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Wildlife & Rangeland Specialist

North Dakota State University
Hettinger, ND
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Description & Details:

The NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center research specialist will support and conduct ecological research and management in agro-ecosystems in the area of rangeland science and wildlife management (birds, pollinators, etc.). The successful candidate will work closely with scientists and graduate students to conduct research and oversee field operations concerning multiple projects. In this role, they should be able to work well with others, but also work independently with limited supervision. The candidate should have excellent organizational skills, be able to work under harsh and variable climatic conditions, possess problem-solving skills, and be enthusiastic about natural resource conservation and management. General responsibilities vary from day to day and may include data collection, entry, and analyses, prescribed fire, apiary tasks, grassland restoration food plot establishment, native plant nursery establishment and maintenance, livestock handling, maintenance of research equipment and sites, oversee Unmanned Aerial Vehicle operations, conduct radio telemetry and assist with tasks associated with creating publications for refereed journals. Other duties as assigned and miscellaneous requests. In this position the successful candidate will have the opportunity for broad experiences related to many facets of ecological research and land management. There is an opportunity for the completion of an advanced degree associated with this position.

The Hettinger Research Extension Center (HREC) is one of seven out-state NDSU research extension centers. The HREC is located in Hettinger, ND. Hettinger is a city of approximately 1,200 in southwest ND. The HREC conducts research in the field of animal science (cattle and sheep), wildlife and range science, agronomy, and weed science. Hettinger is home to West River Health Services - a leader in rural health care in the US, community facilities, and internationally recognized hunting and recreational opportunities. The area is noted for small grain and livestock production. More information about the area is available at

Work Schedule:

Full-time. Monday-Fridays with some weekends required. Some tasks will require early-mornings and long nights.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in ecology, botany, range management, natural resource management or similar field
  • Proficient computer skills in the use of R, or similar analytical program, Arc GIS, word processing, and Excel, Program MARK and Distance
  • Effective communication skills to include written and verbal
  • Ability to lead and supervise a team of range and wildlife technicians in remote locations.
  • Valid Driver's License

Preferred Qualifications:
  • M.S. degree in ecology, botany, range management, natural resource management or similar field
  • Experience with range and wildlife research equipment and protocols
  • Experience with pollinators including domestic honey bee
  • Experience in the operation of farm equipment
  • Experience with prescribed fire
  • Experience in native seed propagation

Applicant Materials Required:

Please include a cover letter, CV, and list of three professional references. For questions about the position please contact Ben Geaumont at 701-567-4323 or


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.

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 .


NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities.

North Dakota State University is an employer of choice with a commitment to offer a well-rounded benefits package for employees and their families.

NDSU is listed at 95 among 404 public universities based on the university’s research expenditures reported to the National Science Foundation. In addition, NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation’s top 100 in several areas, including: agricultural sciences; business management and business; communications; materials science; natural resources and conservation science; social sciences; sociology, demography, and population studies; and visual and performing arts.

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