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North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension

Location: Minot, ND
Application Deadline: 2023-12-14

Extension Livestock Management Specialist


North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension is recruiting a highly motivated educator to serve as an Extension Livestock Management Specialist for North Dakota. The livestock management specialist will focus primarily on beef cattle management and production but will support other livestock systems. Extension programming may include, but is not limited to: ruminant nutrition, economics, reproduction, genetics, and animal health, as the expertise relates to experience and personnel talents. 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. NDSU Extension is an organization that values people who excel, adapt easily, exhibit a passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators. This position is a 12-month, permanent, non-tenure track position, but includes opportunities for promotion. The appointment is 90% extension, 10% applied research relative to their Extension program. 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. More information about the area is available at:

This position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Develop an innovative Extension program that includes the identification, assessment, and delivery of educational programs that will facilitate the management of livestock production systems, primarily in beef cattle, with target audiences of Extension agents, ranchers, landowners, and government entities.
  • Stay up to date to address current needs regarding fundamental management practices, such as nutrition, economics, reproduction, genetics, and animal health for livestock operations in ND.
  • Provide a systems-based approach for education, inclusive of Extension programming focused on economic impacts of management decisions on farm/ranch operations.
  • Communicate with producers, Extension personnel, appropriate Research Extension Center personnel, and NDSU Department of Animal Sciences about issues that need new or additional research to deliver statewide livestock related programs.
  • Develop relationships, cooperate, and collaborate with state/regional Extension specialists, county agents, and NCREC personnel to deliver programming.
  • When appropriate, provide leadership for the development and demonstration of novel management strategies such as, the integration of crop and livestock production that ensure program relevancy and the ability to guide producer efforts to adapt to changing production systems.
  • Develop individual and team-based Extension programs and publications that utilize expertise and continuing education to disseminate information and build knowledge for producers, industry personnel, and Extension personnel statewide.
  • Secure extramural funding to support livestock Extension programming efforts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  •          Master of Science in animal science, agricultural economics, or closely related discipline.
  •          Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver hands-on education to Extension agents and producers.
  •          Working knowledge of production systems in North Dakota.
  •          Familiarity with Northern Plains agriculture.
  •          Proficiency in various computer programs for use in developing and delivering educational programs.
  •          Knowledge of current and emerging livestock issues.
  •          Ability to define, conduct, and interpret applied research and demonstration projects.
  •          Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  •          Demonstrated effectiveness in working with varied audiences, including individuals and groups, as a team member.
  •          Academic training in livestock economics, ruminant nutrition, reproduction, genetics, animal health and/or nutrition.
  •          Proficiency in computer applications for delivering educational programs.
  •          Valid U.S. driver’s license or the ability to obtain one.          
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in animal science, D.V.M., or closely related field.
  • Coursework in farm and ranch management, agricultural marketing, finance, policy, and risk management.
  • Working knowledge and experience with ruminant livestock production in the northern Great Plains.
  • Experience working with Extension and/or the land-grant university system.
  • Demonstrated skills in internet-based education and communication, and other electronic usage.
  • Successful publication of Extension and/or research results in the popular press and professional journals.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure external funds.

Applicant Materials Required:

  •           Cover letter
  •          Curriculum Vitae
  •          Three professional references with contact information
  • Screening will begin 12/14/23


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 the 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. For additional benefit information visit:

About Us:

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.

Direct inquiries to:

Vice Provost for Faculty and Equity, Old Main

201, 701-231-7708 or Title IX/ADA Coordinator,

Old Main 102, 701-231-6409.

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