Job no: 231609-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Wisconsin
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences

Position Summary:

The UW - Discovery Farms Program develops on-farm and related research to determine the economic and environmental effects of agricultural practices on a diverse group of Wisconsin farms. This position will coordinate on-farm research and demonstration projects designed to help farmers evaluate the relative water quality impacts and economic efficiency of their nitrogen management practices, including the nitrogen use efficiency project. Additional information about nitrogen use efficiency practices can be found at http://www.uwdiscoveryfarms.org/on-farm-projects/nitrogen-use-efficiency.

As an academic staff member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension, employed with the Discovery Farms Program, the Nitrogen Use Efficiency Project Coordinator will work directly with the UW - Discovery Farms Co-Directors and other program staff members to accomplish the purpose of the position, namely coordinating research and delivering educational information and materials to agricultural producers, industry personnel, agency personnel, and the general public.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelors degree in environmental science, agronomy or soil science; other related agricultural degrees will be considered with proven coursework or experience in crop production and/or nutrient management

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

To be considered eligible for this position, you must meet all of the following minimum qualifications:
- Demonstrated computer literacy adequate to develop presentation graphics, visuals and supporting materials
- Previous experience with data analysis using Microsoft Excel
- Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to create and present information in an effective and engaging fashion
- Knowledge and skills to effectively interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity

Best qualified applicants may also demonstrate the following preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Masters degree in environmental science, agronomy or soil science; other related agricultural degrees will be considered with proven coursework or experience in crop production and/or nutrient management
- Knowledge of nitrogen cycle and nitrogen use in crop production
- Experience with the development of nutrient management plans for crop production; Certified Crop Advisor certification
- Strong interpersonal skills in a team setting and on an individual basis
- Ability to plan collaboratively and execute independently; ability to manage work responsibilities with flexibility
- Strong problem-solving skills; ability to effectively manage conflicts
- Successful volunteer or paid experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences
- Demonstrated skills in building and maintaining professional work environments
- Ability to organize work and fulfill position responsibilities productively with indirect supervision in a highly visible public sector environment

Additional Information:

Office Location: Flexible, with statewide position duties, especially in the southern portion of the state

Working Conditions:
- Travel to meetings, to farms to collect information and to meet with farmers and partners, likely 2 - 3 days a week during certain times of the year, which may include some evening or weekend travel
- Make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet positions responsibilities and essential job functions

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $50,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process, click the button. Applicants are required to apply online. The Division of Extension will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Online application, with all required documents, must be received by the assured consideration date.

You will be asked to provide a cover letter and resume addressing your skills and experience as they relate to the qualifications and duties in this job description.

As applicants move on to next steps in the process, they will be asked to provide names and contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address) of at least three references.


Michele Blakeman
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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/ .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: Feb 19 2021 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Mar 5 2021 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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