Spring Green Equipment Operations and Maintenance Specialist

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Job Opening: Spring Green Equipment Operations and Maintenance Specialist

The Savanna Institute invites applications for a Equipment Operations and Maintenance Specialist to advance agroforestry by supporting the development and management of Savanna Institute’s Spring Green Campus Home Farms. The Home Farms feature the development of novel tree crop varieties within integrated agroforestry systems. This position will work closely with the Spring Green Campus Farm Director, other Savanna Institute staff, community partners, collaborating farmers/landowners, and farm visitors.

We seek applicants who share our passion for ecological and equitable agriculture as a nature-based climate solution and who are motivated to widen the circle of who has the opportunity to inform, support, and benefit from its development. To that end, we are seeking a diversity of voices at the table and strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

Who We Are

The Savanna Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Madison, WI and Urbana, IL. Established in 2013, we work in collaboration with farmers, businesses, and scientists to lay the groundwork for widespread agroforestry in the Midwest US. Inspired by the native savanna ecosystems that once covered much of this region, we envision a transformed agricultural system, centered on trees and other perennial crops, that fosters ecological resilience, climate stability, economic prosperity, and vibrant, equitable communities. For more information, please visit savannainstitute.org.

Job Description

Hours: full-time

Location: Spring Green, WI

Start Date: May 6, 2024

Salary: $48,000 – $52,000 per year

  • This position is eligible for the Institute’s benefits package. Benefits for full-time employees include 30 days paid time off per year, 3 weeks of paid family leave, a health reimbursement arrangement that can be applied to insurance premiums and approved healthcare costs, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, and a monthly home office stipend.
  • This is a full-time, year-round position with flexibility for limited hours during the winter months. Part-time year-round employment will also be considered
  • This position reports to the Spring Green Campus Farm Director


  • Operating tractor and other field equipment for farm and/or land management operations
  • Maintaining all farm operation equipment
  • Supporting all Spring Green Campus Farm Operations field work, including crop, livestock, and restoration operations. Activities may include: mowing, weed management, ground preparation, tree planting, spraying, harvesting, pruning, chainsaw work, livestock care, and other associated field tasks

Required Qualifications

  • 3 years farming and land management equipment experience (i.e. tractors and associated implements, mowers, powered hand tools, chainsaws etc.)
  • 3 years mechanic and equipment maintenance experience
  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds
  • Ability to work outside, long hours in challenging conditions
  • Commitment to participating in an open and collaborative environment
  • Openness to participating in the development and establishment of new systems
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with regenerative farming, agroforestry, or perennial agriculture
  • Welding and light fabrication experience
  • Strong communication skills

If you’re excited about this job, we’re excited to learn about your experience! Please be sure to address each of the following qualifications in your cover letter — paint us a picture of how your unique skills, experiences, and/or education meet or exceed the qualifications. Cover letters should be no longer than 1 typed page.

How To Apply 

Please click the “Learn How to Apply” button below for application instructions.

Deadline All applications must be received by 11:59 pm CT on March 18th, 2024.

Questions? Email Kathleen Fitzgibbon, Operations Manager, kathleen@savannainstitute.org.

Diversity Commitment

The Savanna Institute affirms the value of diversity of staff and stakeholders, and aims to foster inclusive environments and equitable outcomes of our work. We seek individuals who are committed to these goals.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law.

Submit a resume/CV and cover letter to the position on our jobs page: www.savannainstitute.org/jobs/

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