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Agronomy Research Extension Specialist

The Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley are seeking a full-time Agronomy Research Extension Specialist for our Calgary office. 

Reporting to the Director of Research and working closely with the Finance, Communications, Policy and Government Relations, Grower Relations, and Business Development & Markets teams, the Agronomy Research Extension Specialist is responsible for ensuring the development, coordination and extension of agronomy research on behalf of the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions. 

This position is a shared position with Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley. 

Duties and responsibilities 

The Agronomy Research Extension Specialist is a liaison between farmers, researchers, government, industry, funding organizations and other stakeholders. 

The Agronomy Research Extension Specialist works closely with other Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley staff to ensure coordination of projects and programs, as well as extension of research results, updates and information. 

The Agronomy Research Extension Specialist: 

  • Collects input from members, directors and stakeholders on research issues and generates follow-up action; 
  • Writes grants, assists with grant writing and works with outside grant writing/project coordinators, as required; 
  • Works with farmers, research project managers and researchers to develop agronomy research projects and strategies; 
  • Assists research project managers with the review of proposals, as well as ongoing and completed agronomy research projects; 
  • Works closely with the Grower Relations and Extension Manager on events and extension materials; 
  • Develops strong working relationships with colleagues, researchers and industry; 
  • Prepares general summaries on research proposals and project updates for the Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley research committees and the management team; 
  • Works with the Communications department on news articles, trade show materials, website updates, press releases, projects, etc.; 
  • Participates in tradeshows and research events, as required; 
  • Writes regular research columns in the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley newsletters; 
  • Presents Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley funded research to growers and industry stakeholders; 
  • Develops and coordinates content for Agronomy research communications and production tools including, but not limited to, the Wheat Watch online newsletters and crop specific production resources; 
  • Represents Albera Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley on external, industry working groups, committees and boards as required; 
  • Stays apprised of current agronomic science; 
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Research and/or General Manager. 

Qualifications 

Degree in agriculture or related science program; 

  • Firm understanding of research, grant writing and project management; 
  • Knowledge of Canadian agriculture, specifically field crop production; 
  • Superior communication, written and oral presentation skills; 
  • Excellent relationship-building skills, with the ability to multi-task and prioritize; 
  • Ability to travel (up to 30%). 
  • PAg qualification or eligible and working towards obtaining PAg qualification. 

The Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley offer a competitive, incentive-based compensation package including base salary and benefits. This position is ideally suited to individuals who desire to broaden their knowledge of crop-based agricultural research while working in a positive team-based environment. 

About Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley 

The Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley are statutory corporations pursuant to Alberta’s Marketing of Agricultural Products Act. Both organizations are producer-directed and producer-funded and is dedicated to improving the long-term profitability of Alberta’s 14,000 wheat and 11,000 barley producers. 

The revenue is generated by a mandatory/refundable levy on commercial wheat and barley sales. The funds support the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley strategic priorities in research, markets, extension, communications and policy development. 

For more information about Alberta Wheat Commission, please visit www.albertawheat.com and for Alberta Barley please visit www.albertabarley.com

Applications can be directed confidentially to the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley at hr@albertawheatbarley.com.


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