North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension is looking for a highly motivated educator to serve as an Extension specialist (1.0 FTE, 100% Extension appointment) in forage crops production, utilization and management for North Dakota.
NDSU Extension is an organization that values people who excel, adapts quickly, exhibit passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators. The Extension specialist is a member of a statewide Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources team responsible for providing leadership to create and deliver innovative learning experiences that empower North Dakotans to improve their lives and communities.
The forage crops production Extension specialist will be responsible for providing innovative Extension programing that will serve a diverse clientele of producers, as well as industry and advisory groups. Programing will focus primarily on forage crops production and agricultural issues, specifically in the areas of forage crops production, utilization and management, by providing education to Extension agents, farmers and ranchers, agricultural lenders, agribusinesses, industry organizations, and agricultural processors. The Extension specialist will work closely with Extension agents and build collaborative relationships with stakeholders to achieve goals. This position will be based at the NDSU North Central Research Extension Center (NCREC) located near Minot, ND. The NCREC Director will provide supervision for this position.
The North Central Research Extension Center is one of seven out-state NDSU research extension centers. The center is located one mile south of Minot, a city of 45,000 in north central North Dakota. Minot is an All-American City with excellent health, educational, recreational, and community facilities and a modern international airport. The area is noted for small grain, oilseed, pulse crop, livestock, and energy production. More information about the area is available at http://www.minotchamber.org/community/.
• M.S. degree in an agricultural-related field, such as agronomy, plant sciences, range science or related discipline. • Academic training and/or experience with forage or grain crops production. • Knowledge of forage production systems in North Dakota. • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. • Demonstrated effectiveness in working with varied audiences, including individuals and groups, as a team member and as an effective leader. • Documented ability to publish Extension and/or research in refereed scientific journals or Extension-type articles/bulletins, including popular press articles. • Documented ability to compete for extramural funding in relevant fields. • Proficiency in a variety of computer programs for use in developing and delivering educational programs. • Knowledge of current and emerging issues and production practices of livestock, forage crops and soil health. • Ability to define, conduct and interpret applied research and demonstration projects. • Valid driver’s license.
• Ph.D. in an agricultural-related field, such as agronomy, plant sciences, range science or related discipline. • Research or Extension experience of forage and grain crops production, forage crops type and variety selection, grazing systems, soil health, pest and disease management related to forage crops, livestock systems, and pasture utilization. • Familiarity with Northern Plains agriculture. • Experience in forage crops related research. • Successful publication of Extension and/or research in refereed scientific journals or Extension-type articles/bulletins, including popular press articles. • Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funds for Extension and programming efforts. • Experience working with the Cooperative Extension Service. • Demonstrated skills in web-based education, social media platforms and other modes of communication. • ND Commercial Pesticide Applicator license or ability to obtain • Certified Crop Advisor or ability to obtain
North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the entire state. NDSU has been listed in the Top 100 public research universities in the United States for research and development in agricultural sciences, psychology and social sciences, based on reported research expenditures.
NDSU is an exciting place to work offering a stimulating and diverse environment richly populated with people pursuing life-long learning and personal growth. Employees often attend on-campus cultural events, lectures, athletic events and enjoy walks through our beautiful campus.
NDSU employs over 6000 full-time and part-time employees across the state, making it the second largest employer in the community. NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018). NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes. Fargo made Livability.com’s top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall.
NDSU offers a wide array of professional opportunities including faculty, executi...ve, managerial, professional, technical, paraprofessional, office support, servers and crafts/trades. Like a small city, NDSU operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Full time employees are offered a superb benefit package to include 100% company paid health insurance premiums and tuition assistance for employees and immediate family members. All of us at NDSU play an important role in serving our students and public constituencies. We encourage motivated and talented team members that thrive in a higher-ed environment to join our university!
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