Now Hiring: Agronomy Manager
May 09, 2022
We are seeking someone to complement our existing Agronomy Manager to provide more expertise in faba beans, soybeans, & peas as well as focus on pulse research through leading development, execution, & extension of the Applied Research & Demonstration (ARD) program as well as root rot strategy.
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) is a development board for the dynamic and growing pulse crop industry. Accountable to and funded by the over 15,000 pulse growers in the province, we provide leadership and work to create opportunities for profitable growth of the Saskatchewan pulse industry by investing in research, market development, communications, and agronomy extension.
This dynamic role full time role is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated professional who is interested in advancing pulse production and research in Saskatchewan with a focus on faba bean, peas and soybeans. If you have a passion for extension and communicating agronomic information to growers and agronomists, we want to hear from you. Reporting to the Director of Research and Development, this Agronomy Manager’s primary responsibilities will include:
- Agronomy Expertise- Provide knowledge in pulse agronomy internally and externally to develop and drive strategy as well as to influence the success of growing pulse crops in Saskatchewan with a focus on peas, faba beans and soybeans. You will develop and lead strategy for addressing root rots in pulses as part of the national Root Rot Network.
- Extension- Provide agronomic information and research outcomes to growers, agronomists, research, and agriculture industry through direct enquiries, field visits, formal and informal presentations, developing and providing input into new publications, videos, podcasts and other methods of communication.
- Communications Support- You will work closely with the SPG Communications team to provide extension and communications support related to agronomy, research, and ARD projects by identifying key topics, providing content expertise, and coordinating content development, as well as providing technical oversight and review of communications materials.
- Applied Research and Demonstration (ARD)- Lead collaborations with research managers at the various AgriARM sites, private research managers, public researchers, and industry to develop and deliver pulse projects focused on demonstrating results from research across environments as well as product and technology evaluations.
- Industry Collaboration- You will develop and maintain networks and collaboration with agronomists to support agronomy of peas, faba beans, and soybeans. You will work to ensure agronomists have the necessary tools to provide sound production recommendations to pulse growers to increase yields, profitability, and successful adoption of new and existing pulse crops.
- Technical Collaboration- Lead solutions for issues related to peas, faba beans, and soybeans through collaborative efforts with external stakeholders. This will involve facilitating steering groups, chairing meetings, developing workplans, and implementing action plans to drive solutions.
- Post-secondary education with a master’s degree in agriculture or relevant science field; or comparable experience.
- Minimum five years industry experience with a focus on agronomy and crop production in Western Canada and an in-depth knowledge of the agriculture industry. Direct experience and/or knowledge of pulse agronomy, especially of peas, faba beans, and/or soybeans, would be considered an asset.
- Experience with small plot field trials including protocol development, experimental design, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results.
- Must be licensed or qualified to be licensed as Professional Agrologist with Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists (SIA).
- Proven ability to develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with growers, industry, and the research community.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral & written), experience in extension/information transfer would be considered an asset.
- Highly organized, with critical thinking, problem solving and project management abilities; able to prioritize and manage multiple projects and programs.
- Passionate and motivated to be an expert on pulse crop agronomy in Saskatchewan.
- Team player with strong collaborative and negotiating skills.
- Professionalism and maturity essential.
Location: SPG’s Saskatoon office preferred. Open to working from another location located in or near Saskatchewan’s pea, faba bean, and/or soybean growing regions.
SPG offers a competitive salary and benefits program, flexible work location policy, and an innovative and positive work environment.
Please apply by emailing your resume, cover letter, and references to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
Application deadline: May 27th, 2022