Agricultural Media Specialist Job Opening

Friday, December 9, 2022

Title: Agricultural Media Specialist (Remote-work position)


Description: Dakota Lakes Research Farm (Pierre, SD) is seeking an Agricultural Media Specialist at a 10% effort level (approximately 4 hours per week) on a one-year contract with opportunity to renew for up to three years. The media specialist will lead the development of digital and print media, including social media platforms. The individual will lead efforts to publicize field days and speaking engagements by Dakota Lakes Research Farm (DLRF) personnel. This position will devote time to regularly (Bi-weekly) publishing material to social media platforms. The content will reflect current farming operations at Dakota Lakes. The position will also “mine” the wealth of content that Dakota Lakes has generated over the previous 3 decades by adapting it into a format that is compatible with current media avenues. The media specialist will generate agronomic and conservation-oriented fact sheets and technical notes based on knowledge gained from ongoing farming activities and experiments. Example topics include: how to select a cover crop, how to design a crop rotation, managing soil fertility in long term no-till farming, successes and challenges of grazing on cropland, nutrient cycling when grazing on cropland, swath grazing, and field finishing beef. Finally, the media specialist will assist with the production, formatting, and dissemination of annual reports summarizing research activities at DLRF. The reports will provide further science-based content for fact sheets, technical notes, and social media posts related to conservation and agronomy. The target audience will be NRCS personnel and SD producers.


Qualifications: Below is a list of the desired qualifications for the position. Candidates who check the listed qualifications will be given priority consideration. Candidates that do not meet all the qualifications but are willing to learn/train to meet the qualifications will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.


1.      Agricultural background knowledge

2.      College degree in Communications, Marketing, Agriculture Education, Agricultural Business, or related field of study

3.      Social Media Experience (i.e., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

4.      Ability to work and communicate effectively (email, phone, video conferences)

5.      Experience with Microsoft software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or equivalent software platforms

6.      Capability of driving to DLRF (Pierre, SD) periodically


Wages: $30/hour-$48/hour (commensurate with experience)

Note: No benefits will be offered with this contract


To Apply: Submit an updated resume, cover letter, and two references to


Deadline to submit an application is February 1, 2023.


Contact Information: For additional information on the position please contact Sam Ireland by phone at (605)-224-6114 or by email at


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