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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Resource Conservationist/Administrative Coordinator (Boone County SWCD)

The Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking a full-time Resource Conservationist/Administrative Coordinator. This position will work directly with landowners, producers, and local organizations to promote and facilitate conservation programs, cost-share, events, and more. This position requires a combination of office and field work.

All interested candidates are asked to send a cover letter and resume to the Boone County Soil & Water Conservation District office (address below) or email boonecountyswcd@gmail.com. For questions please call us at (815) 544-3465 ext. 3. If you are interested in learning more about the District, please visit boonecountyswcd.org

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Resource Conservationist (Stark County SWCD)

The Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking a Resource Conservationist. Duties include implementing and managing conservation programs and providing education to promote soil and water conservation practices.

Mail cover letter and resume to:
Stark County SWCD
Attn: Hiring Committee
7419B State Route 17,
Toulon, Il 61483
Or email starkcountyswcd@gmail.com

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July 17, 2024
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Program Director

Led by AISWCD, the COVER Corps partnership joins forces with The Conservation Legacy, The Corps Network, USDA/NRCS, and NACD to launch a new Conservation Outreach Volunteers Engaging Resiliency (COVER) Corps program engaging Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Eight (8) full-time AmeriCorps members will serve as COVER Corps members to meet Illinois’ statewide immediate need for connecting Illinois producers, landowners and community members with conservation/climate resiliency programming and resources available.

The Program Director oversees operational excellence and functions while supporting established relationships with partners and assisting in the identification and establishment of new partnerships as assigned by the Executive Director. This position interfaces significantly with other Conservation Legacy programs and staff on all program aspects. This position works collaboratively as a leadership member of the Conservation Legacy team ensure programmatic operational effectiveness, process evaluation and staff training and oversight.

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Applications reviewed on a rolling basis
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Visiting Extension Outreach Associate – Urbana and Innovative Agriculture

The Visiting Extension Outreach Associate, Urban and Innovative Agriculture will be primarily located in Cook County (Matteson office) and will work across Chicago and in Cook County to promote urban and innovative agriculture, including but not limited to, micro-grant implementation, Master Urban Farmer Training Program and Urban
Composting Program delivery, and creation of technical programs for urban farmers and producers, among other responsibilities.

This position will cooperatively engage with unit-based Extension personnel, Illinois Farm Service Agency (FSA) administrators, and
Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) representatives and will report to the Associate Dean and Director of University of Illinois Extension.

Application Deadline:
July 23, 2024
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Field Crops Viability Coordinator

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s (PFI) farm viability department provides innovative, personalized support to help farmers achieve their goals. We partner with farmers to implement new on-farm practices, develop markets and create robust farm business plans. We develop strategic partnerships across the food and agriculture supply chains and shape the policies that encourage resilient farms to thrive.

Within the farm viability department, the field crops viability team oversees regenerative, row-crop financial assistance programs. In 2023, these programs supported over 2,100 farmers adopting cover crops, diverse rotations and improved nutrient management. The team works closely with major supply chain partners such as PepsiCo and Unilever to drive large-scale landscape change.

This position will support the work of the field crops viability team by providing technical assistance to farmers implementing regenerative row-crop practices, planning events to support communities of practice and helping farmers through the cost-share sign-up process and complete program requirements once enrolled.

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Cropping Systems Research Coordinator

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s (PFI) research department is primarily responsible for our Cooperators’ Program. Since 1987, this innovative program has been a central platform for farmer-led curiosity and knowledge-sharing. Through the program, farmers design and conduct timely and relevant on-farm research to answer questions about their farms and share what they’ve learned with others. We believe that real-world, applied research on farms is critical for building a better agricultural system. We also help farmers engage in meaningful dialogue and promote the exchange of ideas that blossoms into new research projects.

PFI is seeking seeking a cropping systems research coordinator to lead some of our ongoing multisite on-farm research projects across the Midwest. One project explores the effect of nitrogen fertilizer on corn yield, financial returns and greenhouse gas emissions in production systems using soil health practices. Another project is looking at how cover crops influence the number of days suitable for fieldwork in corn-soybean production systems.

In this role, you will also perform meta-analyses of existing on-farm research data sets including, but not limited, to the effect of no-till and strip-till in cover crop systems and the effect of planting corn and soybeans into living cover crops (planting green).

We expect this work to result in at least two peer-reviewed publications that you will author. We also expect research results to be interpreted and visualized with farmers as the target audience in accessibly written research reports and through user-friendly online interfaces (e.g. Shiny app dashboard).

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Remote Sensing Data Coordinator

Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) is seeking a data coordinator to develop remote sensing workflows for interpreting satellite imagery of farmland acres enrolled in our research and incentive programs. You will join a research effort studying how cover crops influence the resilience of Midwestern corn-soybean production systems. As part of the project, PFI wants to use satellite imagery to assess how variables such as cover crop growth and how frequently they are used in a field affect cash crop yield over time.

You will also help monitor cover crop acres supported by our incentive programs and create detailed maps and spatial analyses for reporting to farmers, funders and other interested parties. Furthermore, we anticipate opportunities for exploring innovative approaches to enhance data collection, processing and analysis techniques.

We expect this work to result in at least one peer-reviewed publication that you will author. We also expect you to contribute interpretations and data visualizations to public-facing research reports and user-friendly online dashboards.

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