North Dakota State University is offering two technician positions that
will contribute to research investigating soil nutrient cycling and plant
communities in grasslands under varying land management systems in
southwestern North Dakota. The positions can begin between mid-May and
early June and extend through August.
Both technicians will work on the soils and vegetation components of the
project, but one technician will be more focused on soil sample collection
and lab analysis while the other will be more focused on vegetation surveys.
Soils work will include, but is not limited to: in-field soil sampling,
litter decomposition bags, and in-lab soil nutrient analysis. Applicants
for the soils component should possess knowledge or interest in soil
sampling techniques and soil nutrient analysis; prior experience with
nutrient analysis preferred.
Vegetation work will include, but is not limited to: biomass clipping;
surface and vegetative canopy composition; visual obstruction readings; and
forage quality analysis preparation. Applicants for the vegetation
component should possess knowledge or interest in vegetation sampling
techniques and plant identification; prior experience with Northern Great
Plains grassland and forage plants identification is preferred.
These full-time, seasonal positions offer compensation beginning at
$12/hour, although applicant experience will be considered in the final
offer. Housing at the Hettinger Research Extension Center in Hettinger,
North Dakota is provided in addition to all work-related transportation at
the Center. Additional travel to the Central Grasslands Research Extension
Center in Streeter, ND for vegetation sampling will also be provided along
with housing at the Center.
Competitive applicants for both positions will be comfortable with living
and working in a rural setting. Hettinger (population ~1,200) is located in
southwestern North Dakota and is roughly 70 miles south of Dickinson, ND
and 140 miles southeast of Bismarck, ND. The technicians will be required
to live and work amicably and near other research staff at the Center.
Technicians should be comfortable working in a variety of weather
conditions typical of the Northern Great Plains. Evidence of ability to
work both cooperatively and independently in the field is required, A valid
driverÃ¢Â€Â™s license is also required.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter as soon as possible
expressing interest and suitability for the position along with a resume to
Jonathan Spiess (firstname.lastname@example.org), the graduate student supervisor
for this project.
PhD Student – Natural Resource Management
North Dakota State University