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Dover, DE

Deadline: March 31st, 2019

About

Agriculture is a major industry in Delaware and on the Delmarva (Delaware-Maryland-Virginia) peninsula. In this region, poultry, grain crops, fresh market vegetables, and processing vegetables are the primary agricultural commodities. This position is based in Kent County, Delaware, which has over 800 farms with 170,000 acres in production and agricultural sales over $250 million. Main field crops are corn (50,000 acres, 21,000 irrigated), soybeans (65,000 acres), wheat and barley (42,000 acres). Kent County is in the top 2 percent of 3,079 U.S. counties in value of vegetables sold with sweet corn, lima beans, peas, and cucumbers being major crops (17,000 acres). There are 200 poultry farms that raise over 7,000,000 chickens yearly for meat. Kent County also has 6,000 acres of forage crops supporting dairy, beef and equine operations. The state capital (Dover) and a major US Air Force base are located in the county. It is home to one university (Delaware State) and one college (Wesley) and branch campuses of the Delaware Technical and Community College, the University of Delaware, and Wilmington University. It has a population of 176,000 (2017).

Position Requirements

  • Identify critical areas of concern related to commerical crop production in Kent County, Delaware. Plan, develop, and implement educational programs using science-based information to help address and resolve issues in the areas of commercial field crop production (corn, soybeans, small grains),commercial vegetable crop production (sweet corn, lima beans, and other vegetables), and forage crop management (hay and pasture).
  • Employ a variety of educational delivery methods to help clientele (farmers, agriculture industry) understand and adopt new practices, procedures, and skills based on current science. Delivery methods include on-site visits, newsletters, fact sheets, field demonstrations and tours, field trials, educational meetings, workshops, short courses, the Delaware Agronomy Blog and the UD Extension website.
  • Collaborate with other county -based Extension staff and with the various agricultural Extension Specialists in Delaware and the region. Responsibilities may include conducting applied field research and participating in educational meetings and workshops such as Delaware Agriculture Week and Mid Atlantic Crop Management School.
  • Work closely with various state and federal agencies including the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Kent Conservation District, Farm Service Agency, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Agent will also work with the local Farm Bureau, Delaware Soybean Board, and other producer organizations.
  • Document and track program impact based on stated objectives, develop effective evaluation techniques, and enter this information into internal tracking software.
  • Continue to develop own professional expertise and mentor less experienced Extension staff.
  • Implement initiatives in support of the affirmative action plan;ensure equal opportunity and access to Extension programs for all individuals.
 

Qualifications

  • Grant writing experience preferred
  • Proficient computer and technological skills including use of software for word ptocessing, spreadsheets, presentations and website updates
  • Knowledge of exntension programming which involves responding to clientele and community needs
  • Effective communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills
  • Successful record of forming strong working relationships with producers, agricultural organizations, academic colleagues, and the public
  • Evidence of service and demonstrated leadership skills working with the agricultural private sector, trade organizations, universities, and state and federal agencies
  • Experience in developing and delivering  educational programs to the public
  • Ability to conduct applied research related to environamentally and economically viable agricultural production
  • Bachelor's degree plus four years experience or Master's degree plus tow years experience, in extension teaching, research or closely related field in agronomy, soils, crops, or other related area 

Benefits & Compensation

30E

Additional Information

This position requires some irregular work hours, such as occasional nighttime and weekend work.

Access to private reliable means of transportation. If using personal vehicle, mileage will be reimbursed. 

Long Island, NY

About

The McConnell Group, a health science company, has an opening for a full-time Lead Animal Care Technician I to provide support at Plum Island Animal Disease Center.  PIADC is located just off the northeastern tip of New York's Long Island.  This position supports the Department of Homeland Security Research and Development Program vaccine studies by caring for large animals in accordance with established procedures.

