SCOAR is a collaboration of producers and scientists whose mission is to plan and promote research and information exchange for understanding and improving organic agricultural systems.
Temporary Position Opening: Organic Farming Research Foundation Lead Researcher for a project documenting the many potential benefits of organic agricultureThe Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) seeks a Lead Researcher to conduct a comprehensive review of U.S., Canadian, and European scientific literature on the environmental and social impacts of organic agriculture, including economic impacts on farms and society as a whole (“multifunctionality”). The Lead Researcher will produce an approximately 40-page report on the potential multiple benefits of organic agriculture in North America with specific policy and research recommendations and an annotated bibliography. Applications are due to OFRF June 18. The position will begin July 1. Project completion is expected to be March 2011.
OFRF is posing the question of organic agriculture, as the European Union did of all agriculture in the 1990s, “What are its functions and which functions merit public support?” Demonstrable environmental, economic, and social functions of agriculture that are beneficial may include significant levels of carbon sequestration, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved soil and water quality, wildlife and biodiversity conservation, greater farm profitability, and more rural employment opportunities. Analysis of these services, or the lack of them, will also include a quantification of the economic impacts on farms and society as a whole.
Lead Researcher responsibilities include:
Develop a timeline for research and report completion within project budget and overall project timeline
Hire and direct research assistants to help compile the bibliography
Assess the quality of available literature and select the most rigorous citations to use in the analysis
Analyze the content of published literature to generate an assessment of the environmental, social, and economic impacts of organic agriculture
Use this analysis to draft research and policy recommendations
Incorporate comments from reviewers into final document as appropriate
Identify areas where there are gaps in the published data and recommend areas of future research
The successful candidate for the Lead Researcher position will work with OFRF staff and an advisory committee comprised of scientists and communications specialists throughout the project. Specialists identified by the advisory committee, staff, and the Lead Researcher will review preliminary drafts of the report.
Qualifications sought include:
Demonstrated experience in conducting academic research and analysis
Excellent writing and other communication skills
Familiarity with organic agriculture and concepts related to “multifunctionality” such as ecosystem services, assessing externalized costs of production, agricultural life cycle analyses
Experience managing support staff
Experience working with a team
Demonstrated ability to work within tight timelines and stay on schedule
Openness to external review and critique of one’s work
The Lead Researcher will have the opportunity to present a draft version of the report at the Tri Societies Annual Conference in early November 2010.
This will be a contracted position with compensation for completion being $21,000. An additional budget of $9,000 is available to support research assistants. The project may be managed from a location other than Santa Cruz if necessary.
Applications will be due to OFRF June 18, 2010. The position will begin July 1. Project completion is expected to be March 2011.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, curriculum vitae, and writing samples relevant to the qualifications outlined above. Please send applications via email by June 18, 2010, to Maureen Wilmot, firstname.lastname@example.org. For confidential related inquiries or additional information, phone Maureen Wilmot at 831-426-6606.
OFRF is committed to providing equal opportunity employment opportunities to candidates and employees without regard to race, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin citizenship. OFRF encourages women and minorities to apply for employment opportunities with our organization. For more information on OFRF please visit our website at ofrf.org