Range Research Technician
Posted Mar 25
The person(s) selected will assist with numerous projects including range, wildlife, and cover crop studies; however, each position will be assigned to a specific project and supervisor. Duties will focus on vegetation and soils data collection which includes but is not limited to, species composition, herbage production, soil health characteristics, livestock performance, and small mammal trapping. Additional responsibilities will include data entry and sample preparation in the laboratory. The position is a 40+ hours/week with the opportunity to work overtime. Some night and weekend work may be required.
About Central Grasslands Research Extension Center:
Central Grasslands Research Extension Center is located in south central North Dakota in the Missouri Coteau. The Center has 10 full-time research scientists and staff studying areas including range science, forage agronomy and animal science. The station was created to address the following research priorities areas: 1) range ecology and grazing management; 2) forage systems; 3) livestock nutrition; and 4) reproductive efficiency. To accomplish these objectives, the Center manages approximately 1300 beef animals yearly, including 400 to 425 breeding females. The land base for these operations includes 5335 acres, of which the majority is native and improved pasture.
The location of the Research Extension Center offers outstanding opportunities to enjoy a rural lifestyle in a supportive community environment. Outdoor recreational activities in this area include outstanding waterfowl and upland game hunting for sportsman, easy access to lakes for fishing, white-tailed deer hunting, and an excellent environment for bird watching, hiking, biking, and other activities.
This includes, but is not limited to the following responsibilities:
• A working knowledge of plant identification, with preference to those familiar with plant
communities of the Northern Great Plains
• Capable of working outside and collecting field data with limited supervision
• The ability to work through a variety of environmental conditions
• Detail oriented; tolerance of repetitive work
• Willing to trap small mammals and conduct mammal surveys (depending on position)
• Experience with data management software, such as Microsoft Excel
• Basic understanding of range ecology and range research to include disturbance ecology
associated with livestock grazing and prescribed fire is preferred
• An understanding that field work will include exposure to livestock
• Mature, responsible; the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
• Valid driver’s license
Salary: $12-15/hr, depending on experience
Benefits: Free housing and travel to and from the field
Interested applicants should submit a resume and unofficial transcripts to Erin Gaugler via email.