Project Manager, National Cover Crop Variety Development Program

Responsibilities: Coordinate development and implementation of a five-year, $10 million USDA-NIFA Sustainable Agriculture Systems project on cover crop variety development.  This exciting and important project involves 37 collaborating scientists along with farmers and seed company representatives from across the U.S.  The overall goal is to help develop improved varieties of cover crops and support a major expansion of cover crop adoption in the U.S.  This position is part of a dynamic and growing staff team with the University of Missouri Center for Regenerative Agriculture (  Position can be based in Columbia, MO or as a remote position working from a home office or collaborating organization office.

Minimum Qualifications:  A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience, and at least 5 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications: Masters degree in plant breeding, agronomy, plant ecology, or related plant sciences emphasis area.

Candidates will be evaluated on:  Highest degree earned. Demonstrated knowledge of cover crops and variety testing, including direct experience with field testing of cover crops and variety comparisons. Excellent communication skills, especially working with individuals and small groups.  Familiarity with data reporting on field trials, particularly comparisons of cover crop varieties and species. Strong organizational skills and ability to work as a self-starter. Ability to initiate and have timely followup on communications with collaborating partners.

To Apply:  Applications for this position can find the job posting here or search for Job ID 45980 in the University of Missouri Human Resources employment portal. Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining experience with cover crops and variety testing or breeding, a resume, and list of at least three references. Review of applications will begin on March 10th, 2023. For questions about the position, email Dr. Rob Myers at