Position Announcement

Agricultural Economist

Term: 1 year.

The Soil Health Institute (SHI), a non-profit organization created to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement, is seeking an Agricultural Economist for a one-year contract.  The individual selected will assess the economics of soil health-promoting practices/systems using data from long-term agricultural experimental sites across North America and integrate that information with local on-farm data separately collected in strategic coordination with partners.  The individual selected can operate from a remote location or at SHI headquarters in Morrisville, North Carolina.

Duties Include:

  • Leading data template development for agricultural research sites.
  • Supervising economics-related data collection from up to 150 agricultural research sites.
  • Researching, establishing, and applying standardized costs and returns associated with a wide diversity of agricultural practices, crops, soils, and climates.
  • Performing partial budget analysis and analyzing data for individual sites and across networks of sites.
  • Leading data template development for on-farm case studies.
  • Integrating research site findings with on-farm case study findings.
  • Preparing findings for publication to scientific and agricultural producer/field practitioner audiences.
  • Occasional travel.

Qualifications:

  • A Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Finance, Agribusiness, Accounting, or closely related field is required.
  • A Ph.D. in an economics or natural resource discipline is preferred.
  • Experience conducting partial budget analysis at agronomic field trial and on-farm scales is desired.
  • Demonstrated expertise in understanding farm accounting principles and economic relationships in agriculture is desired.
  • Expertise in statistical analysis is desired.
  • Experience in writing for technical and/or popular journals is desired.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

To Apply:

Email a resume/C.V., college transcripts, and the names and contact information of 3 references to:
Byron Rath, brath@soilhealthinstitute.org.
Indicate “Agricultural Economist” in the subject line.

First review of applications will begin by October 29, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled.