Sentinel Fertigation Agronomic Innovation Coordinator Lincoln, NE · Full time

Sentinel Fertigation is a dynamic and innovative company committed to empowering precision nutrient management through digital solutions (N-Time®) that provide agronomic insights, enhance operational efficiency, and improve profitability in sustainable crop production systems. As Agronomic Innovation Coordinator at Sentinel, you will be responsible for managing trials that quantify N-Time performance; leading field efforts that inform new algorithms, models, and products; and establishing Sentinel as the digital nutrient management leader. Immediate innovation projects to be pursued include adaptation of N-Time algorithms to different crops and production parameters, creation of multi-nutrient recommendation frameworks, and development of enhanced-predictivity recommendation approaches. Creativity, innovation, organization, communication, and attention to detail will be essential to this position. If you are ready to take on the challenge and opportunity of propelling innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture, join the Sentinel team today.



-        Develop and manage Sentinel’s trial program in alignment with the product roadmap throughout the entire product lifecycle from discovery to validation.

-        Plan trials through well developed protocols that define participant expectations, trial execution, equipment usage, and budget.

-        Recruit grower, agronomist, and public and private sector collaborators for on-farm and plot-scale research efforts.

-        Coordinate daily operations for on-farm and plot-scale trials including stakeholder management, labor delegation, field operations, software insights monitoring, prescription distribution, support (remotely and in-person if necessary), and budget adherence.

-        Identify, install, and support trial equipment including but not limited to variable rate fertigation pumps, irrigation systems, and mobile machinery rate controllers and monitors.

-        Collect, document, store, analyze, and report trial data in accordance with scientific best practices and Sentinel standards.

-        Support development of novel agronomic approaches based on trial and commercial data.

-        Communicate trial results and innovations through marketing materials, white-papers, journal articles, grower meetings, dealer conferences, and professional conferences.

Required Qualifications

-       3+ years of experience in agricultural research, including trial protocol development, data collection, and trial coordination.

-       Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, agricultural engineering, agricultural systems technology, precision agriculture, or other related technical discipline.

-       Strong verbal communication, written communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills as evidenced through a portfolio, provided references, and the interview process.

-       Proficiency with at least one geospatial analysis engine (e.g. ArcMap, QGIS).

-       Proficiency in statistics and data analysis principles, concepts, and techniques.

-       Experience with irrigation, fertigation, and nutrient management.

-       Experience with precision agriculture hardware, software, and data.

-       Experience working directly with farmers, agronomists, and agribusinesses.

Preferred Qualifications

-       5+ years of experience in agricultural research, including on-farm trial management, trial protocol development, data collection, and trial coordination

-       M.S. or Ph.D. in agronomy, agricultural engineering, agricultural systems technology, precision agriculture, or other related technical discipline.

-       Experience or knowledge of agricultural production across multiple geographies and crops.

-       Proficiency with at least one scientific computing language (e.g. Python, R)

-       Familiarity with database interaction and management, including through SQL queries.

-       Familiarity with project management concepts and software tools.

-       Strong record of successful innovation demonstrated by thesis or dissertation work, publications, patents, or product releases.

Compensation, Benefits, and Schedule

-       Compensation: Salary Commensurate with Experience & Ability; Equity Options

-       Start Date: Spring 2024

-       Location: Lincoln, NE

-       Benefits: Family health, dental, and vision insurance is provided in full; Individual group term life and short- and long-term disability insurance is provided in full; Financial and time support of professional development efforts.

About Sentinel Fertigation

Founded in 2021, Sentinel Fertigation is based in Lincoln, NE, and builds digital solutions that empower precision chemigation management, including N-Time® which turns satellite images of crops into nitrogen application recommendations that increase nitrogen fertilizer use efficiency to improve farm profitability and minimize environmental impact. Sentinel received the Nebraska Governor's award for Excellence in Agricultural Entrepreneurship and closed its Series Seed fundraise of $2.5 million in August of 2023. Sentinel is now scaling up to serve more customers and acres nationally with enhanced products and features.






Sentinel Fertigation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics.

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