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The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (NDAES) is currently conducting a search for the Director of the Williston Research Extension Center (WREC).
The Director will have administrative responsibility for pursuing excellence in agricultural research and educational programs for the WREC, located near Williston, ND. The Director will provide leadership, supervision and performance evaluations for Center staff, and facilitate collaboration between the Center staff and other research and Extension professionals in the NDSU system, as well as agencies, organizations, and entities that aid agriculture, related industries, or economic activities in the region. The Director will manage the Center’s budget and coordinate budget development in conjunction with the Director of the NDAES, the WREC advisory board and State Board of Agricultural Research and Education. The Director will provide leadership in obtaining external, competitively funded research and/or educational awards, and develop collaborative projects important to the well‐being of rural communities, agricultural production systems and natural resources in northwestern North Dakota. Research effort focuses on dryland and irrigated crop production practices, crop germplasm evaluation and improvement, plant disease control and management, evaluation of new agricultural technologies, cropping systems and crop rotation research, and foundation seedstocks production. This person will report to the Vice President of Agricultural Affairs.
About the Center:
The WREC, established in 1907 and relocated to the present site in 1954, is an 800-acre semi-arid farm located in northwest North Dakota near the city of Williston. In 2001, an additional 160 acres were purchased in the Nesson Valley and an irrigated research and development project was established. The WREC scientists and Extension Specialists conduct research in areas such as crop variety evaluation, herbicide performance and other cultural management research, cropping systems, regenerative agriculture, soil health and soil and water conservation practices. The WREC staff includes several M.S and Ph.D. scientists. The main dryland crops in the MonDak region are spring wheat, durum wheat, canola, and lentil. Barley, oat, safflower, field pea, chickpea, flax, sunflower, corn, alfalfa and potato are grown as cash crops or for livestock feed. The MonDak region represents both western ND and eastern Montana.
About Williston, ND:
Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. The 2020 census gave its population as 29,160, making Williston the sixth-largest city in North Dakota. The city’s population nearly doubled between 2010 and 2020, due largely to the North Dakota oil boom. For more information please visit https://www.visitwilliston.com/visit/.
Special instructions to applicants:
Applications are accepted online only at https://jobs.ndsu.edu. Create an account, search for opening #2948656, and create and submit your application when prompted. Interested applicants should submit the following: 1.) Cover letter (two pages maximum), 2.) Curriculum vitae, 3.) Leadership statement (two pages maximum), and 4.) Names and contact information (telephone numbers, postal address, email address) of three professional references. Screening will begin on July 26, 2023.