Role Description: Conduct research and data analysis to support the development of sustainability metrics and benchmarks.
Posted: November 13, 2017
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture seeks a Research Analyst to contribute to development and evaluation of quantitative indicators of environmental sustainability of commodity crop production in the United States. Field to Market is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings together a diverse alliance of grower groups; agribusiness companies; food, beverage, restaurant, and retail companies; conservation organizations; universities and public-sector partners to focus on promoting, defining and measuring the sustainability of commodity crop production.
Field to Market produces reports that track the sustainability performance of agriculture over time, as well as develop resources and tools for farmers to evaluate their own field and farm level environmental performance and to identify opportunities for improvements through diverse partnerships with public and private sector organizations.
The scope of science covered by the program is broad and includes research and development of tools to measure land use efficiency, irrigation water use efficiency, energy use efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, soil erosion, soil carbon, water quality and biodiversity. This position presents a unique opportunity for practical application of scientific knowledge and communication of science to a wide community of users, including farmers and supply chain companies.
The Research Analyst will contribute to research on multiple dimensions of agricultural systems, including simulation models of crop and soil systems; research on agronomic practice adoption; quantitative analysis using information from statistical data resources and other monitoring technologies; synthesis of literature and resources related to environmental impacts; and data analysis of information collected through the FIeldprint® Platform. The position will support ongoing activities related to metrics development; the periodic production of the National Indicators Report; development of national, state and local benchmarks of sustainability indicators; and other research tasks as assigned.
The position reports to the Science & Research Director at Field to Market.
Research tasks within Field to Market are guided by program users and member organizations through our multi-stakeholder Metrics Committee, and are informed by our Science Advisory Council with additional collaboration from university members of Field to Market and other academic collaborators.
Specific duties for this position will include:
Research to identify and process data resources related to crops and indicators in the program
Agronomic research to help extend the program to represent additional crops
Literature review and analysis on diverse science topics to inform discussions among member organizations
Synthesis of simulation model results to provide regional level benchmarks of environmental impacts
Analysis and synthesis of field level results from the Fieldprint Platform for reporting against program goals
Reporting of findings in appropriate scientific forums, including presentations, posters, and contributions to scientific reports and journal articles
Geographic data analysis may also be a component of the position.
A minimum of 2-4 years of demonstrated experience with environmental data analysis and/or research is required.
A Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, soil science, geography, engineering, or a related field.
Flexible, inquisitive, self-motivated and committed to our common objective of a more sustainable agricultural system in the U.S.
Experience in data analysis software (Excel/Access) is required;
Computer programming experience for data analysis and experience with geographic information systems (GIS) is desired.
Ability to prioritize, establish and meet deadlines and handle multiple tasks.
Must be fluent in English and have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Must have strong command of the English language
The position is located in our Washington, DC office. Some travel will be required.
Please submit a cover letter that explains your interest in the position and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 3, 2018. Salary is commensurate with experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance.
About Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture brings together a diverse group of grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities and public sector partners to focus on defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production. Field to Market is comprised of more than 130 members repr...esenting all facets of the U.S. agricultural supply chain, with members employing more than 5.3 million people and representing combined revenues totaling over $1.3 trillion. For more information, visit www.fieldtomarket.org and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/FieldtoMarket.