Join our team as a field agronomist!

November 6, 2020 3:14 PM
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We are looking to hire a new Extension Field Agronomist to serve south central Iowa (Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, Wapello, Jefferson, Decatur, Wayne, Appanoose, Davis, and Van Buren counties). Field agronomists provide educational leadership and subject-matter expertise in crop production and participate in local, area, and statewide Crops Team and interdisciplinary team efforts.

Qualified candidates should have a basic agronomic background with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. Preferred qualifications of outstanding applicants include a Master’s degree in an Agronomy or related field, additional years of experience in teaching and/or the agri-business industry, and experience communicating with a wide range of audiences including agricultural clientele and the mass media.

The south central Iowa geography has significant forage production, so experience with forages or a willingness to learn more about forage management is important.

We look forward to adding a new member to our team! The full job description and job application can be found here.  Applications are due by Nov. 13.

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Joel DeJong Field Agronomist in NW Iowa

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Virgil Schmitt Field Agronomist in SE Iowa

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