Animal Technician

  • North Dakota State University
  • Streeter, ND, USA
  • Jan 29, 2020
Seasonal Conservation/ Natural Resources Management Research Sustainability

Job Description

Position Description:

The persons selected for this position will assist with numerous animal sciences research projects. Much of the duties will be designated to studies involving rangeland grazing, bale grazing, and corn residue grazing. These jobs will include but are not limited to, beef cattle handling, plot preparation, laboratory work including grinding samples and sample preparation for analysis, data entry, and collecting various samples such as rumen fluid, soil, forage, and cattle weights. This position is a 40+ hour/week position with the opportunity to work overtime with appropriate compensation. Some night and weekend work may be required.

About Central Grasslands Research Extension Center:

Central Grasslands Research Extension Center is located in south central North Dakota in the Missouri Coteau.  The Center has 10 full-time research scientists and staff studying areas including Range Science, Forage Agronomy and Animal Science. Central Grasslands Research Extension Center was created to address the following research priorities areas: 1) range ecology and grazing management; 2) forage systems; 3) livestock nutrition; and 4) reproductive efficiency.  To accomplish these objectives, the Center manages approximately 1300 beef animals yearly, including 450 to 500 breeding females.  The land base for these operations includes 5335 acres, of which the majority is native and improved pasture.

The location of the Research Extension Center offers outstanding opportunities to enjoy a rural lifestyle in a supportive community environment.  Outdoor recreational activities in this area include outstanding waterfowl and upland game hunting for sportsman, easy access to lakes for fishing and watersports, white-tailed deer hunting, and an excellent environment for bird watching, hiking, biking, and other activities.

Job Qualifications:

This includes, but is not limited to the following responsibilities.

  • A working knowledge in beef cattle handling
  • Be capable of working outside, collecting data, and handling cattle in good and poor weather conditions
  • Enter data using excel and prepare samples for data enter; however, we are willing to train willing candidates.
  • Basic understanding of livestock husbandry
  • Ability to drive farm equipment, including ATV and tractor
  • Candidates must have the ability to work through a variety of environmental conditions including but not limited to high temperatures and precipitation.
  • Additionally, the candidate must have the ability and willingness to work both independently and as a member of a team. A team player is highly recommended.
  • Valid driver’s license is required for this position.


To apply

Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent, resume, and official transcripts to Kevin Sedivec via email or US Postal Service.  For additional questions regarding the position please contact Kevin Sedivec, Search Committee Chair.


Kevin Sedivec

Interim Director, Extension Rangeland Specialist, and Professor

4824 48th Ave SE

Streeter, ND 58483

Phone: 701.799.4689 or 701.424.3606



Part/Full: 40+ hrs/week

Benefits: Free housing and travel to and from the field

Duration: Summer

Job Level



Research Institute


$12-15/hr, depending on experience