CREC Livestock Research Technician

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

This position is a 100% research technician position at an agricultural research center (Carrington, ND) livestock program. Participation in research trials involving beef cattle, including data and sample collection, diet formulation, feeding management, and animal husbandry is expected. Training and assisting graduate and undergraduate students, supervising hourly labor, and collaborating with other research faculty and technicians to conduct program related research is expected. This position also carries responsibilities for physically feeding and caring for livestock during both routine animal husbandry practices and research activities and operation and maintenance of equipment and facilities improvements.

Position requires diverse skills with major responsibilities to include animal care and handling including weighing and vaccinations, preparation of feed rations, feed delivery, assisting cows with birthing, collecting research data, operating all equipment and addressing facility needs such as maintaining water supply, pen structures, tree rows, and facility repairs.

The Carrington Research Extension Center is one of seven out-state NDSU Research Extension Centers. The CREC is located near Carrington, a community centrally located about two hours from each of the four largest cities in North Dakota. Carrington is a thriving community of approximately 2,500 people in a widely diversified agricultural production region of east central North Dakota. Carrington is a vibrant rural community with progressive schools (K-12), modern medical services (clinic and hospital), and recreation opportunities including hunting, fishing and birding. For further information visit

Minimum Qualifications:

• High school diploma or GED.

• Two years' hands-on experience in livestock production, management and care.

• Experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of feedlot equipment.

• Experience with administering vaccinations, related animal health inputs and procedures.

• Computer experience, including working with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.

• Ability to work extended days and select weekends along with maintaining consistent work schedule.

• Good oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

• Valid Driver's License.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Greater than three years' experience of direct participation in livestock production and management.

• Experience with assisting cows at calving and calf care.

• Experience with livestock research procedures and trial management.

• Experience with equipment operation including hay and forage harvest.

• Prior experience with carpentry, welding, grounds work, or similar skilled work.

Applicant Materials Required:

Cover letter and resume.


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:

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the state.

NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018). NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes. Fargo made's top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall.

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