• KDS Farms, Morrill, NE 07/2010- present
Assist with crop production on 1800-acre farm and ranch. Duties include cultivating corn and beets, applying pesticides, setting up irrigation systems, servicing/maintaining center pivots, property and infrastructure, setting water twice daily, and operating, maintaining and repairing farm equipment.
• Pheasants Forever, Scottsbluff, NE 09/2007- 07/ 2010
Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist
Worked throughout the Nebraska panhandle with NRCS, NGPC, Pheasants Forever and others to aid farmers and ranchers in implementing wildlife habitat enhancement projects. Matched up landowner and habitat project objectives with appropriate federal, state or local cost share programs and administered such programs. Advised landowners in developing habitat and farm and ranch objectives and goals, designed conservation plans and habitat projects, created project budgets, enrolled owners in conservation programs, coordinated with contractors, examined finished projects, and assigned payments. Completed quarterly work products accounting summaries. Prioritized tasks and worked with minimal supervision. Educated public through presentations and tours such as youth mentor hunts, state habitat meeting, habitat management tours and workshops and PF banquets. Conducted prescribed burns and bird surveys. Marketed and sold conservation programs to Ag producers. Provided extensive technical assistance for creating and managing grassland ecostystems. Created all CRP SAFE contracts in the panhandle. Contact Pete Berthelsen (PF) 308-754-5339, Emily Munter (NGPC) 308-763-2940, or Steve Riley (PF) 402-433-5078.
• Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Jerome, ID 05/2006 – 08/2006 & 05/2007 – 08/2007
Created and enhanced upland and wetland habitat on 880-acre Hagerman WMA. Planted, cultivated, irrigated, and applied pesticides to food plots and vegetation for wildlife habitat, controlled noxious weeds, maintained trails and aesthetic qualities of WMA, monitored water depth, monitored mosquito activity and West Nile virus, trapped and banded mourning doves, electro-fished trout streams, mapped noxious weeds, excavated and inserted new irrigation main line, reduced wildfire risk, and interacted with public on a daily basis. 90% work done
• Pratt Farms, Bancroft, WI 12/2005 – 05/2007
Hayed, grained, and watered horses, led out to pasture, cleaned and bedded stalls. Operated skid loader and tractors, spread manure, mixed feed, stacked hay, maintained equipment and property. Entrusted to care for valuable equine on a 50 head horse farm. Contact owner Paula Pratt (715)335-4130.
• Moore Family Farm, Buffalo Lake, MN 1983-present
Raised beef cattle, feeder hogs, and farmed over 1000 acres of corn, soybeans, sweet corn and peas. Learned how to raise animals and crops and operate and maintain heavy machinery, work long hours in adverse conditions, intimate knowledge of natural resource conservation, and the stresses and successes of working the land. Contact Lee Moore (320)833-2252.
• USDA Forest Service, North Central Research, Grand Rapids, MN 05/2003 – 06/2005