OBJECTIVE: To assist the ISA Research Center for Farming Innovation with cropping system research.  The employee will be expected to collect water quality, soil, and plant samples; conduct crop scouting and imagery analysis; process and organize data; and assist with data analysis. The research will be used to help ISA improve the productivity and sustainability of crop production in Iowa. This role reports to the Sr. Research Program Manager. 



  • Assist Regional and Conservation Agronomists in execution of on-farm research.
  • Assist ISA Research on water sample collection throughout the state. Includes taking samples at defined locations, and collection of samples that are dropped off at collection points.
  • Interact with farmers in a professional manner to execute experiments and data collection.
  • Collect soil and plant samples from farm fields.
  • Ability to take direction and work independently.
  • Ability to enter and work with data collected using commonly used tools (Excel, Word, etc.).
  • With proper training, conduct crop scouting and use aerial imagery for pest, disease, and different stresses.
  • Assist in other ISA Research program areas as needed.


  • Basic understanding of crop production and conservation systems.
  • Data collection and management
  • Demonstrated initiative
  • Attentive listening
  • Detailed record keeping
  • Oral and written communication
  • Valid driver’s license required


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


  • Ability to work efficiently on individual and team projects.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills.
  • High level familiarity with farming practices, agricultural conservation, and water quality
  • Undergraduate degree (BA or BS), in progress or completed, with a focus in agriculture or environmental science


  • Experience in agronomy or environmental science and field data collection and analysis preferred or comparable experience within agriculture.
  • Understanding of production agriculture and agricultural conservation practices preferred.


This job operates in a professional office environment and field settings. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. Much of the work will be outside in farm fields and other outdoor settings and may occasionally involve inclement weather. In some cases, the employee will be around large tractors and other agricultural equipment.


Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process please contact Human Resources 

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.