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Jan 11

Agronomy Research Specialist

Posted on Jan 11 By: Emily Johnson

The Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley, based in Calgary, are seeking a full-time Agronomy Research Specialist, with the option of remote operations, depending on the candidate. This position is shared by the two commissions.   
Reporting to the Director of Research and Agronomy and working closely with Communications, Research and Extension, the Agronomy Research Specialist is responsible for identifying opportunities to communicate impactful research and translating knowledge to producers, providing research and experimental design expertise to current commission programming, mentoring external agronomists and researchers and coordinating regional variety trials. 

Duties and responsibilities
The Agronomy Research Specialist provides technical expertise to existing and new programming at the commissions.
Agronomy Research Specialist:
·      Collaborates with the Agronomy Research Extension Specialist to develop experimental protocols for the Plot2Farm   program and provides technical support throughout the program;
·      Coordinates provincial regional variety trial programming for wheat, barley, rye, triticale, oats and flax including, but not limited to, experimental design, seed distribution, plot inspection, data collection and analysis, and participates as a member of the Alberta Regional Variety Advisory Committee;
·      Presents Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley funded research to growers and industry stakeholders;
·      Assists research scientists with the presentation of research findings for farmer audiences;
·      Participates in and develops content for tradeshows and research events, as required;
·      Assists research project managers with the review of proposals, as well as ongoing and completed research projects;
·      Assists research scientists with the development of funding proposals that meet AWC and ABC research priorities;
·      Writes regular research columns in the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley newsletters (The Growing Point, Spotlight on Research and the Grain Exchange) and our trade publication (GrainsWest);
·      Coordinates content for Agronomy research communications and production tools including, but not limited to, crop specific production resources;
·      Develops strong working relationships with colleagues, researchers and industry, including the development of a research mentorship program; and
·      Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Research and Agronomy and/or General Manager.
·      Advanced degree in agriculture or related science program (MSc or PhD); P.Ag designation an asset;
·      Experience with research experimental design and analysis including the use of SAS;
·      Familiarity with conducting small plot research;
·      Superior communication, written and oral presentation skills;
·       Proven ability to translate scientific and technical writing to for a general audience;
·       Knowledge of Canadian agriculture, specifically field crop production;
·       Excellent relationship-building skills, with the ability to multi-task and prioritize;
·       Ability to travel (up to 30%);
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 and communication skills 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.comand for Alberta Barley please visit

Applications can be directed confidentially to the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley at

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Those selected for an interview may be required to provide a writing sample.
The deadline for applications is January 15, 2021

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