Soil Health Agronomist
The successful incumbent will provide direct, one-on-one technical assistance and educational outreach to farmers and their private- and public-sector advisors on soil health and conservation agronomy, with the goal of directly improving Virginia farming systems and associated ecosystems services. The position will be embedded in the conservation agronomy technical staff at the Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS) and the individual will receive bimonthly feedback and oversight from the Virginia NRCS State Office. The incumbent will recruit mentors throughout the state who provide peer-to-peer farmer education and conservation agronomy technical assistance to farmers.The individual will recruit, train and oversee the efforts of the mentors, provide staff training, producer group training/demonstration, field research and demonstration, technical resource and guidance document development and overall educational outreach and integration of partnerships. Dr. Wade Thomason in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech is the supervisor for this position.
Advanced degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science or closely related field or bachelor's degree with significant relevant experience and training. Knowledge of conservation agriculture principles and practices, including soil health management and nutrient management. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, solve problems, and work effectively in a team or alone. Attention to detail, well organized and self-motivated individual. Ability to travel regularly throughout Virginia and occasional regional travel outside of Virginia.
Experience working with, advising, or educating farmers and their advisors in the field, preferably in Virginia or Mid-Atlantic region. Familiarity with conservation programs and agencies. Experience designing, implementing, and evaluating on-farm research and demonstration projects. Certified Virginia DCR Nutrient Management Planner (or ability to become certified shortly after employment begins).
Commensurate with experience
The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check
About Virginia Tech
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.
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