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Position: Soil Health Operations Manager Position

 

POSITION PURPOSE
The Soil Health Operations Manager will provide internal support to the Soil Health Partnership Director and leadership to the Soil Health Partnership Team (SHP Field Managers, SHP Communications Manager and SHP Program Coordinator). This position will partner with the Soil Health Partnership team to manage and maintain knowledge to connect and improve internal SHP operational efficiency, research and communications strategies, and information to increase the effectiveness of the program across relevant agricultural and non-agricultural networks in the program.
 
Specific Role Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership to the SHP Field Team to implement the logistical strategy involved with Soil Health Partnership field-based applied research program
  • Coordinates with SHP Field Team in the collection and management of all SHP data collection efforts (including georeferenced soil sampling, georeferenced harvest yield, economic data information, and Field to Market data input) from the Soil Health Partnership Farm Network farmers
  • Coordinates with SHP Field Team and SHP Science Advisory Committee to manage program data collection, analytics, and publications strategies.
  • Organizes and delivers of training materials and coaching for Soil Health Partnership Field Managers and SHP Network farmers
  • Networks and coordinates with regionally relevant agricultural and non-agricultural groups to enhance collective efforts and project synergies to improve soil health

 
Required Skills/Experience:

  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a Ph.D. Degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Plant Pathology, Horticulture or related discipline with a minimum of 5 years of work experience in an agronomic related field OR a Master of Science Degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Plant Pathology, Horticulture or related discipline with 10 years of experience may be substituted for Ph.D. Degree.
  • Experience in leading regional teams across diverse geographies
  • Strong knowledge base in soil physical, chemical and biological interactions.
  • Experience in precision agricultural data management, statistical analytic methods and precision agricultural data management software programs (Ag Leader SMS)
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, manage, analyze and publish results from on-farm research trials
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Willingness to travel extensively within the regional territory, with occasional national travel.

 
PROGRAM CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • SHP Customer support - Responsive to needs of members and prospects. Takes personal responsibility for service delivered. Is courteous and responsive to members. Sets realistic expectations with members regarding requests for additional services.
  • Team support - Is seen as a leader, collaborator, and one who can contribute in a team setting. Encourages all members to participate, and keeps team focused on goals and objectives. Demonstrates a willingness to work with all those involved in the task at hand.
  • Initiative - Acts independently while working to achieve performance objectives. Takes action to improve or remedy situations that may be problematic by offering solutions, insights, and suggestions to those involved.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.
  • Results Focus - Can be counted on to meet or exceed goals; pushes self and others for results; is a conscientious worker who can be relied upon to handle unforeseen obstacles.
  • Customer Focus - Meets internal and external customer expectations; delivers upon commitments; build customer confidence; follows through on requests gaining trust and respect.
  • Judgment - Uses good problem solving and analytical skills in making decisions. Thinks through the impact of decisions and actions on other people and programs.
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Send resumé and inquiries to:
Anne Dietz
Soil Health Partnership Program Coordinator
NCGA, 632 Cepi Dr., Chesterfield, MO 63005
(636) 733-5544

 

 

Position: Soil Health Field Manager Position – Contract Position

 

POSITION PURPOSE
The Soil Health Field Manager will provide technical assistance and educational resources to the Soil Health Partnership Demonstration Farm network farmers and surrounding community members. This position manages and maintains knowledge to connect and leverage relationships/networks, research and communications tools, and information to increase the effectiveness and efficiency across relevant agricultural and non-agricultural networks in the assigned territory. The Soil Health Field Manager will assist the Director of Soil Health and Sustainability in planning and delivering key project objectives within the territory.
 
Specific Role Responsibilities

  • Manages key relationships with Soil Health Partnership Farm Network farmers
  • Assists in managing the logistical detail involved with Soil Health Partnership field-based applied research programs
  • Coordinates the collection and management of all SHP data (including georeferenced soil sampling, georeferenced harvest yield, economic data information, and Field to Market data input) from the Soil Health Partnership Network farmers
  • Provides technical advice on the planning and adoption of cover crops, conservation tillage and adaptive nutrient management
  • Organizes and delivers of training materials and coaching for Soil Health Partnership Field Managers and SHP Demonstration Farm Network farmers
  • Networks and coordinates with locally relevant agricultural and non-agricultural groups to enhance collective efforts and project synergies to improve soil health
  • Plans and manages the logistical details for Soil Health Partnership field days
  • Coordination- independently cross checks data, projects, and communications across geography and multi-level collaborations with partnering organizations.
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Required Skills/Experience:

  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Plant Pathology, Horticulture or related discipline with a minimum of 4 years of work experience in an agronomic related field OR a Master of Science in Agronomy, Soil Science, Plant Pathology, Horticulture or related discipline may be substituted for years of work experience requirement.
  • Strong knowledge base in soil physical, chemical and biological interactions.
  • Experience in cover crops, no-till and conservation tillage and/or soil health research and education programs.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Willingness to travel extensively within the assigned territory, with occasional regional travel.
  • Desired Skills/Experience:
  • Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification
  • Strong experience and working understanding in precision agricultural data management and software programs (such as Ag Leader SMS)
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage on-farm research trials

 
Time Requirements:

  • This position will initiate at 75% time with quickly increasing time allocation within the first 
  • six months in the role.

 
PROGRAM CORE COMPETENCIES:
SHP Customer support - Responsive to needs of members and prospects. Takes personal responsibility for service delivered. Is courteous and responsive to members. Sets realistic expectations with members regarding requests for additional services.
Team support - Is seen as a collaborator, and one who can contribute in a team setting. Encourages all members to participate, and keeps team focused on goals and objectives. Demonstrates a willingness to work with all those involved in the task at hand.
Initiative - Acts independently while working to achieve performance objectives. Takes action to improve or remedy situations that may be problematic by offering solutions, insights, and suggestions to those involved.

 

  • Adaptability - Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.
  • Results Focus - Can be counted on to meet or exceed goals; pushes self and others for results; is a conscientious worker who can be relied upon to handle unforeseen obstacles.
  • Customer Focus - Meets internal and external customer expectations; delivers upon commitments; build customer confidence; follows through on requests gaining trust and respect.
  • Judgment - Uses good problem solving and analytical skills in making decisions. Thinks through he impact of decisions and actions on other people and programs.
     

Send resumé and inquiries to:
Anne Dietz
Soil Health Partnership Program Coordinator
NCGA, 632 Cepi Dr., Chesterfield, MO 63005
(636) 733-5544