Research Technologist 1 (Project Coordinator)
Penn State University
- Penn State Harrisburg
- Date Announced:
- Date Closing:
- open until filled
- Job Number:
- Level/Salary Band:
- 01 – E – Non-exempt
- Work Unit:
- College of Agricultural Sciences
- Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
- Full/Part Time:
The Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center (AEC) was founded in 2008 by the College of Agricultural Sciences and its Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI) to enhance the communication and integration of science to inform policy and improve and build partnerships that benefit working landscapes across the Commonwealth. The focus of the AEC’s work is one of the great environmental problems we face today: nonpoint source water pollution caused by land use and land management. Over the last decade, this focus on the land and water interface has helped position the College as a leader in land and water research, engaged scholarship, and extension and outreach. The AEC has two offices located at the University Park Campus and the Harrisburg Campus (Lower Susquehanna Office). The AEC is in need of a full-time Project Coordinator at its Lower Susquehanna Office at the Penn State Harrisburg campus. This is a 12-month, fixed term position. The Project Coordinator will assist the AEC Director and other AEC and ENRI staff in the management and delivery of priority projects related to agriculture and urban influences on watersheds in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic Region. Specific duties include: managing and providing administrative and staff support for priority projects of the AEC that involve multiple deliverables, time lines, and partnership efforts; planning and coordinating events hosted by and in support of priority projects of the AEC; conducting GIS and other data analysis to facilitate priority projects of the AEC and ENRI; receiving training on manure management and conservation planning and working with experienced agriculture technicians to outreach to farmers to develop plans and provide guidance to farmers on program or technical assistance opportunities to implement conservation practices; conducting field work and data collection on restoration and maintenance best management practice (BMP) implementation, including conducting maintenance on riparian buffers, native meadows, rain gardens, and other green infrastructure practices, documenting success of restoration practices, assisting in watershed planning, and conducting water quality monitoring; and assisting AEC staff in facilitating and managing watershed based partnerships in the region. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Qualified Candidate: Should have relevant major and interest in agricultural sciences, water resources, natural resources, and/or environmental sciences; experience with GIS and data analysis; a passion for rural conservation and farming; interest or experience in agriculture and/or conservation; interest and skills in community and landowner engagement and outreach, especially farmers; have additional experience in the conservation field; have excellent writing, communication, organizational, and project management skills; and be willing to travel to and within Pennsylvania (valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle required). This position requires that the selected candidate operate a motor vehicle as part of the job duties. A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.
These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.