Livestock Nutrient Mgt Specialist


Area Extension Specialist
Livestock Nutrient Management Specialist
NDSU Extension Service

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Postmarked by September 30, 2005 for full consideration, or until a suitable candidate is found.

POSITION LOCATION: Headquarters for this position is the Dickinson Research Extension Center, Dickinson, North Dakota. This position will have state wide programming responsibilities, with primary efforts in the western half of North Dakota.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: This full-time extension position will provide livestock nutrient management technical assistance and education to producers throughout the state. The livestock nutrient management area specialist is administratively responsible to the Director of the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The position is currently funded through an EPA 319 Water Quality grant administered through the North Dakota Department of Health. The grant is funded until spring of 2007. Continuation of the position is dependent on the success of the program and availability of future funding.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: This position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for the development, delivery and assessment of an educational program for agricultural producers on nutrient management, livestock management, facilities and waste handling. The educational program will facilitate the proper handling, storage, management and utilization of livestock waste and the use of appropriate technologies to protect water quality and the environment in North Dakota conditions.
  • Develop educational materials and programming that focus on the utilization of livestock waste, giving credit for the fertilizer value of the manure in crop production. This program component will include the effects of waste handling and storage management on the fertilizer value.
  • Provide individual assistance for livestock producers regarding options to reduce/control surface water contamination from livestock waste and better utilize livestock waste in crop fertility management programs.
  • Provide livestock waste management and utilization educational and information support for new and existing 319 water quality funded projects that have livestock waste components.
  • Interact with agricultural and natural resource faculty in agricultural systems, water quality and related programming areas. Communicate with other extension specialists and appropriate main station and research center researchers about issues which appear to need new or additional research and/or educational efforts.
  • Provide leadership for the Dickinson Research Extension Center beef nutrient management demonstration efforts as an educational tool. Development and implementation of a feed, livestock and nutrient management system, working closely with the various research departments and industry representatives, will facilitate hands on educational programs.



  1. Masters degree in Animal Science, Agricultural Systems Management, Plant Science or closely related discipline with experience in environmental issues faced by livestock producers.
  2. Ability to demonstrate professional and technical competency in livestock nutrient management systems.
  3. Ability to demonstrate competency and understanding the guidelines for agricultural systems, including the North Dakota Department of Health Standards.
  4. Demonstrated effective oral, written and electronic communication skills.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with extension and research teams.
  6. Valid driver’s license.


  1. Course work and experience with waste and/or water management.
  2. Experience with Midwest or Great Plains agriculture.
  3. Work experience in an extension, university, or agricultural related field.
  4. Experience or training in pollution control to retain or improve water quality.
  5. Demonstrated effectiveness in interacting with the diverse clientele groups involved in animal nutrient management programs, including cooperative efforts with extension agents, area and state specialists as well as cooperation with other agencies and organizations such as the N.D. Department of Health, Natural Resource Conservation Service, local RC&D councils, local soil conservation districts and livestock organizations.
  6. Demonstrated knowledge in computer software, and the ability to use electronic and Web-based education and communication methods.

    SALARY AND FRINGE BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with academic training and experience. Benefits include group health, disability and life insurance; TIAA-CREF retirement plan; Worker’s Compensation; annual and sick leave according to University policy; and Federal Civil Service benefits for those currently covered under the Federal CSRS system (FERS coverage cannot be transferred to the University). Information on employment benefits is available on the NDSU World Wide Web home page

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: For full consideration, individuals interested in applying should submit the following materials to the address below by September 30, 2005:

1. NDSU Extension Service application form (available from the Director’s Office; see contact information below)
2. Letter discussing how the stated qualifications are met
3. Current resume
4. Academic transcripts (photocopy acceptable)
5. Three current reference statements (specific form and return-addressed envelopes will be provided)
6. List containing the names, complete mailing addresses and telephone numbers of three additional persons familiar with your professional training and/or experience.

Kris Ringwall, Director
Dickinson Research Extension Center
1133 State Ave.
Dickinson, ND 58601-3627
Tel. 701-483-2427

The NDSU Extension Service extends education to North Dakota residents of all ages and walks of life through its county offices, research extension centers and the main campus of North Dakota State University. Extension’s purpose is to create learning partnerships that help adults and youth enhance their lives and communities. Special emphasis is placed on strengthening agriculture and developing the potential of youth, adults and communities. Efforts are funded by county, state and federal government. Information about the county or department this position is a part of may be found at this address on the World Wide Web: North Dakota State University is an equal opportunity institution.

[ Agronomy ] [ Beef ] [ Equine ] [ Horticulture ] [ Swine ] [ Grassland ]
[ Weather Data ] [ Station Stats ] [ CHAPS ] [ DREC Staff ] [ Upcoming Events ]
[ Search ] [ City of Dickinson ] [ Annual Reports ] [ Location ]
[ Contact DREC ] [ NDSU Ag Web ] [ NDSU Home ]