Nutrient Loss Reduction Manager
Illinois Corn is seeking a full-time Nutrient Loss Reduction Manager. This position leads Illinois Corn’s water quality and sustainability initiatives focused on implementing the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and meeting supply chain sustainability demands. By working closely with other agriculture organizations, agribusinesses, conservation groups, agency partners and public entities, develops and implements education, outreach, research and collaborative efforts to help Illinois corn farmers reach their nutrient loss goals and engage in the sustainability conversation. Duties and Responsibilities:1. Facilitates field research projects with monitoring of nutrients in surface and tile water to verify best adaptive nutrient management practices.Serves as contact for water quality and sustainability projects. Works collaboratively with other stakeholders to support the implementation of education and outreach programs, including efforts of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership at ICC, the Soil Health Partnership, and the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices.Supports other staff on development and implementation of the Precision Conservation Management program and other economic analysis components.Collaborates with Policy Makers, Government Agencies, Universities and other Agriculture Organizations on state and national initiatives such as: Land-Use Change, Climate Change and Life Cycle AssessmentOrganizes and works with the watershed stakeholders on the development and delivery of information collected through the field scale and watershed projects, including conducting informational meetings with producers, agencies, non-governmental organizations and the public.Develop and oversee membership programs such as the cover crop (Becks and coupon) and Fluency Agent programs.Works with other staff and cooperators on the design, implementation and operation of field scale and watershed scale water quality projects, including Demonstration Farms, as well as modeling and mapping efforts. Collaborates with the staff and cooperators on data collection, baseline analysis and preparation of reports.Works with budgets and staffing for water quality and sustainability programs.Assists in raising funds and managing budgets for water quality and sustainability projects.Serves as the Illinois Corn representative at state, regional and national meetings, including the Illinois Monarch Partnership, NRCS State Technical Committee, Field to Market, Ag Nutrient Policy Council, NCGA Sustainability Action Team, and Soil Health Partnership Science Advisory Committee.Manages the water testing program for farmers. 2. Builds and maintains relationships with agencies and stakeholders:Cooperates with other personnel to develop strong, integrated educational programs that utilize other agencies, and organizations. Collaborates with University and other researchers on field scale and watershed research and works with researchers and other personnel in other states on the development of similar on-farm environmental research programs.Works with other states on the coordination of multi-state grants and programs. Develops cooperative relationships with state, federal and local agency personnel around water quality and sustainability efforts. Required Qualifications and Skills: B.A. in Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science or related field. Experience in reviewing scientific data and proven ability in conducting research trials. Three or more years of management or related experience. Strong interpersonal and communication skills.Apply for this job.