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Organic Farming Research Foundation
National, United States (remote)
24 days ago
Organic Farming Research Foundation
National, United States
24 days ago
Job Type
Job Duration
$72,000.00 - $77,000.00
Min Experience
5-7 Years
Min Education
Master's Degree
Required Travel
Salary - Type
Yearly Salary
Job Function



The mission of the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF envisions a future where organic farming is the leading form of agriculture. Our goal is to broaden access to and involvement in our programs, working toward greater equity in our food and agriculture systems overall. Since our founding in 1990, OFRF has sponsored organic farming research, education, and outreach to support organic and transitioning farmers across North America. This work is complemented by efforts to share our findings with policymakers, agricultural institutions, and federal agencies to support broader change and advance the organic sector.


The OFRF Organic Agriculture Conservation Scientist is a full-time, benefited, exempt position. While the organization is based in Santa Cruz, CA, this position has the ability to work remotely within the continental USA.

The Organic Agriculture Conservation Scientist will build institutional knowledge of the conservation benefits of organic production at USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) while also helping highlight the significant funding opportunities available to organic producers through NRCS programs. Through an agreement with NRCS, the Organic Agriculture Conservation Scientist will be an individual with scientific expertise in organic farming systems, including soil health, who will serve as a liaison between OFRF and NRCS. This position also provides support on other programmatic activities, including: keeping coalition partners up to date on our NRCS work, helping our communications team develop relevant materials, and involvement in our federal advocacy work. This position reports to the Policy & Programs Manager.


  • Serve as an expert on the science and practice of organic agriculture and conservation to diverse audiences, including but not limited to NRCS employees, agricultural service providers, farmers, and organizational partners.
  • Apply technical expertise in organic conservation to create and utilize educational resources, including training materials, webinars, guidebooks, and annual research updates.
  • Review new and existing NRCS resources to ensure they reflect the latest organic agriculture research findings.
  • Plan and facilitate online and in-person meetings and workshop sessions with technical assistance (TA) providers, farmers and researchers.
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with key NRCS staff and contractors to facilitate greater organic producer participation in NRCS conservation programs.
  • Create communication and outreach materials to promote conservation projects and highlight the impact of NRCS programs for organic producers.
  • Engage with farmers, Organic Coordinators, and certifiers nationwide to increase knowledge of and access to NRCS organic programs and resources
  • Participate in developing, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on projects.
  • Represent OFRF at conferences and events, and support stakeholder outreach.
  • Other related duties as assigned by your supervisor


  • Master’s degree required, PhD preferred, in soil science, conservation, sustainable agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, ecology, environmental studies, or related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience working in conservation, agriculture research or education, or other related field. A PhD program in a related field will count towards this requirement.
  • Ability to identify, review, and summarize scientific literature..
  • Ability to effectively communicate science to a lay audience.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to adhere to strict project deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal and written communication, as well as visual and oral presentations.
  • Ability to work professionally with a diverse group of individuals to accomplish goals, including staff, farmers, partners, and donors.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of OFRF, including alignment with OFRF’s racial equity, inclusion, and diversity initiatives.
  • Proficiency with common software applications, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience working independently and collaboratively in a remote setting using programs such as Microsoft Teams, Google Drive, Google Suite, and Asana.


The starting salary range is $72-77k, depending on experience. OFRF offers a competitive benefits package and a great work environment with lots of flexibility. We look for co-workers who can have fun and are committed to working for a cause we love.


To be considered for the position, application packets must include the following:

  • A resume outlining your skills and experience
  • A cover letter stating your interest and qualifications
  • An excerpt of a writing sample that is no more than 3 pages that reflects work that has been minimally edited by others

Submit your complete packet with “Conservation Scientist” in the subject line via email to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please visit to learn more.

OFRF is an equal opportunity employer. Just as in the natural world where diversity creates resilience and strength, we believe a diverse workplace is crucial to the success of our organization and our efforts to support organic farmers. We strive to create a safe and supportive office culture and workplace that encourages racial and social equity. OFRF has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind, and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply no matter their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran, or disability status. 

Job ID: 73656230

OFRF's Mission is to to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production. Learn more here:

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