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UNH Extension seeks State Specialist, Soil Health


The Extension state specialist in soil health provides statewide leadership in soil health and fertility in agricultural systems. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position based at the University of New Hampshire’s Durham, N.H. campus. It is a non-tenure track 100% Extension appointment. Beginning in the second year of employment, state specialists must generate 25% of annual salary from external grants and contracts.

The specialist will oversee the UNH Soil Testing Service, maintaining and updating associated fertility recommendations. The specialist will engage with the Northeast Soil Testing Committee (NECC-1812) and collaborate with faculty, Extension specialists, and agricultural stakeholders to lead and support outreach efforts as part of a team that is working to develop and implement innovative, relevant, and impactful programming in the fields of soil health, nutrient management, and environmental quality.

The specialist will provide instruction and technical assistance to clients including farm businesses, Extension field specialists, technical service providers, and partner agencies, and will disseminate current research-based information through seminars, face-to-face meetings, webinars, field demonstrations, print/web resources and other appropriate methods.

We expect strong synergies with UNH faculty and specialists working in diverse areas of agricultural systems. The successful candidate will collaborate to connect local agriculture and University research. The specialist will engage with undergraduate and graduate students through classes and mentorship. The specialist will work with industry and Extension colleagues across the New England states and will compete successfully in national and regional funding initiatives.

Extension efforts will focus broadly on the topic of soil stewardship. The applicant should have a solid understanding of tillage systems and experience with cover cropping and responsible nutrient management, as they will work across a broad scale of farms to improve cropping resiliency.

To apply: University System of New Hampshire Portal | Extension State Specialist, Soil Health (

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