External Positions

The positions below are posted here as a courtesy to employers external to the Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota.

NGPRL Research Animal Scientist
Mandan, ND

Major duties: The Management Strategies to Sustainability Intensify Northern Great Plains Agroecosystems Program, located within the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory (NGPRL), in Mandan, North Dakota is seeking a permanent, full-time Research Animal Scientist. The mission of NGPRL is to develop adaptive and integrative practices for sustainable crop, livestock, and rangeland systems. The incumbent conducts research leading to the development of grazing and integrated production systems that produce healthful food systems to sustainably intensify dryland agricultural production. This research addresses the ARS grand challenge to “transform agriculture to deliver a 20% increase in quality production at 20% lower environmental impact by 2025”. This research is a component of ARS National Program 216, Agricultural System Competitiveness and Sustainability and contributes to the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research network. The assignment includes conceiving research and designing, organizing, conducting, and reporting field-based and laboratory research aimed at providing practical options for agricultural systems that meet sustainability goals. The incumbent works independently and as a member of transdisciplinary teams in cooperation with scientists at this and other ARS locations, state experiment stations, and universities. The assignment includes, Establishing guidelines for grazing, feed, and forage management that are cost-effective, and improve livestock performance, productivity, product quality, and ecosystem services, such as nutrient cycling, while limiting negative environmental impacts; Integrating grazing animals with crop and forage systems to sustainably intensify agricultural production; Develop methods to improve harvest efficiency and livestock growth on rangeland. Occasional travel required; occasional travel to and from professional conferences. The Research Animal Scientist position announcement will be open from 7/23 through 8/6. More information can be found online at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/505236300.

POSTED 7/20/18

Animal Agriculture Peer Mentor (maximum 6 positions)
Minnesoa 4-H Speaking Out for Animal Agriculture
Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN

Purpose: The persons in this position will serve as mentors to selected Minnesota State Fair 4-H livestock exhibitors in all species (beef, dairy, sheep, swine, goats, poultry and rabbits). Peer mentors will work with 4-H exhibitors to send the public an accurate, positive message that 4-H members and their families produce wholesome food and care for their animals and the environment.

Duties/responsibilities: Conduct a workshop for 4-H herdsman/exhibitors in all species to help them build skills to connect with consumers of livestock products through communication of the following points - Description of their family and their family farm; description of their exhibit and showing experience; reinforcement that their animal is raised for food and fiber and not as a pet; reinforcement that the food produced by this animal is nutritious and safe; clear communication that the animal has been cared for using best management practices and current technology; assure consumers that animals are raised using different approved production methods, but the final products are indistinguishable from one another in regard to wholesomeness, food safety and nutritional value. Monitor and encourage exhibitor conversations with fairgoers supporting key points included in the workshop. Evaluate 4-H consumer education and promotion activities in each specie.

Mentor qualifications: College students, age 18 or over. Interest and or experience in 4-H and livestock exhibits. Communication, teaching and coaching skills. Ability to work with a variety of adults and youth. Available for in-service training before State Fair and mentoring activities during 4-H livestock week-end (August 22-26, 2018). Expertise in production, processing and promotion of one of more animal species. Experience as a livestock exhibitor and industry spokesperson. May not be a 4-H exhibitor at the 2018 State Fair.

Orientation & training: One-day orientation/training workshop (August 21, 2018); Written materials for review prior to the State Fair; Coaching and daily support by 4-H/ staff during State Fair.

Commitment:  Five days of 4-H Livestock Weekend, exact hours to be determined. One day pre-service training before the fair. 4-6 hours of written materials review. Evaluation/debriefing session with 4-H staff following State Fair.

Compensation: $450 stipend per person. Fair entry tickets and meals (4-H dining). 4-H Housing (Bailey Hall) if needed.

To apply: Submit resume, and a statement describing why you are interested in this position, detail industry knowledge, communication and leadership skills that you believe you bring to the position.  Send completed materials to Juanita Reed-Boniface, Project Coordinator, 2462 Lake George Dr. NW, Cedar, MN 55011; Ph. 763-753-4636; AgriFolks@gmail.com. The deadline is August 3, 2018 or until all positions are filled.

POSTED 7/20/18

Beef Industry Positions
GPAC Talent Network

Opportunity #1: Commercial Feed Sales Rep:

  • Help develop distribution channels
  • Work directly with feed dealers, Nutritionists, Vets and Producers
  • Selling beef, equine, show and other types of feed products
  • Very limited overnight travel (2-3 nights/month) within Southern Texas

Opportunity #2: Key Account Manager:

  • Build relationships with feedlots in KS, NE and OK
  • This would be a sales and technical support role
    - PhD or Masters Degree required
  • Work with research team to help develop solutions for feed lots

Opportunity #3: Beef Key Account Manager:

  • Building relationships with beef accounts in KS, NE and CO
  • Sell products that help solve customer
  • Cold calling to bring in new customers
  • Making technical presentations on company programs and products

Other Opportunities:

  • Beef Veterinarian (SD)
  • Beef Nutritionist (OK, AR)
  • PhD Beef Tech Support & Research (Anywhere)

Contact: Rob Klein, Director, gpac, 605.978.5438, rob.klein@gogpac.com

POSTED 6/22/18

10-Day Internship Opportunity
NILE 2018
Billings, MT

About the program: The Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) is looking for college students who are willing and able to work all day and into the night, eat and sleep minimally, handle high pressure situations, work in the extreme weather conditions of October in Montana, and enjoy every minute of it. NILE staff is looking for those college kids who are little obsessed, a little quirky, and have a lot of heart. We want those who eat, breathe, and sleep stock shows and rodeos. We want those who can function on minimal sleep and maximum caffeine. College kids who have brains and brawn-handle high pressure critical thinking and not be afraid to pick up a pitch fork. From the bright lights of the rodeo arena, to the heart pounding hooves of the horse events and finally to the smells of adhesives in the cattle barn, you won't want to miss out on the action! The internship is ten days of early mornings and late nights. Some interns work the livestock show ring; checking in exhibitors, lining up steers, shuffling sheep, and recording results. Other interns set up horse awards, buck bales, and score keep the ranch rodeo. All interns laugh, goof around, and get stuff done. The work details are to be determined, but we guarantee they'll be valuable! We get it, the NILE is during the school months and it's hard to get away, but believe us, it's worth it for the experience! Yes, the NILE is months away, but it's not too soon to start thinking about your future. Many of the NILE's past interns are gainfully employed and attribute some of their success to the NILE internship experience. Apply today and set yourself up for success.

Application: For more information on how to apply, go to Internships on the NILE website. All applications must be in the NILE Office by August 31, 2018 and interns will be announced shortly thereafter.

Contact: Please call the NILE Office at (406) 256-2495 or send email to shelby@thenile.org.

POSTED 3/8/18