We Are Hiring! NC Alternative Crops & Organics Program

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2/26/2024 – Our program has FOUR positions we are currently trying to fill. If you have always thought that working for the NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program with NC State University would be fun, now is your opportunity to apply! These positions are all based out of Mills River, NC which is south of Asheville and 250 miles west of main campus.

Our projects in the coming years are focused on forest farming of medicinal herbs (ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, bloodroot, etc.), breeding hops for the Southeast, commercial production of traditional Chinese medicinal herbs, trialing new organic tomato varieties, growing fiber hemp for making new products to replace plastics such as agricultural mulch, and doing lots of agroforestry training for natural resource professionals. All the positions will be working outdoors in the fields and forests. The two year round positions will also organize workshops and trainings, teach, analyze data, write extension and research papers, and give professional presentations.

Here are the links to the position descriptions and applications:

There are two temporary research specialist positions that run from April through November, with the possibility of being rehired in 2025: Temporary Research Specialist – Mills River, NC

There is one full-time, year round Extension Assistant position: Extension Assistant – Horticultural Science

There is one full-time, year round Research Associate position. This one will lead the truffle project and requires extensive experience with truffles and a Master’s degree: Research Associate – Horticultural Science

We are excited to see all the applications coming in!

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