Prairie plant and fire ecology – summer seasonal technician in North Dakota

North Dakota State University
Streeter, North Dakota
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
starting at $12/hr
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
We seek to hire a summer seasonal research technician to contribute to research on grassland plant ecology and fire ecology in the Northern Great Plains. The technician will work closely with a graduate student in Dr. Devan McGranahan’s lab in the North Dakota State University Range Science program. The position is field-based, and located at our field site at the Central Grasslands Research Extension Center (CGREC), near Streeter, North Dakota. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the design and operation of ecological research, including data management, to the degree that the technician is interested in such mentorship.

The technician will support a broad new study on fire and grazing interactions in Kentucky bluegrass-invaded northern mixed-grass prairie. Our specific component focuses on spatial and temporal variation in plant community characteristics that relate to grassland fuels, and the technician will help collect vegetation, soil, and environmental data for use in fuel and fire behavior models. Thus, knowledge and interest in vegetation sampling techniques is required, and demonstrable field experience with sampling in grassland preferred. The technician will also have the opportunity to participate in growing-season prescribed fires and collect real-time fire behavior data, and experience with prescribed fire is a strong preference. Baseline training related to safe prescribed fire operations will be provided for interested technicians lacking prior experience.
Competitive applicants will be comfortable with living and working in a rural setting. The CGREC is located two hours west of Fargo near Streeter, ND (population 170), and is surrounded by native rangeland. The technician will be required to live and work amicably and in close quarters with other research staff at the Center, and must be enthusiastic about working outdoors 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 driver’s license is required. Experience with aspects of life and work on farms, ranches, or other livestock facilities or wildlife areas is preferred.

This full-time, seasonal position offers compensation beginning at $12/hour, although applicant experience will be considered in final offer. Housing at the CGREC is provided in addition to all work-related transportation at the Center. Employment can begin as early as 10 May 2017 and extend through August or September 2017.

Interested applicants should send via e-mail a cover letter describing interest and suitability for the position along with a CV/resume to Micayla Lakey (, the graduate student supervisor.
Contact Person
Devan McGranahan
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