Field Agronomy Graduate
At Loam, we have the earth in our hands. As a team of scientists, farmers and entrepreneurs, we are on a mission to improve the world’s farmland and address climate change.
We are developing microbial technology to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and build carbon in agricultural soils. With a dedicated agenda to deliver nature based solutions, we help farming businesses prosper by boosting yield and soil health and enabling access to carbon markets.
As a start-up with ambitious founders and investors, our work is fast-paced and multidimensional. We foster a supportive and diverse workplace, where every team member is encouraged to learn and grow beyond their area of expertise.
While everyone at Loam is working in different roles, we all have one job: to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it stably in the soil.
About the Role
The Field Agronomy Graduate position is a short-term opportunity designed to introduce you to, or further your interest in research agronomy in Australian broadacre systems.
The ideal candidate would undertake this position from approximately October 2023-July 2024.
The Field Agronomy Graduate will work in Loam’s agronomy team to help execute trials to evaluate fungal inoculum performance at greenhouse and field scale. The role will work closely with R&D leaders, soil laboratories and product managers to deliver impactful carbon sequestration products for farmers. The Field Agronomy Graduate will contribute to our R&D greenhouse and field trials, including monitoring, collection and processing of soil samples as well as the measurement of agronomic data and observations across regional NSW. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in other R&D areas of Loam such as our soil analysis and microbiology laboratories.
- Agronomic data and sample collection for field and greenhouse trials
- Assisting with intensive soil sampling campaigns on-farm at various times of the year
- Helping to establish greenhouse trials, including potting, irrigation, sowing and management
- Entry and management of field and greenhouse data into database systems
- Maintenance of field sampling equipment
- Recently completed a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in agricultural science, agronomy, soil science or closely-related field (in the past 3 years)
- Understanding of Australian broadacre cropping systems
- Exposure to agronomic R&D programs, concepts and trials
- Physically fit and willing to work outdoors and in remote regions for extended periods
- Understanding of OH&S and safe handling of chemical and biological materials
- Highly organised and structured in your approach to work
- Based in Orange NSW, with a willingness to travel locally
- Current Australian driver’s licence
- Fast-growing start-up with many opportunities for capacity building and career development
- Work alongside leading scientists and innovators in an international organisation
- Enjoy an inclusive and supportive culture
- Competitive salary based on experience