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Seeking Agroecologist

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) is seeking an Agroecologist to lead our Research and Outreach efforts. The Agroecologist will develop MFAI’s capacity to address pressing challenges facing sustainable agroecosystems in the 21st Century by collecting and mining data, conducting empirical experiments, modeling systems, and engaging stakeholders. Areas of emphasis will be developed by the Agroecologist in consultation with MFAI staff, board members, and citizen stakeholders, but could include research and outreach in organic systems, Industrial Hemp production, perennial grasslands, agroforestry/silvopasture, biodynamics, vegetable/grain production, etc. Collaborations with scientists from other public and private institutions are encouraged. We are especially excited about networking around research experiments and hosting events that bring together stakeholders to explore innovative agroecosystem science and practice.

The position requires a minimum MS degree in an agriculture field with preference given to PhD applicants. The successful candidate for this 50% research-50% outreach position must possess diverse skills including scientific expertise (e.g., experimental design, data collection, analysis, and publication), outreach and education experience (e.g., on-farm & farmer-led projects, seminars, trainings, field days), and grant-writing skills (e.g., successful development of research and outreach ideas, team-building, and budget development).

MFAI is a non-profit organization established in 1984 in East Troy, WI to nurture the ecological, social and economic resilience of food and farming systems through education, research, policy, and market development. Our board and staff are deeply committed to a vision of regenerative agriculture realized through collaboration with farmers, businesses, and consumers to create diverse landscapes that support healthy ecosystems, communities, and people.

For more information and a complete job description please contact Perry Brown, Executive Director at pbrown@michaelfields.org