NDSU Dickinson Research Ext - Ag Research Technician

North Dakota State University   Dickinson, ND   Full-time     Research
Posted on July 3, 2024
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NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center is seeking to fill a full time benefited position as soon as possible to work at the Center's ranch location near Manning, ND.

Position responsibilities:

Care and handling of livestock which includes cattle and horses. Tasks associated with this responsibility includes but is not limited to the following:

Establish routines and perform duties related to the care and safety of livestock on pasture or in pens.

Prepare and distribute feed rations and mixes which would include feed grinding and hay chopping.

Daily inspection of livestock to insure there is an adequate water supply and to observe the health and well-being of all livestock.

Maintain livestock records.

Assist with appropriate veterinary procedures.

Provide routine cattle checks during calving season which includes weighing and tagging newborn calves and maintaining calving records.

Assist with cattle handling to obtain required research data.

Perform any other related duties as assigned.

General crop, farm and ranch work. Tasks associated with this responsibility includes but is not limited to the following:

Must be able to operate various types of tractors and other agricultural equipment.

Conduct various agronomic practices such as tillage, seeding, spraying, harvesting both feed and grain crops, mowing, raking, and baling hay crops.

Weed control of grounds, hauling and stacking hay, hauling and storage of crops and the collection of hay, crop and soil samples.

Transportation of livestock to and from various locations.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

General maintenance and repairs of ranch facilities, grounds and equipment. Tasks associated with this responsibility includes but is not limited to the following:

Maintain and repair agricultural facilities, equipment, livestock shelters, feed and water troughs, barns, storage areas, fences, pens, corrals or any other livestock areas.

Ability to use hand, power tools and welders to perform needed repairs or maintenance on equipment and facilities.

Ability to assist with preparation of facilities for special events such as tours and Field Days.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Work safely

Maintain an organized and clean work environment with high work standards.

Use proper safety guidelines for all equipment operations.

Report any safety issues or concerns to ranch manager.

Use personal protective gear.

Filing of incident reports in the event of an incident or injury.

Partake in required trainings in a timely manner


Possess a valid driver's license

Experience with farm/ranch operations

Knowledge and experience with care and handling of livestock

Proficiency in maintenance and operation of various farm/agricultural machinery

Experience in towing large livestock equipment

Ability to work both as a team member and independently when necessary

Conduct work in inclement weather

Ability to use a computer

Work schedule:

40 hours per week with normal working hours from 7:30am to 4:30pm.

Overtime possible

Weekend work rotation required for ranch chores


Commensurate depending on experience

Full time employee with benefits


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. 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.

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 ndsu.hr@ndsu.edu .