Nutrient Management / Waste Management Specialist

Nutrient Management / Waste Management Specialist

Nutrient management/waste management specialists develop appropriate methods for removing and managing animal and food waste from or in the environment. They monitor processes that remove or destroy harmful materials, chemicals and microorganisms from water or land. Additionally, these specialists analyze the fertilizer value of applied manure.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Maintain environmental settings and regulatory compliance
  • Conduct clean up following natural disasters
  • Have knowledge of hazardous materials
  • Operate heavy machinery
  • Monitor processes that remove or destroy harmful materials
  • Research environmentally friendly cleaning processes
  • Read meters and gauges to make sure that plant/lab equipment is working properly
  • Analyze fertilizer value of applied manure
  • Explain site specific issues with nutrient management plans
  • Manage multiple clients’ soil test and fertility needs
  • Scout fields for custom chemical applications and make recommendations
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, mathematics and a focus on science, earth science, biology, botany, chemistry and biology.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering or agronomy is required.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
These specialists are often employed by food animal production, crop and chemical companies and the government.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Society of America 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$49,177
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