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Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist - North Dakota

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever

Southeastern area ,  North Dakota

The Habitat Organization


Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist
Southeast North Dakota (Exact Location TBD)

Application Deadline: June 30, 2017

Anticipated Start Date: July 31, 2017

Overview: Pheasants Forever seeks a highly motivated, dynamic and team-oriented individual with a passion for conservation, agriculture, technology and economics. The employee will work in a joint capacity with Pheasants Forever, AgSolver and other partners as a key member of a new Precision Ag Business Planning Initiative in North Dakota. This Initiative offers a unique opportunity to work directly with agricultural producers and partners to highlight the economic benefits of conservation and working lands alternatives on their operation. The employee will process and analyze relevant on-farm data to provide Return on Investment (ROI) planning analytics to farmers using a precision agriculture business planning platform. Employee will also develop economic scenarios for conservation, working lands and other best management practices on revenue-negative or revenue-neutral acres. Employee will provide clients and colleagues with one-on-one technical software support and training to integrate Profit Zone ManagerTM economic analysis tool and other precision ag platforms and decision making processes. Primary work area will include LaMoure, Dickey, Ransom and Sargent Counties, with the possibility to extend work area as the project advances.

Job Duties:

  • Collaborate with growers to provide agronomic, conservation, working lands and economic analyses assistance that increase producer profitability.
  • Lead in the identification and engagement of growers in coordination with local partners. 
  • Make sound and ethical agronomic/conservation recommendations in order to maximize profitability for producers while providing water, soil and wildlife benefits.
  • Develop and present business performance scenarios of agronomic practices, conservation practices, working lands opportunities or other best management practices to assess profitability of management decisions.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with agricultural partners consistent with their needs/wants.
  • Facilitate a high-level of communication between the producer, individual partners and the partnership as a whole.
  • Focus on understanding producer needs and provide feedback to the partnership on ways to improve performance.
  • Assist with referring producers and agronomists requesting alternative options to appropriate biologist, SCD, 319, USDA or other partner personnel.
  • Organize and host workshops, field days and conduct other outreach efforts.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong customer relation and interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively, and excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to make initial contacts and develop new relationships
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently without direct supervision.
  • Knowledge or the ability to understand modern farm equipment, technology and practices with specific knowledge of equipment, application, and operation.
  • Commitment to maintain standards and address issues in a timely, professional manner.
  • Working knowledge of common conservation programs and practices in the northern Great Plains.
  • Prefer knowledge of/experience with precision Ag Software (SST Summit/Stratus, JD Apex, SMS, etc.), ArcGIS or other mapping software. 
  • Valid driver’s license required; use of personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursement provided).

Education and Experience Guideline: Applicants for this position should possess a Bachelor’s degree in Precision Agriculture, Agronomy, Ag Systems Technology, Ag Business, or a Natural Resources field. Candidates with an Associate degree and 5 or more years of relevant industry experience will be considered. Direct experience working on a farm operation is strongly preferred. A passion for the outdoors, conservation and working directly with farmers and other ag professionals is highly beneficial.

Starting Salary: $35,000 - $42,500 based on experience. + Health Benefits and Retirement Package.

For questions, contact: Rachel Bush, State Coordinator at or 701-403-4853

To Apply: Visit our website at:

ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please include your cover letter, resume and 3 references as 1 Word document or PDF file on the Recruitment website.

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