Midwest Cover Crop Executive Assistant; Ames, IA

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Practical Farmers of Iowa is seeking an experienced professional to serve as our Midwest Cover Crop Executive Assistant. Practical Farmers offers a flexible, fast-paced work environment with opportunities for independent initiative and professional development.

Duties include:

  • Search and summarize published academic literature;
  • Manage, build, and populate Excel databases;
  • Coordinate events;
  • Coordinate and support farmer speakers;
  • Interview, survey, and communicate one-on-one with farmers and other constituents;
  • Edit and write grant proposals, reports and articles;
  • Edit, track and report grant deliverables;
  • Assist the Midwest Cover Crop Director as needed;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree preferred, in a scientific field;
  • Three years related experience required, five years preferred;
  • Experience writing grant proposals and grant reports;
  • Able to work independently;
  • High level of organization;
  • Fundamental understanding of Iowa agriculture;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs, survey software and file-sharing (i.e. Dropbox, Google Drive);
  • Excellent communication skills; this person needs to be outgoing, willing to pick up the phone, initiate contact with farmers, and have good interview skills;
  • Ability to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work on several tasks at once;
  • Flexible and adaptable.

This is a full-time position based in our Ames office. Salary commensurate with experience.

This position requires some travel (mostly in Iowa), a valid driver’s license, the ability to lift 50 pounds and the ability to walk long distances. The position reports to Sarah Carlson, Midwest Cover Crop Director. Practical Farmers is a family-friendly employer. The position includes full health care benefits, a flex plan, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, and generous paid time off. Employer contribution to a 401k retirement plan is offered after one year of employment.

Please apply by sending cover letter, resume and references to Sarah Carlson at  [email protected]  by COB Tuesday, November 1, 2016.