Agricultural Communications

College of ACES & College of Media

Job Postings

On this page, students and alumni may find recent job postings for available positions. Newest postings are listed first.

Employer: U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group)

Position: Multiple positions available. Find more information here.

Employer: FleishmanHillard

Position:Account Executive on Food & Ag team in Kansas City

Contact Kayla Gentz via LinkedIn for more information

Employer: Impact

Position: If you are interested in joining a team of passionate people to make an impact on issues like global warming, clean water, big money’s influence over our democracy and other issues that matter to our future, consider a job with Impact.

Impact was created by leading advocacy organizations like Environment America, U.S. PIRG and the PIRG Campus Action project. We build the grassroots action and power it takes to make an impact on important issues. It’s a full-time, two-year commitment to advocate for our environment, our democracy and our future.

Impact is now accepting applications to join our team in August 2017! Our application deadline is March 18th. We also have immediate positions available.

Appy here.

Employer: Rhea + Kaiser 

Position: Principal Writer + Editor

Facts, figures and people in the hands of a skilled public relations writer and editor become strong stories.  You are a writer who can understand the relationship between technical information and personal experience, and create compelling stories that deliver on the brand.  You have extensive experience editing your own work, and the work of others to deliver a consistent voice and style.  Whether writing a long article, or guiding a designer on an infographic, your abilities stay focused on the brand’s story.
If you desire to combine your deep experience in public relations with the opportunities and energy of an integrated agency team, let’s talk.

*In the message box, attaching writing samples would be great!

Employer: Illinois Country Living

Position: Assistant Editor 

Location: Springfield, IL

Illinois Country Living magazine is published monthly by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC). The magazine covers rural issues, and provides commentaries from Illinois leaders, columns on safety, health, energy conservation, gardening, a calendar of events, and of course, the ever popular recipes from Illinois’ best country cooks.
The magazine’s job is to help electric cooperatives communicate with their members, the consumers who own the local electric utility. We’ve been doing this for more than 74 years. Magazines like Illinois Country Living do a good job of communicating because they tend to stay in the home longer than bill stuffers or newsletters, thus increasing readership.

General Statement of Duties:
Provide editorial assistance to the editor of Illinois Country Living (ICL) magazine advise and assist the editor to carry out the editorial functions of the department in dissemination of information concerning electric cooperative policies, viewpoints and objectives and present them in an objective, factual, informative and entertaining manner.

Responsibilities and Authority:
1. Work with Member-Cooperatives in compiling, preparing and editing information for individual cooperative supplements in the magazine, primarily center sections and page 9s for ICL magazine.
2. Provide Member-Cooperatives with monthly updates regarding upcoming issues of Illinois Country Living and suggest material to supplement their center sections and page 9s.
3. Work as a team with the editor and designers in making recommendations for utilization and development of layout and design of copy and photographs, using sound judgment and good taste, in preparing copy for publication.
4. Edit and proofread all copy and magazine proofs, keeping publication calendar on schedule.
5. Work closely with Member-Cooperative personnel and members to develop local news articles, stories and photographs for publication in the magazine or in their respective publications.
6. Assist in preparing news releases, photographs and other information for release to local media and the general public for the Association and its Member-Cooperatives.
7. Conduct relationships with the media, other professional organizations and the general public as assigned to fulfill editorial and public relations responsibilities, acting at all times as a public relations/journalism representative of the AIEC.
8. Write original material for ICL, including scheduled cover features and secondary features approved by the Vice President of Communications/Editor.
9. Create social media content and assist in posting across various platforms.
10. In conjunction with the Public Relations/Business Development Manager, serve as the liaison between the local college and handle the primary supervision of the ICL interns, mentoring them and providing assignments.
11. Participate on committees within the association to improve internal operations and provide support for annual meetings and campaigns.
12. Maintain records of subscriber’s names in magazine’s mailing list.
13. Work with the VP of Communications/Editor of ICL to develop editorial budget and retain quality correspondents to help fulfill content requirements.
14. Handle following records: monthly bindery and press order forms, annual postal filing, monthly filing of magazines and end of the year binding.

INTERNAL – Frequent interaction with other ICL/information staff, Energized Graphics and occasional interaction with all departments.
EXTERNAL – Frequent contact with Member-Cooperative personnel and members, advertisers, and suppliers.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:
1. Knowledge, skills and abilities: Ability to communicate through writing and speaking, thorough understanding of journalism skills and standards, computer literacy and knowledge of electronic publication production techniques and software, understanding of audiovisual production, knowledge of electric cooperative structure, knowledge of electric utility terms, and ability to work with others in working, consulting or advisory capacities. Proficient knowledge of AP style. Preference given for knowledge and use of InDesign graphics software.
2. Experience: Progressive responsibility in an electric utility editorial, power use or customer/member services position. Preference given for experience in the rural electrification program.
3. Physical efforts: Duties are normally performed seated at a desk but often involve frequent travel by auto and other modes, working extended hours attending member meetings and gathering material for publication.
4. Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field and proficiency with Microsoft Office and other relevant software.

The Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives is the statewide association that serves 24 rural electric distribution cooperatives, five generation and transmission cooperatives and six telephone cooperatives across the state. It helps provide leadership, expertise and training in the areas of legal and government relations, engineering, safety, member services and communication. Illinois Country Living magazine is produced monthly by the communications department for rural members and is mailed to 190,000 households.

For more information on Illinois country Living, see us online at: (
Interested parties should contact Valerie Cheatham, PH: 217-529-5561

Employer: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position: Science Writer and Outreach Associate 

More information and how to apply can be found here. Position closes February 10, 2017.

Employer: Illinois FFA Center

Position: Communications Specialist

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Employer: The Kraft Heinz Company

Position: Corporate Management Trainee Program
Position Type: Entry Level Employment
I-Link ID: 147614

Employer: MFA Incorporated 

Position: Editor, Today's Farmer

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Employer: WHO-AM radio station

Position: Farm News Reporter
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Employer: Agri-Pulse

Position: Agri-Pulse Associate Editor 
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Employer: RFD Radio Network

Position: Advertising Sales Manager
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Employer: Mid America Ag Network 

Position: Account Manager
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Employer: The American Sheep Industry Association

Position: Senior Policy and Information Director
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Employer: KZEN‐FM

Position: Farm Director
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Employer: Ag Information Network of the West

Position: News Reporter
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Employer: Cargill (Posted 9/21/16)

Position: Communications Associate 2017
Position Type: Entry Level Employment
I-Link ID: 141189

Employer: Harding Loevner (Posted 9/21/16)

Position: Marketing Associate, Product Information
Position Type: Entry Level Employment
I-Link ID: 141647


Employer: Training Resources Group (Posted 6/29/16)

Training Resources Group (TRG), Arlington, Virginia, has a job opening for a person with an agriculture and knowledge management background to work on a USAID-funded project called KDAD – Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development. The project  implements strategic knowledge management and learning activities in support of USAID’s Bureau for Food Security (BFS). BFS works on a wide range of food security and agriculture issues including agricultural productivity, research and innovation, agricultural market systems, nutrition, resilience, gender equity; and agricultural policy.

The Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development (KDAD) Project implements strategic knowledge management and learning activities in support of USAID’s Bureau for Food Security (BFS). BFS works on a wide range of food security and agriculture issues including agricultural productivity, research and innovation, agricultural market systems, nutrition, resilience, gender equity; and agricultural policy.

To support these activities, the members of the KDAD Knowledge Management Portfolio team use of traditional and digital learning approaches to develop and implement innovative, creative, and effective ways to strategically capture and share technical knowledge, leverage good practices, and improve the effectiveness of development programs around the world.

The Senior Knowledge Management Specialist (Agriculture) will be responsible for a wide variety of activities related to identifying, managing, packaging, and disseminating key information to advance technical practice and provide practitioners with the tools they need to conduct better development work. The Senior Knowledge Management Specialist (Agriculture) serves as a primary source of agriculture expertise for the project and provides technical agriculture and food security input across all KDAD portfolios including Communications, Training and Assessment and Learning. The incumbent of this position will conduct research, produce resources and guidance, and “translate” agriculture and food security information for both KM and Training activities

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Employer: Nebraska Rural Radio Association (Posted 6/14/16)

Heritage news leader 880 KRVN, KRVN-FM, & KAMI have an opening on our News Team. We are seeking an experienced News Reporter/Anchor. Our ideal candidate is passionate about enterprising and delivering local and regional news. This individual must be skilled in contemporary news writing. Digital and social media skills are required. Experience with video and sports play-by-play are a plus.

The Nebraska Rural Radio Association offers a competitive salary, health insurance, and defined-benefits retirement plan. The Nebraska Rural Radio Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Email your cover letter, resume, writing samples, and air-check to


Employer: University of Illinois (Posted 6/1/16; Apply by 7/15/16)

Outreach Specialist, Pesticide Safety Education
Background: The Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) is a 100% self-supporting program. Both federal (U.S. EPA) and state (IL. Dept. of Agriculture) regulations mandate that educational opportunities be provided for the certification of commercial and private applicators and operators. For more than 35 years, the University of Illinois has provided this training through the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP). Currently the program team consists of five full-time academic professional trainers (Extension Specialists, Pesticide Safety Education), one full-time program coordinator, and one full-time program coordinator assistant. Each year, the PSEP team coordinates and conducts all the commercial and private pesticide clinics throughout the state.
Description: The primary function of the position is to work as part of an interdisciplinary team to prepare educational materials and conduct training clinics to support the pesticide safety training programs for state licensing requirements.

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