Precision Employment Opportunities In North Dakota

The Dakota Precision Ag Center located within Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, ND has a couple position openings at this time. An Assistant Director, an Agronomy Instructor and an IT person and an Administrative Assistant.

The application deadline is December 7, and complete information on the positions and how to apply can be found on the Center’s website. Below are titles and descriptions of each opening:

 

 

1. Assistant Director, Dakota Precision Ag Center

Lake Region State College

Applications are being accepted for the position of Assistant Director of the Dakota Precision Ag Center. This is a twelve-month Administrative/Faculty position. Starting salary depends on experience.

Requires good organizational and interpersonal skills, knowledge of office practices, Microsoft and Apple operating systems, and precision ag technologies. Extensive experience in agricultural education, agribusiness or production agriculture is essential. Teaching and supervision experience would be beneficial.

This will be an administrative position within the ag department for LRSC with the potential for significant teaching possibilities. Administrative reporting for federal and state grant awards will be expected.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in ag or education related discipline preferred or willingness to complete master’s degree coupled with equivalent knowledge and experience.

 

2. Full-Time Faculty in Agronomy, Dakota Precision Ag Center

 

Lake Region State College

Lake Region State College (LRSC) is seeking a full-time instructor in agronomy to provide instructional and research support to the Dakota Precision Ag Center. The individual in this position will:

• Provide instruction to undergraduates about high plains soil agronomy.

• Conduct research on use and impact of precision ag technologies.

• Identify problems with growing high plains crops.

• Supervise undergraduate interns.

• Manage the LRSC answer farm.

• Prepare curriculum and other instructional materials

 

Contract for this position will be either nine or twelve month. Tenure or non-tenure track on this position is also negotiable.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in ag or education related discipline preferred or willingness to complete master’s degree coupled with equivalent knowledge and experience. Teaching or other instructional experience is required, as is ability to navigate agricultural and other outdoor terrain and lift/carry 50 pounds as part of normal duties.

Information Technology Support Technician, Dakota Precision Ag Center

Lake Region State College

LRSC is seeking a full-time Agricultural Information Technology Support Technician to provide agricultural hardware, software, and precision technology support to the Dakota Precision Ag Center. The work tasks include responding to telephone/email contracts from the Center’s staff, faculty, and students/trainees requesting technical trouble-shooting and support of precision agriculture technologies, documentation, tracking, and resolution of technical connectivity, technology and other sensing equipment functionality, and in-field telematics and other mobile device performance issues.

Must have knowledge of microprocessor operating systems, connection devices, wiring harness architecture, signal transmitters, and relevant software packages, and familiarity with DC power environments. A major role of this position is to acquire, install, and maintain precision agricultural technologies within both classroom and farmyard/field environments across time. Job duties include troubleshooting global positioning devices and signal amplifiers, microprocessors, field sensing devices, wiring harnesses, flow process control technologies, local agricultural networks, and mobile printing devices. The successful applicant will possess skill in both Microsoft and Apple operating environments, troubleshooting procedures and techniques, technical writing, and satisfactory customer service given that all activity is conducted in a collaborative team environment.

The successful applicant must also be physically able to lift and carry 50 pounds as part of normal duties, self-motivated, and willing to learn and assume more responsibilities as precision agriculture systems adapt to new developments and change.

Preferred qualifications include: Associate Degree in technology related area or equivalent experience. Experience in an agriculture setting would be beneficial. Starting salary range is dependent on experience. Excellent benefits package-health, tuition waiver, and retirement.

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