Job Opening
Livestock Waste Management Specialist
NDSU Extension Service

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Postmarked by August 23, 2002 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 waste management technical assistance and education to producers throughout the state. The livestock waste management specialist is administratively responsible to the Director of the Dickinson Research Extension Center and includes a 25 percent appointment with the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at North Dakota State University. 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 livestock facilities, waste handling and utilization. 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. This program will be accomplished through cooperation 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.

  • 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. Prepare to-scale sketches of facility options and provide other materials for use by producers. These facilities may then be documented and utilized in educational 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 biosystems engineering department faculty in 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. When appropriate, provide leadership for the development of demonstrations as an educational tool.



1. Bachelor's degree in Agricultural/Biological or Civil Engineering, Agricultural Waste or Water Systems Management or closely related discipline.

2. Ability to demonstrate professional and technical competency in livestock waste systems design, practical design and management including actual conception, design and layout of a system.

3. Ability to demonstrate competency in utilizing the guidelines for system design, including the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide, NRCS Engineering Field Handbook, NRCS National Engineering Manual, North Dakota Department of Health Standards, plus other manuals and handbooks.

4. Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills.

5. Demonstrated effectiveness in working with varied audiences, individuals and groups, and as a team member.

6. Demonstrated knowledge in computer software, including ArcView and other GPS related software, plus other electronic equipment usage.

7. Valid driver's license.


1. A registered/licensed Professional Engineer

2. Course work and experience with waste and/or water management

3. A MS in Agricultural/Biological or Civil Engineering, Agricultural Waste or Water Systems Management or closely related discipline.

4. Experience with Midwest or Great Plains agriculture.

5. Work experience in an extension, university, agricultural related or engineering related field.

6. Experience or training in pollution control to retain or improve water quality.

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


For full consideration, individuals interested in applying should submit the following materials to the
address below by August 23, 2002:

1. NDSU Extension Service application form (available from the Assistant 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
Telephone: 701-483-2077

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.


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