Position Requirements

      1.  Assigns daily tasks to animal caretakers and conveys work instructions from the AC Supervisor.
      2.  Ensures work is assigned in a manner to prevent possible cross contamination between animal isolation rooms.
      3.  Monitors work in progress and evaluates work at completion.  Reports to supervisor on status and progress of work, and any problems that developed.
      4.  Orders and monitors inventory of animal feed, supplies, and equipment.
      5.  Helps ensure environmental, occupational and safety rules are followed, and that work with animals is conducted as safely as possible.
      6.  Determines amounts and types of feed for different animal species, feeds daily, and records on VMR.
      7.  Observes daily appearances and behaviors of experimental animals (both sick and healthy), records these in VMR, and reports to higher level employee.
      8.  Captures, restrains, holds and positions animals for procedures, examinations, and treatments.
      9.  Dispenses and administers medications (e.g. analgesics, anesthetics and antibiotics) and enters into VMR.
      10. Collects blood and other tissues, labels them correctly, and delivers expeditiously to PI.
      11. Euthanizes animals following prescribed protocols.
      12. Dispenses carcasses and body parts following established PIADC safety procedures.
      13. Cleans, decontaminates, and maintains animal wing spaces and cages in accordance with ARB SOPs.  Operates autoclaves, pressure sprayers and misters.
      14. Uses appropriate PPE and equipment as described in ARB SOPs to protect self and fellow workers from contamination, infection or injury.
      15. Enters/exits animal isolation rooms and moves between animal rooms in strict accordance with ARB and Safety SOPs to prevent cross contamination.
      16. Reviews and approves ACT timesheets.
      17. Participates in ACT performance reviews.
      18. Submits information for deliverables.
      19. Participates in interviews and candidate selection.
      20. Assists with new employee on-boarding procedures.
      21. Mentors and trains employees

Qualifications

1.  AA or BS degree in animal science or related science preferred.
      2.  AALAS ALAT certification or have the equivalent training and experience to achieve certification.
      3.  Fundamental knowledge of animal research facility operations, animal behavior, and species specific requirements.
      4.  Fundamental knowledge of supervision and management
      5.  Ability to train and mentor animal care staff.
      6.  Effective verbal and written communication.
      7.  Employee is often required to lift and carry feed materials weighing up to 75 pounds and to handle such items as feed trays weighing up to 20 pounds.
      8.  Work requires continuous standing and walking on concrete and/or a slippery floor due to nature of the work with animals.
      9.  Employee must have strength and agility to restrain strong and very active animals which weight approximately 500 pounds or more
10. Must be able to receive and maintain a Personal Security Level 3 (PSL-3) clearance and participate in the Occupational Health/Safety Programs.

Benefits & Compensation

 

 TMG offers competitive pay and benefits packages including health insurance; paid holiday, vacation, and PTO; EAP; 401(k) and College Savings Plan.

Additional Information

Candidate MUST pass a government background investigation (NAC), employment physical and drug/alcohol screening. As required by law, TMG participates in E-Verify, a service of the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), to verify the identity and employment eligibility of persons hired to work in the United States. 

Long Island, NY

About

The McConnell Group, a health science company, has an opening for a full-time Animal Care Technician to provide support at Plum Island Animal Disease Center.  PIADC is located just off the northeastern tip of New York's Long Island.  This position supports the Department of Homeland Security Research and Development Program vaccine studies by caring for large animals in accordance with established procedures. Ferry services to the island are provided from Old Saybrook, CT and Orient Point, NY.

Position Requirements

  •       1.  Provide animal husbandry in an ABSL III environment
  •       2.  Perform daily health observations
  •       3.  Monitor animal room environmental conditions
  •       4.  Capture, restrain, hold and position animals
  •       5.  Dispense and administer treatments
  •       6.  Collect samples (tissue and serum)
  •       7.  Complete and maintain documentation accurately
  •       8.  Maintain the cleanliness of the vivarium
  •       9.  Properly use and maintain all equipment
  •       10. Receive and store vivarium supplies
  •       11. Exercise proper containment techniques
  •      12. Perform other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

  •  Bachelor's Degree in animal science or equivalent, Associate's Degree in veterinary technology, or High School Diploma with specialized animal experience.
  •   Certified as Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) with AALAS or eligible for certification (and obtain certification within 12 months).
  •  Background knowledge of working with research animals.
  •  Capable of performing basic animal care duties with guidance. Training is provided.
  •  Effective verbal and written communication.
  •  Employee is often required to lift and carry feed materials weighing up to 75 pounds and to handle such items as feed trays weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Work requires continuous standing and walking on concrete and/or a slippery floor due to nature of the work with animals.
  • Employee must have strength and agility to restrain strong and very active animals which weight approximately 500 pounds or more.
  • Must be able to receive and maintain a Personal Security Level 3 (PSL-3) clearance and participate in the Occupational Health/Safety Programs.

Benefits & Compensation

 

 TMG offers competitive pay and benefits packages including health insurance; paid holiday, vacation, and PTO; EAP; 401(k) and College Savings Plan.

