The Agricultural Conservation Innovation Center is a new conservation
project that develops economically practical solutions to
agricultural-environmental problems and makes these rapidly available to
farmers and ranchers. ACIC operates as a project of the private,
nonprofit Natural Resources Council of America (a council made up of
over 70 pre-eminent national and regional conservation organizations).
ACIC, a private, nonprofit organization, works closely with USDA*s
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and has been
designated that agency's "Innovation Partner." As such, it works from a
solid, well-established base of conservation expertise, but at the cutting
edge of agricultural resource management. Partners in ACIC projects
have included NRCS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, Monsanto, and Terra Industries, among others.
ACIC believes that a program of economic signals and widely available
incentives in support of conservation is long overdue. Traditional
conservation tools (information, inspiration and cost sharing) cannot
reach all farmers or provide adequate levels of protection to the vast
agricultural landscape. Indeed, the environmental value of America*s
farmlands has steadily eroded, and problems of agricultural pollution
magnified over recent decades. ACIC hopes to reverse these
trends with its practical, environmentally sound proposals for change.
The concept embodied in each initiative is designed to mature into a
self-sustaining system or institution, e.g., one that garners wide support
and pays its own way after the initial start-up investment.
PLEASE NOTE: ACIC is moving from Arlington VA to Charleston SC in the
Spring of 1998.
All job and internship openings are for placement in South
DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Agricultural Conservation Innovation Center
This is a unique opportunity to build a new industry using risk
management instruments to help farmers improve their conservation
practices. The Director will implement two cooperative agreements with
private crop insurance companies. Under these agreements ACIC will
develop new risk management instruments which support agricultural
conservation activities, and promote their use. The position requires an
MS or ABD (or equivalent experience) & entrepreneurial spirit, strong
agriculture and risk management experience. Visit our Risk Management
Pages before you send a resume. Expect to start early summer in
Charleston SC. Equal opportunity employer. E-mail questions or resume to
IPM INSURANCE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
Recruit a core group of IPM experts representing a broad spectrum of
IPM systems to work with a major crop insurance company and a
non-profit organization to develop insurance products that increase the
acceptance of IPM systems by farmers. The position may develop into a
long term contractual relationship.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES: Identify leading experts, both private and
academic, who are knowledgeable of IPM practices. Conduct and
facilitate group meetings with insurance experts to explain the concept
of insuring IPM practices. Encourage and work with interested experts to
submit contractual proposals to ACIC to help develop specific insurance
policies. Evaluate these proposals and make recommendations to ACIC
* Well connected with IPM experts in academia and the private sector.
* Have a thorough knowledge of IPM practices.
* Strong abilities to work with others and to communicate orally and in
* Able to facilitate meetings.
SALARY: Contractual arrangements will be commensurate with
education and experience. Part-time/Contractual. Approximately 10
hours/week for 25 weeks.
BEGIN: April, 1998.
Send resume to: Jim Cubie, Agriculture Conservation Innovation Center
1400 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1100, Arlington VA 22209-2308
Jim.Cubie@agconserv.com. For additional information contact Tom
Buman, Agren Inc., 312 W. 3rd St., Carroll IA 51401, Phone:
712-792-6248 Fax:: 712-792-6175 Email: email@example.com
FARM/ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM DEVELOPER
Build a new institution and have a profound effect on agriculture and the
Agricultural Conservation Innovation Center (ACIC) seeks an innovative
thinker with a background in agriculture, the environment, and economics
to manage and promote the national Conservation Innovation Risk Fund
and develop new tools for farm conservation.
ACIC is a nonprofit entrepreneurial think-tank whose goal is to increase
the rate and level of adoption of environmentally benign cost-reducing
conservation practices by developing economically sound tools
incentives for farmers. Visit our web site, www.agconserv.com.
Manage and promote Conservation Innovation Risk Fund
Contribute to developing new incentives and economic instruments to
promote farm conservation.
Some proposal writing and public relations work.
This is a small dynamic group, so responsibilities change rapidly
as need arises.
MS or BS/BA with significant experience.
A creative, problem-solving mind.
Good writing and speaking skills
SALARY: Mid-20K, depending on experience. 75% Health Coverage
START: early summer in Charleston SC.
Equal opportunity employer.
Send resume to Jim Cubie, ACIC, 1400 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1000 Arlington,
Internships for students or graduates with a commitment to developing
creative, nonregulatory solutions are available. No specific deadlines are
set, but ACIC follows general schedules for internship applications and
decisions. For best response, fall applications should be made before
Aug. 15 and spring applications should be made before Dec. 15.
However, internships will be considered at any time of the year.
Interns commonly are responsible for researching and developing the
analytical basis for nongovernmental incentives that encourage farmers
and ranchers to adopt natural resource conservation practices.
Incentives must be legally acceptable and economically viable as well as
environmentally beneficial, requiring the intern to explore in fields that
may be new to them.
Permanent ACIC staff direct and assist interns in this work, and
encourage creative solutions and extensions of ACIC efforts.
No stipends are presently available, however, we will comply with
programs that provide academic credit for internships. This is a unique
opportunity to play a real role in addressing the toughest conservation
and environmental challenges our nation faces.
Contact: ATTN: Intern Openings
Agricultural Conservation Innovation Center
1400 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209-2803
Email resume and inquiries to: Pat.Lowe@usda.gov
Fax resume and inquiries to: 703-235-4803
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