Regeneration Midwest Job Announcement

Regeneration Midwest Job Announcement

Project title: Regeneration Midwest: Scaling up climate change and health solutions in agricultural communities across six U.S. states
Project grant support: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Contact: Ann Wolf, Program Director, 515-321-9070, ann.wolf@IHRCD.ORG
Dr. Rob Wallace, Program Co-Director, rwallace24@gmail.com

Job Description
The Agroecology and Rural Economic Research Corps (ARERC or ‘RRC’) seeks to hire six state representatives for a major two-year, community-led study of Midwest food systems. The six states are Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The positions have a start date of January 1, 2020.

The project is to be co-conducted with Regeneration Midwest (RMW) and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health and Climate Change Solutions program. The study will entail a regional comparison of the effects of regenerative and conventional agricultural systems on climate change mitigation and population health. The project will include site visits to two counties per study state, one largely conventional in its prevalent agricultural practices and the other with a significant representation of operations conducting regenerative agriculture.

The six state representatives, one per state, will be tasked to help our two lead researchers select and recruit the study counties for the site visits. The representatives will also be responsible for managing the logistics of the site visits. Two counties per state will be selected based in part on the state reps’ experience and understanding of their home state.

Candidates are expected to have had field-based experience in studying or advocating for agricultural, climate mitigation, and/or population health in a rural context in their home state. Selected reps must be fluent in the distribution and practices of agriculture in the Midwest state they represent. They must be team-oriented. They must also currently reside in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, or Wisconsin—in the state they are to represent for the study.

The positions are considered part-time and compensation tied to a .25 full-time equivalent schedule. That is, hired reps will be paid for three months’ work to be tailored to the representatives’ schedules and in concert with the needs of the project.

More information about the project can be found https://healthandclimatesolutions.org/2019/09/regeneration-midwest-a-bold-vision-for-a-healthier-and-more-equitable-tomorrow/ and https://arerc.wordpress.com/research/.