Young Alum of the Month: Jay Jung

Jay Jung
Title and Company: 
District Conservationist at United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service
Colwell, IA
Major and Graduation Date: 
Ag Education, May 2003
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

My job responsibilities include working with farmers and landowners to develop long term conservation plans and sustainable land use options for their land. I am in charge of seven employees and manage the conservation programs in Marion County, IA. Our USDA-Service Center is responsible for survey, design, and layout of conservation practices such as terraces, basins, ponds, and waterways. We also design rotational grazing systems and offer recommendations on native prairie seedings and tree plantings. My staff and I also help landowners and producers take advantage of federal, state and county program dollars to help implement certain conservation practices to improve our nation's infrastructure on private lands and to keep our soils and food systems stable for future generations.

What you like most about your job/position: 

My job is unique because I get to help make people's conservation goals become reality on their land every day. I have gotten to see some of the most beautiful places this state has to offer and places that most other people will never see. My job can be challenging yet very rewarding when you see a project that you helped plan come to life.

What advice would you give to current students: 

My advice for current students would be two things: First, become involved with campus organizations and meet people. When you get out into the job market and world, it really is all about, "who you know" and if you don't have your face in front of people you will struggle to land that new job or promotion you want. Second, keep your word when you give it to someone. There are a lot of people in the world today that say they will do something and then never follow through or live up to their end of the deal. You will earn a huge amount of trust and respect with people when they know that they can trust you to live up to your end of the bargain.

Favorite ISU Class:

My favorite ISU Class was Agronomy 260, Soils and Environmental Quality with Dr. Lee Burras.