partnerships and develop new strategic collaborations to advance the organization’s work to build a more equitable local and regional food system through agricultural, economic development, and food justice initiatives. They will also work closely with the Executive Director to identify innovative funding sources and tools for development. 

Specific duties are as follows: 


Internal Capacity Building (10 – 15hrs/ wk)

  • Plan for and execute implementation of ALT’s commercial kitchen projects
  • Establish procedures and create opportunities for collaboration between the Community Agriculture and Conservation FarmLink programs to build the end user base for the future commercial kitchen 
  • Support program staff to build the pipeline of end users for the commercial kitchen
  • Provide leadership and facilitation for the organization as we work toward executing our strategic goals

Strategic Partnerships & Field Building (20 – 25 hrs/ wk)

  • Build internal and external consensus and shared understanding about the organization’s food justice goals
  • Participate in key stakeholder meetings
  • Establish and support partnerships that advance the implementation and impact of ALT’s community agriculture and food systems initiatives
  • Support ED with donor outreach and match funding streams to organizational and programmatic needs

Tracking & Evaluation (5 hrs/ wk)

  • Oversee and assist with data tracking, grant compliance, and reporting for projects under their direct supervision

All ALT Employees: 

  • Be in the office according to a predetermined schedule to answer email and messages, prepare detailed timesheets, coordinate with fellow staff
  • Participate in grant management including grant writing support and reporting
  • Write newsletter articles, and brochure and educational materials related to ALT’s programs and activities
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Be part of a team – provide support for all staff members in their respective duties 



The Director of Strategic Partnerships is an individual with high ethical standards, excellent strategic planning skills, and the ability to connect with people from all walks of life. They actively seek opportunities to build relationships with new partners and represent the organization publicly, and have a track record of engaging diverse groups — public, private, and nonprofit — in achieving project and organizational goals. They have the ability to focus in on details and simultaneously see the 30,000-foot view, and can clearly communicate the importance of both. They have successfully negotiated complex transactions, including securing public and private funding. 

To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest to Heather Benham at

Director of Finance

The Finance Director is responsible for administering the programs, policies, and goals of the Athens Land Trust and works with the Board to establish these. Responsibilities include all accounting functions, payroll and human resource administration, internal financial reporting, financial grant management, budgeting, and Audit/Tax preparation and coordination. The Finance Director is responsible for the day‐to‐day financial management of ALT and is under the direct supervision of the Executive Director.  

Specific Duties are as Follows: 

  • Responsible for the financial management of all federal, state, local, and foundation grants and other programs and projects as they arise. 
  • Manage ALT’s banking and investment accounts and manage cash flow of the organization. 
  • Prepare organizational and grant/project budgets in concert with program directors, Finance Committee and Executive Director.
  • Prepare actual‐to‐budget analysis and present financial results to Finance Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Manage ALT’s commercial and personnel insurance policies. 
  • Preparation and submission of all grant-related financial reporting and monitoring.
  • Collaborate with Program Directors and Development staff on budget creation for new grants and projects. 
  • Oversee all financial aspects of ALT: prepare payroll checks using the QuickBooks program, prepare monthly and quarterly payroll liabilities payments, prepare check requests for vendor invoices, prepare bank deposits, pay bills, coordinate signing of checks, oversee QuickBooks data entry and reporting. 
  • Administer benefits plans including group health, dental and vision plans, and retirement plans.
  • Maintain all financial records in compliance with the organization’s records retention policy.
  • Coordinate and assist in the preparation of our annual independent audit, 990 Tax Return, and other audits/monitoring as they arise.  Prepare payroll tax returns, W2s and 1099s. 
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal guidelines as it relates to grant financial management, payroll taxes, income, and sales tax.  Ensure 501c(3) status is maintained.  Manage all permits and licensing for the organization. 
  • Oversee ALT’s Google Apps account and maintain staff email domains 
  • Other Office Administrative duties as directed.

All ALT Employees: 

  • Be in the office according to a predetermined schedule to answer emails and messages, prepare detailed timesheets, coordinate with fellow staff 
  • Attend weekly staff meetings 
  • Be part of a team—provide support for all staff members in their respective duties


  • Five or more years of accounting experience, non‐profit experience preferred. 
  • Proficiency in QuickBooks, Excel, Word, and Google applications; interest and ability to learn new technology systems. 
  • Understanding of grants, federal funding, and grant reporting. 
  • Data entry and proficiency in computer skills. 
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and administrative skills.  Detail-oriented and meticulous attention to accuracy and timeliness in record keeping, problem-solving and data tracking. 
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple assignments independently and prioritize responsibilities in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Experience supporting and managing employees


Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $70,000 to $90,000 annually.

More Information:

To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest to Heather Benham at

Youth Development Programs

Our Youth Development programs are unique. We offer three paid job skills training programs, the Young Urban Farmers the Young Urban Builders and the Young Conservation Stewards  Each program provides paid training and education for high-school aged youth in Athens-Clarke County.

Our approach incorporates on-site training, exposure to new opportunities, leadership development and classroom education, that delivers both specialized and general job skills, and community involvement to help ensure that the next generation of leaders are invested in where they live. We work to create personal connections between the youth in our programs and leaders in the community and the respective industries that are  vital  to increased job placement and social capital once they have graduated from their program.

Young Urban Farmers: 2022-2023 School Year

We are now accepting applications for the Young Urban Farmers program for the 2022 school year, with a projected start of late August to Early September, 2021.

Young Urban Farmers (YUF) duties and responsibilities will include: Learning and implementing sustainable agricultural skills which will involve working in several community gardens as well as the Williams’s Farm, the Athens Land Trust’s urban farm. YUF will also learn entrepreneurial skills and create a business plan for a product that could be produced and sold at the West Broad Farmers Market.

The YUF must:

  • Commit to the program for the dates of September 2022 to June 2023
  • Have a reliable mode of transportation to and from the work meeting place.
  • Transportation to alternative work locations after meeting at the scheduled meeting place may be provided by the YUF Coordinator. 
  • Be prepared to work in a wide range of weather conditions. 
  • Be aged 16 to 20 (or 14-15 with a valid work permit) and enrolled or completed CCSD high school or GED program. Must be a Clarke County resident. 

YUF participants are expected to attend all regularly scheduled program days. Participants will work an average of 12 hours a week paid $9/hr for the time they are present and engaged at the worksite, rounded to the nearest quarter hour.

To apply, please download and complete the application. Applications can be submitted at the Athens Land Trust office:
685 North Pope Street, Athens, GA 30601 or emailed Tony Gayles at Applications can also be completed through Google Forms in lieu of email or a paper copy.

Young Urban Builders: 2022 School Year

We are now accepting applications for the Young Urban Builders program. The Young Urban Builders program was started in 2018 as a way to address youth unemployment and perform owner-occupied rehabilitation in the West Broad Neighborhood.

The program is designed to provide job training and experience while working on community projects and aiding in neighborhood revitalization. YUB students are involved at all stages in the rehabilitation process to allow for a variety of skills to be developed.

YUB duties and responsibilities include:

  • learning and practicing workplace and tool safety
  • proper use and maintenance of tools
  • developing strong work ethics and basic job skills
  • reading blueprints and interpreting written instructions
  • using measurement tools and applied mathematics


Students must be between 16 and 24 years of age.

To apply:

Please download the application here and email it to Colin Blodorn, the Young Urban Builders Coordinator at or mail it to our office at 685 North. Pope Street, Athens, GA 30601. Applications can also be left in our secure dropbox at our office. Applications can also be turned in via Google Forms at the link below. We are accepting applications until all positions are filled.