Research Director, FTE

Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2020
 Contract
 Large scale
 Ecosystem
 Research
 Carbon Credits
 Soil Health
 Carbon Farming

Position Description

The Ecosystem Services Market Consortium LLC (ESMC) is a member-driven consortium working with partners and collaborators across the agricultural supply chain and value chain to build a technologically advanced ecosystem services market to reward and incentivize farmers for beneficial impacts of sustainable agricultural systems.

The research arm of the consortium – known as the Ecosystem Services Market Research Consortium, or “ESMRC” – is investing in critical R&D for a cost-effective and scalable approach to farmer and rancher engagement in ecosystem service markets, an approach needed to scale the beneficial impacts of sustainable practice adoption on working agricultural lands. The ESMC, aided by the ESMRC, will meet corporate and societal needs by quantifying, monitoring and verifying the environmental benefits achieved on an annual and ongoing basis.

Four ESMRC Working Groups have been established and tasked with developing and implementing specific research and development initiatives. The Working Groups, co-led by ESMC members and informed by Science Advisors chosen from a slate of national experts, will focus on the research, development, demonstration and deployment of cost-effective, scalable technologies and investments to launch the fully functioning market. The Working Groups are coordinated by a Project Manager who provides administrative, strategic, facilitation and technical support to group co-leads and participants and ensure the work proceeds as necessary in order to accomplish the goals, objectives and outcomes of ESMRC.

ESMRC seeks a Research Director to work directly with the Project Manager to provide additional technical expertise and crossfertilization to the Working Groups and Science Advisors and to provide scientific support for research project development, execution, tracking and reporting, including in field demonstrations and pilot projects.

ESMRC Research Director

ESMRC seeks a Research Director (FTE contractor) to ensure consistency and coordination across Working groups, R&D projects, and pilots/field demonstrations, and to provide the needed technical support for Working Groups and proposal development, monitoring and reporting of outcomes. A dedicated Research Director will enable more consistent and expert direction and support for WG’s, while working closely with the Project Manager who will continue to provide critical operational support to WG’s, and necessary linkages to ESMC/ESMRC teams, including protocol adaptation and refinement teams and pilot project teams.

Position Location: Remote, minimal travel expected

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in agriculture, natural sciences, conservation, sustainability, or related field and 5 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Understanding of the agriculture industry, ag conservation and sustainability efforts, and ecosystem markets.
  • Experience leading, developing and implementing agricultural research and in-field projects.
  • Experience leading teams and working across teams and communicating with a diverse range of people from technical and non-technical backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently with proficiency in prioritizing tasks, organizing time and managing multiple activities to meet deadlines, strong organizational skills, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Experience in writing, editing, and proofreading; ability to compile and synthesize divergent sources of information to create cohesive reports and recommendations.

Interested applicants should send cover letter, along with salary requirements, and resume to info@ecosystemservicesmarket.org. Position is open until filled.

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