Additional Information

Candidate MUST pass a government background investigation (NAC), employment physical and drug/alcohol screening. As required by law, TMG participates in E-Verify, a service of the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), to verify the identity and employment eligibility of persons hired to work in the United States. 

Capitol Hill, DC

March 4, 2019
More Info

DEADLINE -  March 4th, 2019

Mission Statement

NSAC was founded upon two shared, integrated, and equal priorities.  These are:

  • to support, build, develop, and engage the grassroots of sustainable agriculture for the health and vitality of the sustainable agriculture movement; and
  • to research, develop, and advocate federal policies relating to farm, food, and environmental issues, appropriations, and implementation to support and advance sustainable agriculture.

 

About

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.

Position Description

  • Assisting NSAC staff and coalition members with national grassroots outreach campaigns using social media, email, and other advocacy tools;

  • Developing creative, impactful engagement tools for farmers and consumers – including digital and multimedia materials – around a range of issues and campaigns, including local and regional food systems, working lands conservation, beginning farmer issues, sustainable ag research, and much more;

  • Conducting research, analysis, and interviews to support advocacy campaigns;

  • Assisting with planning and execution of NSAC events, including farmer/advocate lobby days in Washington,

    DC;

  • Drafting blog posts, social media posts, advocacy messages, and other materials;

  • Supporting NSAC’s Diversity Committee & furthering our racial equity efforts – assisting with monthly calls and

    other endeavors.

  • Assisting with other projects and assignments as needed.

 

 

Requirements

  • An understanding of and passion for sustainable food and farms

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience with community organizing and grassroots capacity building efforts

  • Experience working with diverse communities & willingness to apply an equity lens

  • Ability to both work independently and be a good team player

  • Self-motivated, organized, and able to stay on task when managing multiple projects

  • Multimedia skills – including Adobe CreativeSuite and video development / editing (Final Cut Pro or

    equivalent) – a plus

  • Preferred but not required – bilingual fluency in a language other than English

 

Duration & Compensation

Pay Rate: N/A

Start/ End Date: N/A

Days Off:  N/A 

 

 

Application Process

What To Send

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter (including your interests in sustainable agriculture and grassroots organizing)
  •  The names and contact information for two references in one combined document to applications@sustainableagriculture.net with “Summer Grassroots Intern” in the subject line.

 

 

Application Tips

  • Students that are underrepresented, including, but not limited to, women and people of color.

Additional Information 

  • NSAC can work with the applicant’s school or program to make the internship fit criteria for academic credit or field placement experience.

St.Croix

April 11, 2019
More Info

DEADLINE -  April 11th, 2019

Position Description

 Under the direction of the Animal Science Research Faculty, the successful candidate will conduct research on livestock (hair
sheep and beef cattle) production in a tropical environment, supervise program staff, develop research technologies,
establish and maintain research facilities and will assist with on-going projects on livestock production. The successful
candidate will be responsible for supervising the maintaining the research facilities and equipment, grant writing, planning
and initiating experiments, collecting and analyzing data, writing peer reviewed journal articles and other publications,
presenting papers at regional, national and international conferences and providing animal science training in seminars,
workshops and short courses, and performing other related duties as assigned.

 

 

Requirements

(1)Master’s Degree in animal science (or within 4 months of completion) or a related field
(2) Experience in handling and managing livestock (sheep and cattle);
(3) Knowledge of animal science, reproductive physiology, animal management, animal health, parasitology, nutrition, behavior, environmental
physiology, genetics, agriculture, animal care and handling;
(4) Experience with data entry, record keeping, use of desktop computer software;
(5) Knowledge of laboratory analysis, experimental design and statistical analysis, data collection, either numerical information (weights) or
biological samples (blood and fecal samples, body temperature);
(6) Ability to recognize animal health problems, work as part of a team, and communicate with the public and scientific community, make oral presentations to large groups; organize work efficiently, work independently

 

Duration & Compensation

Salary: $41,179- $47,104

Position Type: Full time

 

Application Process

What To Send

  • Resume
  • Cover letter/Letter of Application
  • Unofficial transcripts 

 

Additional Information 

  • Email is the preferred method of communicating with applicants at the University of Virgin Islands. You will be required to supply your email address during the application process.

 

  • AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) ACCOMMODATION:

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, anyone who needs an ADAaccommodation for the purposes of employment should contact the Human Resources Office at (340)693-1410.

For information about relocating to the US Virgin Islands, please visit the Virgin Islands Moving Center at: www.vimovingcenter.com

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