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CREC Organic Cropping Systems Agronomist

North Dakota University System
Carrington, ND
Closing date
Jun 28, 2024

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Description & Details:

The position is responsible for development, implementation, and reporting of research activities associated with the organic field research program. Specific duties include research protocol development, grant proposal development to support the program, preparing and planting trials, imposition of treatment variables, trial maintenance, collecting field data, harvesting and processing samples, data analysis and reporting, and outreach. This position includes the responsibility to develop research priorities for organic grain production by seeking input from stakeholders. Emphasis should be on germplasm evaluation, input management, and systems approaches. The position will coordinate day to day research activities, including a research technician and lab services. It requires the ability and willingness to interact and communicate with the diverse constituency of the department and University research programs.

Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with additional hours as necessary

Advertised Salary:

The position has a salary range of $70,000 to $85,000 with a comprehensive fringe benefit package.

Minimum Qualifications:

* M.S. in Agronomy, Soils, Agricultural Engineering, or related field.
* Knowledge and experience working with applied research related to field crops, soils, irrigation, or pest management.
* Documented experience in experimental design and analysis.
* Strong written and verbal communication skills.
* Research equipment operation experience.
* Strong familiarity of Northern Great Plains cropping systems.
* Valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Ph.D. in Agronomy, Soils, Agricultural Engineering, or related field
* Experience managing staff.
* Documented experience with crop management decisions across a diversity of crops.
* History with organic field crop production/research.
* Documented experience in preparing grant proposals and success in securing extramural funds.
* Evidence of positive producer interactions.

Applicant Materials Required:

* Cover letter addressing each of the minimum and preferred qualifications
* Complete Curriculum Vitae
* Three professional references with contact information

Screening will begin 2/15/24


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us:

The Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) is one of seven NDSU Research Extension Centers and is located approximately 140 miles from the North Dakota State University campus at Fargo. The CREC has four scientists and four area extension specialist positions in the areas of agronomy, plant pathology, nutrient management and animal science. A professional and technical staff of 14 supports the CREC and NDSU based programs. The general responsibilities of the CREC include research and extension projects that address dryland and irrigated crop production, plant pathology, the soil resource, cropping/tillage systems, crop pest management, beef nutrition and beef production systems, nutrient/livestock management, crop and livestock integration, and foundation seedstocks production. The Carrington Research Extension Center is located in the drift prairie region of North Dakota and conducts research and educational programs for a significant part of North Dakota.

This position is located at the Carrington Research Extension Center near Carrington, North Dakota. Carrington is a thriving rural community of approximately 2,500 people in a widely diversified agricultural production region of east central North Dakota. Carrington has progressive schools (K-12), modern medical services (clinic and hospital), and many recreation opportunities.

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.

NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.

NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Diversity Statement:

NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or

Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that NDSU, a land grant institution, on the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda) and Anishinaabe Peoples in addition to many diverse Indigenous Peoples still connected to these lands. We honor with gratitude Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples who have walked with her throughout generations. We will continue to learn how to live in unity with Mother Earth and build strong, mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with Indigenous Peoples of our region. (see

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