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Precision Conservation Specialist

Employer
ILLINOIS CORN MARKETING BOARD
Location
Paris, Illinois, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
May 14, 2022

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Sector
Consultancy/Private Sector
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Sustainability
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Job Description
Precision Conservation Management (PCM) is a farmer service program led by the Illinois Corn Growers Association & the Illinois Soybean Association and over 30 other conservation leaders. The mission of PCM is to increase conservation adoption using precision agriculture technology and farm business management principles. The Precision Conservation Specialist will provide technical assistance to enrolled cooperators in the Precision Conservation Management program.

The Precision Conservation Specialist will work with program partners to educate cooperators about conservation practices and the IL Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. This person will be responsible for helping farmers in the greater Paris, IL area secure financial and technical assistance to adopt conservation practices and/or expand their use of conservation practices. PCM Specialists present participating farmers with customized reports summarizing the sustainability and financial impacts of their current farming operation and generating environmental and financial comparisons with other farming practices.

Contractual Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support up to 100 farmers within the PCM program as they work to adopt conservation practices.
  • Promote PCM and the implementation of specific conservation practices.
  • Represent the project and demonstrate strong management and administrative responsibility.
  • Collaborate with and maintain open communication with the PCM Director and PCM Operations Manager on implementation related to PCM objectives.
  • Identify opportunities and challenges in meeting PCM objectives and work with other PCM staff including analysts, specialists, data collectors, and partners, to meet goals.
  • Conduct and coordinate internal and external communications.
  • Coordinate with other PCM specialists and partners to conduct farmer meetings and trainings.
  • Maintain up-to-date program records.
  • Coordinate and execute strategic and programmatic activities of the PCM program.
  • Provide content for PCM newsletters and website.
  • Duties as assigned.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science degree related to agricultural management, production agriculture, agronomy, or ag economics required.
  • Ability to prioritize a heavy and varied workload, deliver results on a timeline, and provide regular of activities/achievements.
  • Willingness to travel extensively within the greater Paris, IL area to meet farmers at their homes, shops, or fields.
  • Proficient with basic computer software.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work with farmers and manage professional relationships.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Understanding of current farming practices, nitrogen application techniques and hypoxia zone causes and concerns.

Physical requirements
  • Position will require regular local travel, and some regional travel within the Midwest.
  • Requires in-field work to collect data and samples in various weather and physical environments.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
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