Soil Health Specialist position

The University of Minnesota Department of Soil, Water, and Climate (SWAC) and Water Resources Center (WRC) seek to hire a soil health specialist who can provide expertise and educational programming on soil health issues for conservation and agricultural professionals in Minnesota. This is a full-time position within the University of Minnesota Extension system and is the centerpiece of the newly formed Minnesota Office for Soil Health.

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Appointment Details

  • 12-month non-tenure track
  • Full-time appointment
  • Extension and research responsibilities  and accountability.
  • Housed in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate on the St. Paul Campus.
  • Frequent travel  around the state is expected.

Qualifications Minimum:

  • A Ph.D. degree at the time of hire in soil science, crop science, agronomy, or related field;
  • Research or practical experience working with one or more of the following: nutrient cycling, soil or crop management, soil genesis, soil microbiology, soil chemistry, soil fertility, and soil physics;
  • Demonstrated achievement in written communication

Qualifications Desired:

  • Experience working effectively in interdisciplinary research and extension teams and with diverse clientele groups including farmers, agricultural advisors, agency staff, and researchers;
  • Track record of publications and grants in areas related to soil health;
  • Experience with cover crops, perennial crops, tillage practices, and other sustainable cropping systems;
  • Experience in outreach and educational programming, and documented effectiveness in conducting and disseminating  applied research;
  • Excellent oral communication skills.


  • (70% time) Provide leadership and effective Extension programming on issues and initiatives related to soil health
  • (30% time) Develop a collaborative, applied research program on the impact of soil health on sustaining agricultural production and protecting water resources. Peer reviewed publications and pursuit of extramural funding  are expected.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include University retirement; group life, medical, and dental insurance plans. The position is available immediately. Detailed benefits information is available at:

How to Apply:

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Review of applications will begin January 2, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Direct inquiries to: Stacy Nordstrom.

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