Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Climate Change Technical Specialist - American Farmland Trust

Duties & Responsibilities
The primary responsibilities of this position are to research and conduct modeling scenarios to quantify the impacts of agricultural practices on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration potential. This will be used to develop a set of recommendations that will inform policy and program managers building climate action plans. Additional duties and responsibilities will include helping to develop new climate programming that supports other AFT program areas and its regional offices. Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Knowledge of and experience working with soil health practices and their impacts on climate change mitigation, adaptation and water quality concerns; 
  • Support AFT’s commitment to provide USCA states technical assistance regarding the positive role that agriculture has in combating climate change; 
  • Synthesize current scientific literature exploring soil health management systems as directly related to increased C sequestration and GHG reductions; 
  • Help research, write, and edit white papers on technical options and tools for evaluating environmental, economic, and social outcomes of farm conservation practices; 
  • Provide technical support to AFT’s conservation staff using Nutrient Tracking Tool, COMET-Farm, DNDC, and other tools/models as they estimate potential climate and water quality outcomes at the field-level through on-going research activities across the nation; 
  • Work with Development staff, Climate Initiative Director, and Research Director to raise funds for the initiative;
  • Design, develop, and implement projects relating to climate change that align with AFT’s mission; 
  • Represent AFT at meetings and conferences related to climate change and agriculture; 
  • Work with Communications staff to actively communicate about the work;  
  • Provide visibility for AFT at climate coalitions, workshops, and conferences; 
  • Support a strong team culture among AFT staff.    

The Technical Specialist must be outgoing and energetic and have direct professional experience working on agriculture and climate issues.  The candidate must be able to work closely with farmers and agriculture organizations as well as environmental organizations, universities and other research institutions, and state/federal government agencies.   
A MS or PhD degree in agronomy, soil science, climate science, conservation, environmental science or similar field with experience using climate and water quality models such as DNDC, Century, DAYCENT, APEX, and SWAT, and tools such as A Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF), Nutrient Tracking Tool, COMET-Farm, Field to Market’s Field Print Calculator, etc.; 
  • Knowledgeable of climate change mitigation science with specific experience working with agronomic (including rangeland) systems and data; 
  • Experience using R or other statistical software packages and meta-data analysis; 
  • Experience synthesizing complex, ecological data sets and compiling literature reviews;  
  • Basic computer programming language desirable; 
  • Comfortable translating complex scientific information to broad audiences; writing reports and presenting at both scientific meetings, farmer/rancher focused workshops, policy makers, and conservation planner training events; 
  • Demonstrated project management skill and interpersonal skills; 
  • Must bring a collaborative, outgoing, professional, and innovative approach to tackling these issues; 
  • Ability to deliver high quality work in a dynamic organization under time pressure;  
  • Ability to travel throughout country as needed (up to 25%). 
Application Deadline: May 28, 2019 apply here

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