Agroecologist Research Fellow

Please consider joining the Ecdysis Foundation team as an
Agroecologist Research Fellow (two positions)
$50,000/year; Full time, salaried Start date: Immediate
Ecdysis Foundation Blue Dasher Farm 46958 188th Street
Estelline, SD, 57234;

Ecdysis Foundation is embarking on the largest agroecological experiment ever conducted, and we need your help!

This position will work with some of the top minds in regenerative farming in the country, collecting systems-level data on hundreds of farms, studying farming systems that have never been examined by researchers, discovering new species and how they work in functioning farming systems, and helping to change the trajectory of our food system and planet. To accomplish this ambitious mission, we are developing new technologies that will help steer the future of applied sciences.
The goal of our Research Fellow Program is to serve as an immersion in our style of science and prepare early- career scientists for a future as Research Scientists and Center Directors for Ecdysis Foundation.

About Ecdysis Foundation
We are using grass-roots science to save the planet, helping farmers as we do it. Regenerative agriculture promotes soil health and conserves life, while producing nutritious food profitably. At Ecdysis Foundation, we are rethinking the application of science to support a large-scale transformation of our food system, promoting regenerative farming through cutting edge research, education, and demonstration. Ecdysis Foundation is housed at Blue Dasher Farm, an operating regenerative farm that produces honey, eggs, chickens, lamb, and seed for our community.

Required skills
A Doctoral-level degree in a related field (e.g., natural resource management, entomology, soil science, botany, ornithology, applied microbiology). A demonstrated interest in farming and regenerative or sustainable agriculture, and experience conducting on-farm research projects. Strong people skills and the ability to lead a research team. Ability to enthusiastically and transparently communicate science to a wide range of audiences, including farmers, press, social media, policy makers, and the general public. Experience with following a research project or program through to management recommendations.

Duties for this position
The incumbent will study some of the most innovative farms on the planet and help to scale and transfer what these farms are doing; develop, coordinate, and administer a research program in regenerative agriculture in a diversity of systems; participate in relevant professional activities; publish science and thought pieces; help coordinate farmer- and student-focused workshops and meetings to help support regenerative farming; mentor and supervise younger technical staff and graduate students; serve as an active member of a food community. Current investigations include assessing regenerative and conventional food systems and generating empirically defined roadmaps for transitioning to regenerative systems.

To apply, please e-mail a 2-page personal statement that outlines your story, research interests and your interest in this position, current CV, and contact information for three references to

Dr. Jonathan Lundgren;
Review of applications will begin July 1, 2021, and continue until positions are filled

Job Type: 
Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
Company Name: 
Ecdysis Foundation
Name of Contact Person: 
Dr. Jonathan Lundgren
Contact Person's Phone: 
SD - South Dakota
Contact Person's Email: