November 20, 2017

Career Center

October 2017

Technical Review Specialist - USDA SARE
SARE is looking for a technical review specialist to join the SARE Outreach team at the College Park, Md., office. The specialist will serve as the program’s primary technical reviewer, responsible for evaluating all SARE Outreach-produced content for technical accuracy, validity and precision. This may include soliciting outside peer review and incorporating or otherwise addressing reviewer suggestions. The specialist will assist with manuscript development, structure and overall flow of published content, and assist with content framing for multiple agricultural audiences. 


Deputy Administrator, Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems -

The USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Office of National Programs (ONP) is seeking a Deputy Administrator, Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems (NRSAS).  The candidate will serve as the principal Office of National Program lead in planning and managing ARS’ National Research Programs related to natural resources and sustainable agricultural systems.  The Deputy Administrator, NRSAS, is accountable to the Associate Administrator, National Programs for planning, setting priorities, allocating resources, and evaluating research programs.


President and CEO - Kalamazoo Nature Center

September 2017

Land O' Lakes - Soil Microbiologist

Land O' Lakes is hiring a Soil Microbiologist to work in Ames, Iowa. In this position, you will be responsible to research new and innovative methods and measurements for agriculture, enabling growers to understand more about their soil at an economical return that has not been seen before. Your primary focus will be soil biology; microbes, nematodes and bacteria, developing quantifiable ways to measure, at scale, what levels of these biological factors are in a sample. You will work to enable growers to understand what is making their soil more or less productive and then make corrections to the lower performing areas for higher productivity. Learn more and apply.

Wetland Specialist - Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

August 2017

Development Specialist - Merrimack River Watershed Council 

Land and Water Steward - Merrimack River Watershed Council 

Dryland Hydrology, Erosion, and Restoration Post Doc
The post-doctoral research associate is responsible for overseeing erosion field measurements (wind tunnel, rain fall simulator, silt fences, passive dust traps, and others) at biological soil crust restoration experiments (Jornada Experimental Range and Hill Air Force Range) and grazing experiments (Grand Junction, CO). The position will be located in the USGS offices in Moab, UT. Moab is a small town offering a variety of outdoor adventures, and more information about Moab can be found at www.discovermoab.com.

This position requires expertise in field methods, lab methods, and modelling approaches to understanding erosion processes in dryland ecosystems. The incumbent will work closely with project scientists and USGS staff in project planning, data collection and analysis, and reporting results. The incumbent will have four general classes of major duties: 1) lead field and lab data collection, 2) implement existing soil erosion models, 3) data preparation and analysis, and 4) preparation of reports & scientific papers. Field work involves heavy exertion; withstanding both extreme heat and potential hypothermia conditions; climbing; walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies; long hours; driving a 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads.

This is a 40-hour a week appointment with flexibility to allow for extensive field work periods.

Salary and start date: Salary is $49,000/year. A start date of fall/early winter 2017 is preferred.

Application: If you are interested, please send a CV to Nichole Barger (nichole.barger@colorado.edu) and Mike Duniway (mduniway@usgs.gov).

Independent Contractor, Soil Scientist/Agronomist - Soil Health Institute
The Soil Health Institute (SHI), a non-profit organization created to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement, located adjacent to Research Triangle Park (RTP) near Raleigh, NC seeks an experienced, professional Soil Scientist/Agronomist with expertise in both fields for a 1-3 year term appointment, per annual performance contracts.  The incumbent will serve as a Project Manager, managing SHI’s initiative to identify and develop widely acceptable soil health measurements, standards, and a comprehensive evaluation program that relates soil health evaluation to quantified productivity, economic and environmental outcomes.  
Duties include:
  • engagement with selected long-term agricultural research site leaders in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to evaluate soil health measurements and their relation to productivity, economic, and environmental outcomes;
  • securing a competitively awarded contract with an analytical laboratory for conducting prescribed soil health analyses following established QA/QC criteria;
  • oversight of soil sampling and data collection from partnering locations;
  • development of critical analysis and review of SHI Tier 1-3 measurements as well as existing soil health evaluation programs;
  • oversee the integration of information gained from this project into a definitive, comprehensive soil health evaluation program for the nation; and 
  • prepare and publish findings for scientific and agricultural producer/field practitioner audiences. 
A Ph.D. in Soil Science and/or Agronomy with demonstrated research experience linking both fields, is required.  Research-level expertise in soil health, agronomy, agricultural production and resource management practices is required.  Residence during the appointment at the Soil Health Institute’s office near RTP is preferred but negotiable.  Position will report to SHI’s Chief Scientific Officer.  Compensation to be commensurate with experience.  To apply, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, list of publications, and the names/contact information of four references by September 10, 2017 to Mr. Byron Rath: brath@soilhealthinstitute.org. Please include "Project Manager" in the email subject line. Position will remain open until filled.

Marketing and Communications Outreach Specialist - University of Wisconsin Environmental Resources Center
The University of Wisconsin Environmental Resources Center has a Marketing and Communications Specialist position open. This position will support the North Central Region Network and other natural resource related programs. We’re looking for a creative and innovative person looking to make a difference by furthering the mission of extension and our land-grant universities. Here’s a link to the UW-Extension jobs page and the position announcement: http://www.uwex.edu/about/careers/jobs

Post-Doc Position
The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources is looking to hire a post-doc working at the intersection of the environment and human behavior. The position is focused specifically on farmer land use/management decisions in complex food-energy-water systems contexts. See the URL below for more details about the position responsibilities and directions for applying.



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