Seasonal Soil Health Specialist: Bismarck, North Dakota; Statewide

Ducks Unlimited
Bismarck, North Dakota; Statewide
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Start Date
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In partnership with the Burleigh County Soil Conservation District’s Menoken Farm, the Great Plains Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is seeking inquisitive and innovative applicants for a soil health specialist located in Bismarck, North Dakota. The incumbent will work under the direction of the DU Conservation Programs Team to learn a holistic approach to conservation agriculture, wildlife habitat management, and landowner partnership. The specialist will be involved in a variety of projects related to DU’s soil health programs, DU’s traditional conservation programs, and Menoken Farm’s conservation demonstration site. Primary Responsibilities: - For one to two days per week, work alongside the pioneering team at the Menoken Farm and learn the principles of soil health in the areas of: Cropping systems, grazing systems, gardening, windbreaks, vermiculture and composting extract, educational events, and seminars. Learn key concepts including no-till seeding, increasing crop diversity, and short-duration long plant recovery rotational grazing systems. - For three to four days per week, work alongside DU staff in the areas of: Conservation program delivery, mitigation, engineering, and communication. Represent DU at field-day events and assist with soil health outreach efforts to landowners and producers. Assist in soil health monitoring on farms and ranches enrolled in DU’s soil health programs. Monitoring activities include soil sampling, water infiltration tests, plant identification (cover crops, rangeland plants, noxious weeds.), biological observations (bird identification, insect identification.).
- Applicant must be at least 18 years old, with one year of advanced education, preferred. Advanced education, experience, or a strong interest in the areas closely related to agriculture, wildlife management, animal science, or natural resources is desired. - Familiarity with basic collection of scientific data. - Excellent communication and organization skills. - Ability to work well as part of a team. - Excellent technology and computer skills with basic understanding of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Arc GIS. Successful applicants will be expected to work full-time from May through August. Field work can be physically demanding; applicants must be able to work in field sites for long periods of time and walk over rough and uneven terrain. Ability to work outside in unfavorable weather conditions may be needed, therefore, only enthusiastic and dedicated individuals should apply. To apply or for more information: Please fill out the application materials on this link( Attach (in a single document) a cover letter and resume with references. For more information regarding this position, contact Emily Schwartz at or Robert Ford at For more information about Menoken Farm, please visit Menoken Farm ( For more information about DU’s conservation program team in North Dakota, please visit
Contact Person
Emily Schwartz or Robert Ford
Contact Phone
Emily (701) 355-3538 or Robert (701) 355-3530
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