Employment Opportunities: Join the ISA team!

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Conservation Agronomist

The Conservation Agronomist will provide conservation and agronomy technical assistance to ag retail partners, landowners, and farmers across Iowa with a goal of increasing farmer participation and engagement in programs and projects that improve production, profitability, and natural resource outcomes. This position will also provide grant and project management including partner engagement, progress reporting, and coordination. This position reports to the Sr. Field Services Program Manager.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as a conservation and agronomy technical specialist
  • Identify appropriate in-field and edge-of-field agronomy and conservation practices for soil and water resource improvement
  • Promote management practices and systems to address resource concerns, farmer/landowner goals, and watershed project goals
  • Execute on-farm research, including collection of data and management information
  • Monitor agronomic and conservation practice performance
  • Connect farmers and landowners with financial assistance and securing necessary technical design standards for practice application
  • Manage grant project implementation, reporting, coordination, and troubleshooting
  • Serve as a technical agronomy and conservation liaison between watershed coordinators and ag retail partners across the state
  • Build relationships and coordinate projects with project sponsors and a variety of audiences including farmers, landowners, ag retail staff, CCA’s, USDA Service Center personnel, extension, NGO partners, and other commodity organizations
  • Participate in meetings, trainings, events, and field days
  • Prepare work plans, budgets, quarterly and annual reports
  • Coordinate with other ISA departments and staff including communications and outreach, producer services and finance and accounting

Competencies

  • Practical understanding and application of agronomy and conservation
  • Prioritizing and organizing work
  • Establishing relationships
  • Customer service
  • Evaluating and implementing ideas
  • Navigating organizations
  • Acting as a champion for change
  • Communicating effectively

Travel

  • This position requires remote work in the field and requires up to 50% regular travel, typically in Iowa. Occasionally travel is outside the local area and overnight.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • This position has no supervisory responsibility

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in environmental sciences, agricultural engineering, biological sciences, ecology, sociology, or related field
  • Minimum of three to five years of experience working directly with farmers
  • Strong understanding of:
    • conservation practices and financial support programs
    • agricultural industry and the ag retail system
    • cropping systems
  • Capable of working in a team environment while working independently to achieve specific project deliverables
  • Understanding or ability to learn various computer technologies including data management programs, CRM software, and GIS software.
  • Valid driver's license required

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master degree in environmental sciences, agricultural engineering, biological sciences, ecology, or related field
  • Experience working with grant projects or grant management
  • Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; drive long distances; walk in fields and uneven terrain; collect water samples from streams, tile outlets, and other water sources; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment will vary.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and software platforms such as Office 365. Occasional field work is required and sampling equipment such as water sampling equipment, handheld garden shears, soil probes, and GPS equipment are also used.

Benefits

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Flexible spending account available
  • Cellphone and wellness reimbursement
  • 401(k) with generous company match
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Dress for your day dress code

 

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Staff Accountant

The Staff Accountant will prepare and maintain financial records to track the organizations assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liabilities, and other related financial activities. This position reports to the Controller. 

Essential Functions

  • Utilizes computerized accounting software programs (CMS, Excel, Word) to perform duties and responsibilities
  • Generates accounting statements and reports
  • Researches cash receipts, coding and posting of receipts
  • Prepares daily bank deposit
  • Researches and applies unallocated cash
  • Oversees client accounts, accounts receivable write-offs and payment reversals
  • Develops automated spreadsheets
  • Organizes and maintains up to date financial records
  • Provides monthly financial and management reports
  • Prepares monthly balance sheets, income statements, and profit and loss statements
  • Maintains the general ledger
  • Codes invoices, sets up new accounts, reconciles accounts, and closes the monthly books
  • Reconciles bank accounts at least monthly, verifies deposits, and addresses inquiries from banks
  • Reconciles cash disbursement accounts, payroll, customer accounts, and other financial accounts; manages accounts receivable collections
  • Verifies and/or completes payment of invoices associated with accounts payable and ensures payments are charged to the appropriate accounts
  • Provides outside auditors with assistance; gathers necessary account information and documents to perform annual audit
  • Maintains knowledge of acceptable accounting practices and procedures
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Competencies

  • Delivering high quality work
  • Expense analysis
  • Invoicing
  • Financial Reporting
  • Making accurate judgements and decisions

Travel

  • This position requires no travel 

Required Education and Experience

  • 4 Year Bachelors degree in Accounting, or related field, required.

Benefits

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Flexible spending account available
  • Paid parental leave
  • Cellphone and wellness reimbursement
  • 401(k) with generous company match
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Dress for your day dress code

 

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Public Affairs & Producer Services Intern

The Public Affairs and Producer Services Intern will work with team members of Public Affairs and Producer Services interacting with Iowa's soybean farmers focusing on policy and regulatory developments. The internship will include projects relating to writing and communications, membership campaigns, program development and management, farmer engagement and administrative tasks.

Essential Functions

  • Writing, proofreading and formatting biweekly communication pieces to farmers focused on policy issues
    • E-Newsletters, as well as other pieces to be included in ISA's communication efforts
  • Communicate with farmers, legislators and key stakeholders
  • Research and analyze policy and/or regulatory issues of interest to soybean farmers
  • Assist with ISA Advocate membership recruitment and retention planning
  • Represent ISA at farmer-centric meetings, field days and trade shows
  • Assist with meeting planning/scheduling, preparation and follow up
  • Assist with program planning for Policy Leaders Fellowship (PLF)
  • Other tasks as assigned

Competencies

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Interest in policy
  • Ability to work independently and provide support to team members
  • Adapting quickly to change
  • Knowledge of computer software, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database management systems, etc.

Travel

  • This position requires frequent travel. Travel will generally be within Iowa using company vehicles and will normally be completed within normal business hours.

Timeline

  • This position will be January through August. This position will work with Public Affairs for up to 20 hours per week from January to April. This position will work with Public Affairs and Producer Services for up to 40 hours per week, May through August.

Required Education and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree (BA or BS), in progress or completed, with a focus in agriculture, communication or policy             

 

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