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Nutrient Management / Waste Management Specialist



A Nutrient Management/Waste Management Specialist is responsible for creating adequate means for the removal and treatment of animal and food waste from the environment.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Prepare and maintain environmental settings and regulatory compliance
  • Conduct clean up following natural disasters
  • Knowledge of hazardous materials and handling of those materials for clean up
  • Operate heavy machinery
  • Monitor processes that remove or destroy harmful materials, chemicals, and microorganisms from the water or land
  • 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, and explain site specific issues from nutrient management plans
  • Manage multiple clients’ soil test and fertility needs, and scouting fields for custom chemical applications and recommendations


What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering or agronomy is required.


To pursue a career as a Nutrient Management/Waste Management Specialist:

The following high school courses are recommended:agricultural education, a focus on science, earth science, biology, botany, chemistry, and mathematics.


Typical Employers:

Employed by food animal production companies, crop/chemical companies, and government.


Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for Nutrient Management and Waste Management Specialist is projected to be good.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Society of America
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