SOIL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP RESEARCH INTERN – FULL-TIME, SHORT-TERM POSITION

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The Intern with the Soil Health Partnership will provide support to SHP’s Lead Scientist and Executive Director. Responsibilities will include assisting the Lead Scientist with data analysis and presentation for diverse audiences and stakeholders, data cleaning and organization, and drafting internal and external science communication materials. This role is a full-time 3-month role.

 

Positional Competencies:

 

  • Ability to work in a team setting and work across departments
  • Strong organizational skills including attention to detail
  • Experienced and comfortable with scientific concepts, as well as cleaning and organization of data in an agricultural context

 

Qualifications:

 

  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Economics, Agribusiness, Information Technology, Statistics or related discipline. Must be actively enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program in the U.S., with Ph.D. preferred.
  • Working knowledge of field crop production, U.S. agricultural supply chains, and soil health and conservation practices.
  • Technical skills in precision agricultural or geospatial data management, statistics, or information technology applications for data integration or agricultural data
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Willingness to travel to research meetings

 

Desired Skills/Experience:

 

  • Experience with precision agricultural data management and software programs.
  • Experience working with geospatial data in ArcGIS or other similar software.
  • Statistics background, including statistical analysis using R, Stata, or similar software programs.  Coding ability strongly preferred
  • Agronomy training or experience, including an understanding of nutrient use and application in agricultural systems.
  • Background in information technology applications for data integration including Python.

 

 

PROGRAM CORE COMPETENCIES:

 

  • Customer support and focus- Responsive to the needs of members and prospects.  Takes personal responsibility for service delivered. Is courteous and responsive to members.  Sets realistic expectations with members regarding requests for additional services.
  • Team support - Is seen as a collaborator and one who can contribute in a team setting.  Encourages all members to participate, and keeps the team focused on goals and objectives.  Demonstrates a willingness to work with all those involved in the task at hand.
  • Initiative - Acts independently while working to achieve performance objectives.  Takes action to improve or remedy situations that may be problematic by offering solutions, insights, and suggestions to those involved.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.
  • Results Focus - Can be counted on to meet or exceed goals; pushes self and others for results; is a conscientious worker who can be relied upon to handle unforeseen obstacles.
  • Judgment - Uses good problem solving and analytical skills in making decisions.  Thinks through the impact of decisions and actions on other people and programs.
  • Coordination- independently cross-checks data, projects, and communications across geography and multi-level collaborations with partnering organizations.

 

LOCATION: The position is based in Washington DC. NCGA Office, 20 F St NW #600, Washington, DC 20001

 

Duration of Employment: Approximately 3 months

 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to soilhealth@ncga.com by May 31st, 2019.

 

ABOUT NATIONAL CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION – SOIL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP (SHP)

 

The Soil Health Partnership brings together diverse partner organizations including commodity groups, federal agencies, universities, and environmental groups to work toward the common goal of improving soil health. The SHP is identifying, testing and measuring farm management practices that improve soil health and benefit farmers. We believe the results of this farmer-led project will provide a platform for sharing peer-to-peer information and lend resources to benefit agricultural sustainability and profitability. An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, we provide the spark for greater understanding and implementation of agricultural best practices to protect resources for future generations.