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Colorado State University AAR: Soil Health Program Specialist in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title AAR: Soil Health Program Specialist

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 202100566AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Resch Sci/Scholar II

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $88,000 - $92,000

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University ( CSU ) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas. https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-afap.pdf.

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Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 06/13/2021

Description of Work Unit

The Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station ( CAES ) is committed to finding practical solutions to food and natural resources challenges facing the people of Colorado. Our research efforts extend across the entire campus, involving faculty and staff from more than 15 academic departments in seven colleges, and reaches from the main Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins, to seven off-campus research centers around the state. Our mission is to conduct research that addresses the evolving business, climate, and policy conditions that affect farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.

Position Summary

The Soil Health Program Specialist provides technical assistance and serves as a liaison to farmers, ranchers, and other conservation organizations, state and federal agencies on issues related to soil and water stewardship and the protection of natural resources. This position interacts with NRCS and local partners on a daily basis. Contributes to planning and implementation of conservation practices especially as they pertain to improving soil function. The position also assists the 76 conservation districts in implementing voluntary soil health and water quality programs; participates in grant development and distribution, on-farm demonstration, conducts an ongoing soil health inventory, and develops educational, and training opportunities that serve farmers and ranchers. This position represents CSU on partnership committees to collaborate on and support soil health matters. The position collaborates with other CDA Divisions and partner agencies in formulating state soil health policies and practices and provides appropriate soil health.

Required Job Qualifications

• Earned doctorate in a field directly involved in soil resources research;

• Demonstrated research record in soil resources research;

• 3 years of experience in research management;

• Ability to work with various publics including governmental agencies, consulting engineers, water boards, advocacy groups, university faculty;

• Working familiarity with federal and state agencies which fund and utilize water research;

• Working understanding of academic organizations;

• Experience with research and extension performed by the Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension.

• Valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Program Management


• Works with fellow soil health practitioners to provide leadership and strategic direction for Soil Health Research and Extension at Colorado State University

• Builds faculty teams to compete for extramural grants

• Works with various funding agencies, private firms, and governmental agencies to expand Soil Health resources research in Colorado

• Works with academic and other special units of Colorado State University to further the Land Grant mission related to soil health research, teaching and engagement

• Manages a program of technology transfer and information dissemination

Percentage Of Time 70

Job Duty Category Liaison with State and Federal Agencies


• Represents CSU on Soil Health committees to collaborate on and support soil health matters

• Actively collaborates with CDA Divisions

• Actively collaborates with federal partners ( NRCS , USFS , BLM , EPA )

• Represents CSU interests with agencies in formulating state soil health policies and practices and provides appropriate soil health

Percentage Of Time 30

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License

Search Contact Eugene Kelly eugene.kelly@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity (https://oeo.colostate.edu/) is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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