Biodiversity Specialist



Royal Agrifirm Group
Agrifirm’s vision is to work every day on a responsible food chain for future generations. We want to ensure that we can continue to offer affordable, healthy and sustainable food to everyone. Agrifirm therefore supplies high-quality products such as animal feed, products for the cultivation of crops and professional advice.
Agrifirm was founded in the Netherlands about 120 years ago and is now a leading agricultural cooperative with an international network of subsidiaries located in 16 countries in Europe, South America and Asia and a worldwide distribution network. The head office is located in Apeldoorn and with more than 3,000 committed employees, Agrifirm works every day on a healthy future for farmers and society.


Are you interested in agriculture and science and do you want to contribute to the development of sustainable farming systems? Are you innovative, a team player, enthusiastic and knows how to network, as well? Then Agrifirm is looking for you!

Agrifirm is looking for a full-time Biodiversity Specialist. Within RAG/Arable you will be the expert on biodiversity. You contribute to the development and implementation of new farming concepts where biodiversity knowledge and use is key in reducing side effects on the environment thereby maintaining production and quality of crops.
You will be working in a multi-disciplinary team in a network organization with limited hierarchy and room for development.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Responsible for defining and setup of (joint) research and implementation projects, according to RAG/arable strategy
  • Acts as project leader through management of the project or intern and external delegation of projects
  • Active networking and connecting RAG/Arable with external institutions for knowledge gathering and development of future oriented added value concepts
  • Tuning Biodiversity characteristics with soil and crop characteristics plays an important role in the RAG/Arable strategy for the development of more sustainable systems and to promote the use of “biologicals”


  • In possession of a PhD (or MSc with >4 years relevant experience in agriculture)
  • Business oriented and if possible, experience in a commercial environment
  • You have broad knowledge of biodiversity, including DNA technology/ techniques, data mining and modelling
  • You do not mind travelling
  • You speak English fluently
  • You have an international network including research stations and business companies
  • You are now working as a scientist or Product Developer


  • You have strong communication skills and like to network
  • You are a team player, are enthusiastic and know how to take ownership
  • Project management is something you are good at
  • You are market oriented and know how to make and create impact


Full-time (40-hours). Contract with Agrifirm.
A challenging full-time job within an enthusiastic and committed team where cooperation and results come first

As a colleague at Agrifirm you will receive the following:

  • An extensive introduction program
  • A good salary
  • Approx. 36 free days (23 holidays & 13 ATV based on a full-time job)
  • Laptop and iPhone
  • Good secondary employment conditions
  • Extensive development opportunities through the Agrifirm Academy

Agrifirm has exclusively outsourced the recruitment process to Nutri-akt

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