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 the Research Triangle Park (RTP) near Raleigh, North Carolina; is seeking to hire a Project Manager on a one-year contract to contribute to the Institute’s program in promoting the adoption of soil health management systems by farmers and ranchers. Specifically, the position’s primary responsibility is coordinate a multi-institutional project involving measurement-based assessment of soil health, carbon stocks, and gas emissions in dairy management systems as a result of implementing soil health systems.
The Project Manager will lead deployment of a national sampling project to quantify soil health baselines across dairy regions of the United States. The successful candidate will also coordinate soil sampling, laboratory analyses and data management between eight partnering research intuitions, the Soil Health Institute, and Dairy Management Inc. Data collection for the baseline will involve working with Institute partners and farmers to schedule nationwide sampling in Spring 2021. Successful implementation of the project will involve strong communication, organizational, and cooperative skills. Though SHI headquarters is in Morrisville, North Carolina, the successful candidate is not required to relocate for this job.
Multi Institutional coordination of soil and plant tissue sampling
Project reporting and management
Communication with laborites on data deliveries and Standard Operating Procedures
Coordinate soil sampling campaigns on production dairies
Analysis, synthesis, and presentation of project data
Support other Institute projects with disciplinary knowledge
M.S. in agronomy, soil science or other agricultural science degree program with management experience, Ph.D. is welcome.
Ability to travel for soil sampling and physical ability to manually soil sample (approx. 7 weeks)
Must be able to facilitate effective communication with landowners, farmers, and scientific collaborators and among our team of soil scientists and agronomists.
Prior soil sampling experience and experience in dairy agronomy is preferred.
Demonstrated strong organizational and oral communication skills. This project needs effective interpersonal and organizational skills with an ability to communicate to diverse audiences and stakeholders.
Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
Email a brief cover letter, resume/C.V., copy of college transcripts (unofficial okay), and the names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Cristine Morgan, CSO, firstname.lastname@example.org
State “Project Management Application” in the subject line. The first review of applications will begin by June 14, 2021, and all interested individuals are encouraged to submit their application by that time. The position will remain open until filled.