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Soil Carbon Field Specialist Yard Stick PBC +1 more

  • Date Posted August 05, 2022
  • Location Anywhere
  • Category Agriculture
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description
Yard Stick is a remote-first, seed-stage company, with founders based in Boston and Oakland. We are on a mission to reverse climate change with agriculture. Scientists and farmers alike know that climate-friendly agricultural practices have the potential to remove atmospheric CO2 at gigaton/year scale. When these practices are adopted, more carbon is stored in soils, improving soil health and fighting climate change. But significant measurement challenges have held soil carbon efforts back - until now.
By reducing the cost of soil carbon measurement by 90%+, Yard Stick will dramatically expand the opportunities for evidence-based regenerative practices to simultaneously improve ecosystem health, increase farmer income, and combat climate change. 
Current soil carbon measurement technologies are slow, expensive, and cumbersome, relying on conventional soil cores and labs to quantify carbon stocks. In contrast, Yard Stick is fast and cheap - without sacrificing accuracy. As a testament to our technology’s potential, alongside our scientific collaborators, we were awarded a $3.6M grant from the DOE ARPA-E Smartfarm  as well as other highly competitive grant programs which reward technical merit like NSF SBIR. For more background, check out some coverage in TechCrunch or Treehugger.
We've also raised money from top climate VCs, including Breakthrough Energy Ventures (Bill Gates' climate fund), Lowercarbon Capital (Chris and Crystal Sacca's climate fund), MCJ Collective, and others. Details of the financing aren’t announced in a press release or article, because that can feel a bit cart before the horse, but we're happy to share more detail about our funding when we chat.
We offer competitive salary and equity, health/dental/vision insurance, a 401k, and home-office reimbursements. In terms of flexible schedules, we have founders and other team members with young families and have a strong track record of creative, flexible approaches to hours and communication expectations which let folks feel great about their commitments both to Yard Stick and their family.
Job description
This Soil Carbon Field Manager role is critical to the success and rollout of Yard Stick’s offerings and helps to manage our on-the-ground presence across the country. The Yard Stick team is spread across the country, but our target customers are overwhelmingly in the Midwest. We’re growing quickly, and this position will be the third full-time employee on our Field Team - an essential role with significant responsibility. 
You will be primarily responsible for testing our hardware and software in fields across the US (with a focus in the Midwest) to help us evaluate and improve our technology’s accuracy, durability, and usability. You will be leading projects geared towards calibrating our technology, as well as collecting measurements to quantify stocks on client lands. 
You’ll provide feedback on hardware and software tools alike, as Yard Stick has innovative offerings in both domains. Obviously, when stuff breaks, you’ll document why and help us brainstorm ways to improve. 
In the future, as our technology evolves, you’ll use conventional soil sampling techniques less and less as Yard Stick’s optical probe improves in accuracy. 
Yard Stick’s offerings combine a large number of disparate disciplines, including highly technical hardware, a web app which manages carbon measurement and GIS data, and ML pipelines which connect the two. This person ultimately will work cross-disciplinarily along with our hardware, software, soil science, and business teams alike to maximize the pace of Yard Stick’s R&D and therefore climate impact, so the ability to communicate clearly to a wide range of people is a must.
We need someone who can manage field projects efficiently and with exceptional precision. The ideal candidate for this role is comfortable managing a team of 2-6 people through often rigorous field work – which can include rapid schedule changes, long days, and inclement weather. 
Paramount to the success of this role is the ability to communicate clearly with our in-field partners (clients, farmers, land managers, researchers, etc) and understanding how our needs and theirs intersect. This could look like staying in touch with a farmer to understand their planting schedule or the layout of their land, or reaching out to a land manager when you see something unexpected on site (an inaccessible area of the farm, for instance). 
Currently, Yard Stick is focused on proof of concept of our in situ spectral probe. Generating high-quality, publishable data requires excellent field operations. In parallel, we’re also creating our commercial offerings. This role will be crucial in carrying out both workstreams.
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