CREC Livestock Research Specialist

North Dakota State University   Carrington, ND   Full-time     Research
Posted on July 3, 2024
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Description & Details:

The successful candidate will become part of a team of scientists and support staff working in beef cattle research and education involving nutrition and management of beef cows and calves and feedlot growing and finishing. The individual selected will be expected to:
  • Participate in planning, conducting, summarizing and presenting practical and progressive research projects focusing on ruminant nutrition, livestock management, environmental issues, health, carcass quality, and economics of livestock production in North Dakota.
  • Participate in husbandry activities such as feeding feedlot cattle and beef cows, calving beef cows, and health care along with logistics planning for feed and other supplies.
  • Help plan and conduct maintenance and renovation of facilities and equipment.
  • Work cooperatively with other NDSU employees in support of Research Center activities.
  • Maintain open and positive communications with faculty, producers, and industry people.
Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., occasional weekend feeding, some night shifts during calving

Advertised Salary:

$40,000 to $57,000 depending on qualifications and experience

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Completed Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, Natural Resources or related fields.
  • The ability to safely and efficiently operate and maintain farm and livestock equipment, facilities, and buildings.
  • Previous hands-on experience in care, management, and working of cattle.
  • Physical capability to work in adverse environments, lift, climb, walk and accomplish other tasks related to care and management of livestock throughout the year.
  • Familiarity with Northern Great Plains agriculture.
  • Evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills including public speaking experience and producer contact.
  • Ability to organize data, records, reference material, supplies, feed inventory, and other items.
  • A valid US driver's license or qualifications to procure one.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master of Science Degree in Animal Science, Natural Resources, or related fields.
  • 3-years experience working with a livestock operation.
  • Past experience managing feed rations.
  • Familiarity with GIS or other precision agriculture technology.
  • Working knowledge of experimental design and research techniques for experiments with livestock.
  • Experience in statistical analysis of livestock research.
  • Leadership ability exhibited in communication, direction, and motivation of personnel.
  • Evidence of independent successful grantsmanship.
  • Proof of collegiality with colleagues, producers, and industry representatives.
Applicant Materials Required:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume and/or curriculum vitae
  • Online application form
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of 3 professional references

NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us:

The Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) is one of seven NDSU Research Extension Centers and is located approximately 140 miles from the North Dakota State University campus at Fargo. The CREC has six research scientists and four extension specialist positions in the areas of agronomy, livestock environmental management and animal science. Professional and technical staff supports the CREC and NDSU based programs. The general responsibilities of the CREC include research and extension projects that address dryland and irrigated crop production, plant pathology, the soil resource, cropping/tillage systems, crop pest management, beef nutrition and beef production systems, crop and livestock integration, and foundation seedstocks production. The CREC is located in the drift prairie region of North Dakota and conducts research and educational programs for a significant part of North Dakota.

This position is located at the Carrington Research Extension Center near Carrington, North Dakota. Carrington is a thriving rural community of approximately 2,500 people in a widely diversified agricultural production region of east central North Dakota. Carrington has progressive schools (K-12), modern medical services (clinic and hospital), and many recreation opportunities.

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.

NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.

NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

No Smoking Notice :

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Diversity Statement:

NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or .