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Savanna Institute
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18 days ago
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Savanna Institute
Spring Green, Wisconsin, United States
18 days ago


Widespread use of agroforestry systems has transformational potential as a means for agriculture to transition to being a source of conservation solutions with respect to net greenhouse gas balance, water quality, and other ecosystem services. The Ecosystem Services Scientist will lead efforts at Savanna Institute (SI) to quantify ecosystem services (ES) impacts in order to validate and improve the performance of specific agroforestry practices, to support the development of verification procedures and standards, and to amplify the case for expanded use of agroforestry. Initial duties include planning and implementing all aspects of two new experiments: one on carbon sequestration in a long-term pilot-scale hazelnut production planting and another on water quality impacts agroforestry implementation in various production-scale systems. The ES Scientist may design these studies based on their own skills and interests, as long as they are aligned with the basic goals SI has for the work, and will have immediate influence on planning future ES research directions at SI, as well as on refining and delivering the organization’s message on agroforestry as a nature-based climate solution. The ES Scientist will work in collaboration with a team of four PhD- and three MS-level researchers, and will have access to SI’s new demonstration & research farm near Spring Green, WI.

Key activities include:

Carbon study (centered at hazelnut pilot farm at SI’s Spring Green Campus)

  • Design and carry out field study of carbon sequestration and/or GHG flux at hazelnut pilot farm, including data analysis and reporting.
  • Conduct baseline carbon sampling (soils and biomass)
  • Help create a long-term carbon monitoring program for SI farms

Water quality study (centered at SI’s Spring Green Campus Farms with some work at SI Demo farms and partner farms in IL and WI)

  • Design and carry out field study of water quality effects of alley cropping and riparian buffers in production-scale agricultural systems, including data analysis and reporting.
  • Install lysimeters and conduct soil and water sampling
  • Help create a long-term water quality monitoring program for SI farms

Broader ecosystem services (ES) research agenda

  • Collaborate in developing and funding a broader program of ES research projects
  • Help communicate SI’s message about ES impacts of agroforestry to a range of audiences
  • Assist in data collection and analysis on several existing small-scale agronomic trials


Required Qualifications: 

  • PhD or MS in ecology, environmental science, soils, biogeochemistry, crop sciences, or a related field
  • Strong skills in field research, data collection, and data analysis; ability to measure key biogeochemical pools and/or fluxes of interest including carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus
  • Previous evidence of academic scholarship, including involvement in peer-reviewed publications
  • Proven ability to plan and implement projects from start to finish

Ideal candidates will have one or more of the following:

  • Prior familiarity with agroforestry, forestry, grazing, or other perennial agricultural practices
  • Demonstrated ability to write and secure research grants
  • Experience supervising field research technicians
  • Experience designing carbon, trace gas, and/or water quality studies
  • Experience collecting soil and vegetation samples for measuring biomass
  • Experience setting up and maintaining lysimeter systems
  • Familiarity with best practices in science communication

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60267555
  • Location:
    Spring Green, Wisconsin, United States
  • Position Title: Ecosystem Services Scientist
  • Company Name: Savanna Institute
  • Industry: Agricultural
  • Job Function: Science
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Min Experience: 2-3 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $55,000.00 - $70,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

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