Position Title: Agronomic Land Management Specialist
Term: January 3, 2017 or ASAP to August 31, 2018
Location: 125 Resources Road, Etobicoke, ON or University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, or another location may be negotiated
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The University of Windsor, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER), seeks a highly motivated, well organized individual to execute a campaign to survey the agricultural land management practices in 10 small headwater catchments in southern Ontario. Job duties include: 1) design an appropriate sampling strategy to ensure a representative sample of land management practices across each watershed is achieved; 2) organize community events to promote and disseminate project information; 3) coordinate, procure, and manage services from qualified specialists such as Certified Crop Advisors or Conservation Authority personnel to administer farm-operator surveys and appropriate laboratories to perform soil testing; 4) prepare, curate, and evaluate data gathered; and 5) organize and attend meetings between various non-governmental organizations, Conservation Authorities, academic, and government researchers.
- Comfortable initiating and running meetings, presenting in front of groups of people, and telephoning/meeting with project partners such as Conservation Authorities, farm operators, members of the public, and local fertilizer providers/agronomists/Certified Crop Advisors;
- Ability to work independently in a fast-paced team environment
- Applicants must possess post-secondary credentials in soil science, agronomy, agricultural engineering, or a related field;
- Ability to organize and prioritize work, meet deadlines;
- Excellent interpersonal and written/oral communication skills, attention to detail, and proven ability to write scientific and/or technical reports;
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office or a comparable office product;
- Experience working with geographic information systems software, statistical analysis software, and relational databases (e.g. Access) and maintaining large datasets is desired but not essential;
- Knowledge of nutrient management software (e.g., NMAN) is desired but not essential;
- Familiarity with farming practices carried out currently and historically in Ontario is desired but not essential;
- Experience working with farming communities in Ontario is strongly desired but not essential; and
- Applicants must have a valid Ontario driver’s license.
Applications will be reviewed starting December 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications should consist of a resume and a cover letter describing how the applicant meets the requested qualifications. Cover letter should be 2 pages maximum. Resume should include references, which may be contacted by the project team. Applications or questions about the position can be sent by email to:
Dr. Christopher Wellen
Research Assistant Professor
Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario firstname.lastname@example.org