Job Title: Agricultural Liaison (Ag Liaison)
Office Location: Santa Fe, NM
Status/duration: Full time/1 year
Start date: Sept-Oct 2019
Compensation: $18/hour with benefits
Applications due by: September 16th, 2019
The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) is a dynamic nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve native species and habitats through restoration, research and education. Our Southwest Office works in New Mexico and Arizona. We cultivate partnerships to facilitate large-scale, regional conservation projects, develop ecologically appropriate sources of native seed, offer native species education opportunities and materials, provide technical assistance to restoration and management planning and implementation, and conduct on-the-ground habitat restoration and applied research. The Southwest Office of the Institute for Applied Ecology (www.appliedeco.org) seeks to hire an Agricultural Liaison (Ag Liaison) with a diverse skillset to support native seed production in New Mexico and Arizona. The primary project is to collaboratively support the New Mexico State Seed Certification and Noxious Weed Free Program in the development of a native seed certification program (i.e., PreVarietal Germplasm Certification program) for NM. Work areas also include providing technical support to new growers, seed production field inspections, seed processing, and technical support for the Southwest Seed Partnership.
Bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences, horticulture, or related field with at least 2 year of work experience (preferred), 1 year (acceptable).
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Experience managing and coordinating several projects simultaneously. Experience with contracts, contractor management, project planning and implementation, budgeting, and permitting (preferred).
Positive attitude and excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience working with farmers and developing and maintaining relationships with partners.
Experience with farming and production planning in the Southwest (preferred).
Familiarity with plant materials development, particularly for native species.
Plant identification skills (including common weeds). Familiarity with New Mexico plant communities (preferred).
Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Good physical condition. Ability to work long hours in adverse weather conditions (heat). Ability to lift 80 pounds. Ability to hike up to 3 miles carrying a 40-pound pack and work in a bentover/kneeling/sitting position for long periods of time.
Familiarity with non-profits (preferred).
Willingness to operate ATV and other restoration equipment as needed.
Current U.S. driver’s license.
Apply here: https://appliedeco.org/get-involved/jobs/