Career Opportunities

ISAP posts job opportunities from our partnership members and other organizations relevant to our mission. Please click on the job title to view the description of the current job opportunity. If no opportunities are available, please check back later. Thank you for your interest in working to protect the environment and agriculture in Illinois!

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Senior Research Coordinator

Practical Farmers of Iowa is seeking a senior research coordinator to help manage our Cooperators’ Program. You will join a team of staff scientists committed to supporting farmers as they perform proof-of-concept investigation and ground-truth new ideas and practices. In this role, you’ll work with a diverse group of farmers representing a range of farm sizes, enterprises and production practices, from grain crops to vegetables, organic to no-till. Many farms have integrated crop-vegetable systems and livestock.

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Applications accepted on a rolling basis
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Extension Educator, Agriculture and Agribusiness (Horticulture)

The Extension Educator, Agriculture and Agribusiness (Horticulture) is expected to concentrate programmatically in Horticulture. This programmatic concentration includes the development and delivery of high impact and relevant educational programs and materials, and is preferred in one or more of following areas: 1) production and protection of plants in urban and suburban ornamental landscapes, 2) fruit and vegetable production and protection, including organic and IPM plant protection systems, 3) native landscaping, pollinator habitats, landscape design, or
ornamental horticulture and 4) understanding of urban and rural issues and populations. Strong leadership and delivery of programs will be provided to volunteers within the Master Gardener Program and Master Naturalist Program.

Application Deadline:
April 22, 2024
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Extension Educator, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS)

The Extension Educator, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), is expected to concentrate programmatically in metropolitan food and environmental systems within
diverse urban production settings. Close collaboration with other Commercial Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, Local Food Systems/Small Farms, Horticulture, Family and Consumer
Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community and Economic Development Extension Educators is required. The Extension Educator will be located at the CHSAS. The Extension
Educator will build networks among diverse groups within Cook County and the surrounding counties, who have strong interest in expanding the food and agriculture system in the
Chicago area through youth development, training, and education. Candidate will engage with urban growers, community members, and volunteers, CHSAS personnel, decisionmakers, and other stakeholders and clientele involved in urban agriculture and CHSAS. It is preferred that the candidate be familiar with the Chicagoland and Cook County area. Also, collaborate closely with others to achieve common goals regarding urban food and agriculture teaching and training. Educate community members about critical urban food systems issues.

Application Deadline:
April 22, 2024
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Extension Specialist, Agriculture and Agribusiness (Commercial Agriculture)

This position will be expected to collaborate closely with campus based specialists, educators in the field and other faculty and other members of the Commercial Ag team in the planning and implementation of research projects with high local relevance to stakeholders. As necessary, Commercial Agriculture specialists will be expected to cooperate with campus faculty in the conducting of pest surveys and the dissemination of these findings to clientele. This position will oversee selected Commercial Agricultural programming within the Unit and will have some regional and statewide duties.

Application Deadline:
April 23, 2024
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Environmental Policy Coordinator

Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is a statewide organization that strives to enable Illinois soybean producers to be the most knowledgeable and profitable soybean producers in the world.

The Environmental Policy Coordinator will coordinate with relevant stakeholders and build relationships in support of the ISA’s environmental policy objectives. This position will handle the analysis of key issues and execute organization strategies to support farmers on environmental policy issues.

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IL Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist III – Cambridge, IL

These positions will be employees of and supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever (PFQF), with daily instruction, quality assurance, training, and workload prioritization provided by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the PF Senior Farm Bill Biologist. This position will be located within USDA Service Centers and will provide conservation technical assistance and conservation program within their assigned districts. Occasional service to counties outside the primary work area may be required to address annual workload variance and assist teammates and partners. The biologist will work in joint capacity with NRCS, IDNR, and other partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate, and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other related wildlife conservation programs. These positions will also meet with local chapters of Pheasants Forever and other local partners to influence habitat management efforts and participate in statewide habitat meetings.

Application Deadline:
April 7, 2024
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Illinois Soybean Board Foundation Manager

Under reasonable supervision, performs duties related to the Illinois Soybean Association Foundation. The ISA Foundation manager will partner with other non-profit organizations in Illinois and nationally conducting educational programs, conservation management practices, new sustainability programs, on-farm demonstrations, and pilot projects helping farmers scale up conservation practices.

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Media Relations Manager

The Media Relations Manager will manage the day-to-day media relations needs of the organization such as preparing written press materials, managing interview requests, and preparing talking points for spokespeople. This position would also provide content support for ISA’s in-house publication, Illinois Field & Bean. This role would also support a variety of internal and external communications efforts, including, but not limited to, blog writing, event planning and communications project management.

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PCM Grant and Programs Manager

This position works under the direction of the Director of Precision Conservation Management (PCM) and the primary function is to oversee contract and grant development, deadlines, and deliverables for the PCM program.  PCM is a farmer service program led by the Illinois Corn Growers Association and Illinois Soybean Association in partnership with 30 other partners.  The mission of PCM is to increase conservation practice adoption using data analysis and farm business management principles.  This position is responsible for overseeing all aspects of PCM grants and contract, and assisting with operationalizing staff responsibilities to assure that those responsibilities are met.  This position will work with other PCM staff to track PCM program performance to assure that partner commitments and grant expectations are met and will include working with staff at IL Corn Growers Association and IL Soybean Association on invoicing and budgeting issues, representing PCM at meetings (as needed), and attending to correspondences with current and potential partners.  This is an in-office position, working remotely with periodic travel regionally within the Midwest. Position will require weekly meetings (combination of in-person and/or virtual) and approximately three mandatory in-person team meetings annually with other PCM staff.

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