NCSU Western NC Organic Research Program Coordinator Position Announcement

WORKING JOB TITLE:  Organic Research Program Coordinator

POSITION: Research Assistant
(Listed as Position #61900 at the NC State University Human Resources, Employment Opportunities website
Position is in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University

POSITION LOCATION:  Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, North Carolina 28759

SALARY: $30,000 with full benefits, including health insurance (this is an EPA position*)

JOB OPEN DATE: February 17, 2010

DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING APPLICATIONS: March 18, 2010 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

PROPOSED HIRE DATE: March 25, 2010

POSITION DESCRIPTION/RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a full-time, 12 month position for one year with possibility of renewal contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. It will be the responsibility of this employee to help design, develop, and implement an organic research program at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC. The position will be housed at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC. The initial phase of this program will be focused on production of organic horticultural crops. Responsibilities of this position will include surveying interested researchers, organic farmers, extension agents, state agronomists, and non-profits to determine how this program can best meet their needs. Survey results will be compiled and analyzed to determine the initial focus areas of the program. Visits will be made to several organic research farms across the country to study their programs, layouts, and impacts on local agriculture. Guidelines for the operation, use, and growth of the research unit will be created. The employee will help establish and maintain several small field studies and demonstrations for the 2010 growing season. The program will be promoted through media releases, websites, various social media venues, a field day, and displays and presentations at conferences and workshops. Assistance with grant writing to continue the program will be provided. An end of year project survey will be conducted and report written.

QUALIFICATIONS: The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree, although a master’s degree is preferred. Experience with agricultural field research, horticulture, and commercial scale organic agriculture is necessary. Experience with starting a similar type program would be highly desirable. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, computer, and writing skills are required. Applicant should enjoy and be comfortable with communicating with a diverse group of people on the phone, one on one, and in front of groups. The applicant should be capable of producing and giving professional reports and presentations. The applicant must be willing to travel across the country and drive across the state. Travel will sometimes include evenings and on weekends. The applicant must be capable of doing all the described activities with a minimum of supervision.

APPLICATIONS: Applicants should submit their applications through the university online application system at  Along with the profile that will be filled out online, a CV (resume), cover letter, and contact information for three references will need to be uploaded.

Submit transcripts to:
Dr. Jeanine M. Davis
Department of Horticultural Science
Mountain Horticultural Crops Res. and Ext. Ctr. Phone: 828-684-3562
North Carolina State University
Mills River, NC 28759
*Exempt from State Personnel Act

NC State University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the above listed individual.  Final candidates for employment will be subject to criminal and sex offender background checks.  Some vacancies will also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

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