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CEFS is currently seeking volunteers to help with hands-on farm work at the Small Farm Unit. Download a volunteer application form here (.doc) or (.pdf).

Employment Opportunities

Agricultural Economist

 

Anticipated Hiring Range: $25/hr

Work Schedule: 40/hrs a week, partially at NCSU main campus. Some work may be required on weedends. Position will last for approximately 11 months.

Essential Job Duties: This position will serve as the agricultural economist on two projects at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. (1)For the North Carolina Growing Together Project the ag economist will gather information in the field from project partners to ascertain the impact on producer risk and profitability for farms and fishers selling into retail grocery and wholesale food service market channels. The ag economist will work as part of a multidisciplinary team working on this 5 yearUSDA funded research grant, which has the following goals: to identify the most promising solutions by which local production and associated value-added activities can be scaled and connect to local markets, to pilot implementation of these solutions in the state, and to evaluate and report the results of these pilots for the benefit of other states and regions. The Ag Economist’s primary responsibility is to assist in the evaluation and reporting of these pilots and performing feasibility studies on possible supply chain links. (2)The second project is a USDA-funded project to quantify the economic impact of “local food” on community economics. This work involves gathering detailed farm budget data from an estimated 125 farmers across the state.

Minimum Experience/Education: Masters degree in agricultural economics or agribusiness and field experience working with farmers and building enterprise budgets. Detail-oriented and well-organized. Candidates must have the ability to positively interact with a wide variety of research participants as both a researcher and as an ambassador of CEFS.

Departmental Required Skills: Superior organization and time management skills are necessary. Attention to detail, excellent follow-through, ability to think on your feet and communicate effectively are vital to success in this position.

Preferred Experiences, Skills, Training.Education: Familiarity and interest in local food and sustainable agriculture is preferred.

Apply online, here: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/40217. You will be prompted to upload a resume, cover letter, 1 letter of reference, and 2 additional references who we may contact.

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at www.wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.
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Assistant Professor – Sustainable Horticultural Energy Management

Appointment: 65% Research, 35% Academic, 12 month
Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University

Position Available: September 1, 2014

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Horticulture, Crop Science, Agronomy, Plant Biology or related field or in Agricultural Engineering or Agricultural Economics.

The successful candidate must have demonstrated research productivity through publications in relevant refereed journals, and an existing record of, or strong potential for, successful grant procurement. It is essential that the incumbent conduct team-oriented research, exhibit leadership abilities, and demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills. Prior experience working with horticulture stakeholders and sustainable crop production is a benefit. Postdoctoral experience is preferred.

Responsibilities: The candidate will be expected to 1) develop a national research program on horticultural energy conservation and management, focusing, but not limited to, energy conservation strategies in sustainable production systems, developing farm, nursery and protected culture energy budgets; conducting full cost accounting and cost benefit analyses of horticultural biofuel utilization strategies, protected culture heating/cooling, and other energy related issues; and facilitating development of alternative energy strategies for horticultural operations, 2) teach two or more courses per year (undergraduate or graduate) and one other one-credit graduate course via distance education, course topics could include sustainable energy management, sustainable and/or organic crop production, or a related topic depending on the successful candidate's area of interest and department and college course needs, 3) establish collaborative partnerships with faculty based at NCSU and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, as well as with other universities, USDA, and the private sector; 4) provide input to NC horticulture industries on farm energy management and participate in annual field days and commodity meetings; 5) establish a rigorous, nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program; 6) publish research results in relevant peer reviewed publications; and 7) demonstrated experience chairing and serving on graduate student committees.

Application: Applicants should apply online at https://jobs.ncsu.edu (reference position number 00104010). Attach a cover letter and CV to the online applicant profile, and include the names and contact information for at least three references. For more information, contact either Dr. Brian Whipker, Professor and Search Committee Chair, 919-515-5374, brian_whipker@ncsu.edu, or Dr. John Dole, Professor and Head, 919-515-3131, john_dole@ncsu.edu, Department of Horticultural Science, Box 7609, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7609. Review of applications will begin August 15, 2014, or until an acceptable candidate is identified.

Apply online at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/37630. Application Deadline: August 15, 2014, or until an acceptable candidate is identified.

AA/EOE: Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal and sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at www.wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date. NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

 

Alternative Swine Unit Program Manager

Primary Purpose of Position

The position will be required to provide leadership to Cooperative Extension program efforts, coordinating and managing the alternative swine unit at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC. So, the person in the position will be required to work somewhat independently and interact in a collaborative manner with CEFS and research station supervisors and staff on behalf of A&T.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

This Extension Assistant position, the Extension Swine Program Manager, would provide on-site direction and coordination for the Extension Swine Program at the CEFS Alternative Swine Unit for successful Extension demonstration site value. The person in the position would be responsible for daily operations of the Unit (similar to the current Extension Associate/Horticulture Unit Coordinator at A&T Farm) and provide leadership in conjunction with the A&T Supervisor and co-Director of CEFS as related to sustainable swine production. The position will operate under the direction of the Swine Unit Coordinator and in collaboration with NCDA&CS staff responsible for their activities on the unit.

Minimum Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, Farm Management or related field with 2 years’ experience involving livestock or farm management, preferably with Swine, master’s degree preferred. Experience with extension or program/project management preferred. Valid Driver’s license and personal transportation required

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

2 years’ experience involving livestock or farm management, preferably with Swine. Experience with extension or program/project management preferred

For more information, and to apply, visit https://jobs.ncat.edu/postings/5542

N.C. A&T complies with the immigration reform and control act of 1985. We hire only United States citizens and lawfully authorized foreign nationals. You must be able to provide documentation of employability and identity based on the law.

A criminal conviction check will be required for any applicant who is selected as a finalist for a position. A criminal record does not necessarily eliminate you from employment with the University. Each conviction will be reviewed with respect to the offense, circumstances, seriousness, and the position for which you apply.

NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY IS A LAND-GRANT DOCTORAL/RESEARCH INTENSIVE INSTITUTION AND AA/EEO EMPLOYER