Soil Health Institute Announces Pedometrics/Pedology Position

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) is seeking to hire a Project Scientist on a one-year contract to contribute to the Institute’s program in promoting the adoption of soil health systems by farmers and ranchers. Specifically, this project has the aim of creating a spatially explicit map of soil health potential for agricultural soils across the United States and to pilot a “reference state” concept for establishing locally relevant soil health targets. The successful scientist will develop algorithms using USDA NRCS soil information, pedological principles, and spatial covariate coverages to identify groupings of similar soils, locations of potential reference soils, and contribute to creating soil health targets.

The Project Scientist will lead deployment of pilot projects located in multiple states and will be part of a team of scientists at the Soil Health Institute that are geographically dispersed. Successful completion of the project will include development of theory, creation of maps, soil sampling and analyses, and submission of peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts as well as non-technical project reporting. Depending upon the candidate, this 1-year position may be staffed at SHI headquarters in Morrisville, North Carolina, or at a remote location (university, federal or private facility) as mutually agreed upon by the SHI, respective location administration, and the successful candidate.

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