CASNR Career News

November 18, 2020

This will be our last newsletter of the semester! We wish you a great Finals Week and Happy Holiday Season. Even though our Peer Coaches won’t be available, Julie and Marybeth will be available for appointments via MyPlan through December 18, 2020.

In the meantime – consider some Holiday Networking. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to consider from With a little common sense and a bit of perseverance, you can make this holiday season a memorable one when it comes to preparing for your career.

Holiday Networking DOs

  • Be focused and strategic. Target the companies you’re most interested in and seek contacts in those organizations, particularly people in positions you can learn from.
  • Set goals. Identify a target and monitor your progress for a set number of networking meetings each week or month.
  • Be well-prepared. Research the company and the individual in advance. Have questions prepared.
  • Keep the conversation going. Ask open-ended questions to gather more information.
  • Be an active, engaged listener. Listen carefully to the advice and information the person is sharing, and take notes as appropriate.
  • Prepare to share. Think about your personal elevator pitch.
  • Follow-up is key. Ask who else they think you should speak to and if they would refer you, as well as if they have any professional associations they’d recommend.
  • Add value for the other person. Find a way to assist them with information or a connection to keep the relationship mutual.
  • Always send a thank you note. It can make a lasting impression.
  • Stay in touch periodically. A holiday card with a personal note or even a New Year’s card would be a nice touch.

Holiday Networking DON'Ts

  • Don’t ask for a job. This is about building a relationship, not asking a favor.
  • Don’t do all the talking. Do more listening than speaking; you want to learn about the company and the functional area of interest.
  • Don’t be arrogant or disrespectful. This should go without saying!
  • Don’t stalk the person. If they don’t respond after three attempts, take them off your list.
  • Don’t monopolize their time. Steer clear of taking more time than specified without asking if they can spare a few more minutes.
  • Don’t waste their time. If it’s something you could have learned on their website, don’t ask.

International Agriculture Education Fellowship Program

AgriCorps is excited to introduce the new home for the next class of Fellows, the International Agriculture Education Fellowship Program (IAEFP), hosted by the Borlaug Institute at Texas A&M. Building on the work of five classes of AgriCorps Fellows, AgriCorps is partnering with the Borlaug Institute to support the IAEFP and continue our mission of advancing school-based agriculture education in Ghana. The IAEFP will recruit, train and support nine Fellows to become agriculture teachers and 4-H advisors during the 2021-22 Ghanaian school year.
Interested in becoming a Fellow to serve in Ghana?
Recruitment is now taking place for our 2021-2022 school year! Head over to IAEFP website to find out more.
Applications are due February 1!

MACA Young Leader Scholarship Program

The MACA Young Leader Scholarship Program (MACA YLSP) is designed to expose future agriculturalists to the crop protection industry and future career opportunities. Recipients will benefit from exposure and networking with MACA members for potential job opportunities as well as financial compensation ($2,000 scholarship). Candidates must be enrolled at UNL and have secured a summer internship (2021) within agriculture, preferably within the crop protection industry. Additionally, the selected recipient is expected to attend the MACA Annual Meeting September 7-9, 2021 in a location that will be determined to participate and network with MACA members and to develop a deeper understanding of the crop protection industry. For more information or to apply, please visit:
Application due date: January 28, 2021

Virtual Résumé Labs

Need assistance with your résumé, cover letter, finding an on-campus job, or Handshake? Start with our Virtual Résumé Labs! Bring your computer, ask questions, get feedback, make edits as you go, and walk out with improved documents.


  • Mondays | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Tuesdays | 5 PM – 6 PM
  • Wednesdays | Noon – 2 PM
  • Thursdays | 3 PM – 5 PM

To log into the Virtual Resume Lab at these times, visit
Password: ANRCareers

Need to make an appointment?? Visit the CASNR Career Center.

Virtual Walk – in Hours

Can’t make the Resume Lab? Our Peer Coaches will have virtual walk-in hours.

Lauren Ahlers
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 217 567 5753
Passcode: CASNRCoach

Tori Huffman
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.- 2 p.m. and Wed 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Passcode: UNL20/21

Kailee Rupprecht
Thursdays 9:15 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Fridays 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 245 395 9248
Passcode: casnr

Abigail Misfeldt
Monday: 3-5 p.m., Wednesday: 2-4 p.m., Friday: 1-4 p.m.
Meeting ID: 312 725 2047
Passcode: 7rgjx2

PLEASE NOTE: the last Resume Lab and walk-in hours for this semester will be Thursday, November 19th. They will resume the week of January 25th and continue throughout the spring semester. Students can still make appointments with Julie Obermeyer and Marybeth Helmink via MyPlan throughout that time.

Job Opportunities

  • Animal Care & Adoption Counselor Internship
    Capital Humane Society is offering a new student internship over the break between semesters. This internship can be used for ASCI 395A credit during the spring mini-session or spring semester.

    • Assist with cleaning animal areas and feeding pets
    • Provide adoption interactions and counseling
    • Process adoption paperwork
    Time Requirement:
    Monday-Friday (4-7pm) from November 30-January 18 (closed holidays)

    Charleen Engberg
    Director of Outreach & Special Projects
    Capital Humane Society
  • Desert Ranches 2021 Cattle Internship
    Hands-on, field-based internships, assign a student to a cattle crew at one of our locations and expose them to all facets of running a successful ranch. This includes moving cattle on horseback, working cattle in pens, recognizing and doctoring sick cattle, and building and maintaining infrastructure such as fences and corrals. It also includes leadership development through training from ranch leaders. These internships may prepare a student for full-time job opportunities with Deseret or other top cattle producers. Apply Now: to be considered for an internship opportunity, send your resume and cover letter to with “Deseret Ranches Internship” in the subject line. Students whose skills and experience are a match will be contacted to schedule an interview
  • Iowa DNR Wildlife Research Section Temporary Wildlife Position
    A temporary position with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is available out of the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office. This position will be within the Wildlife Research Section with an emphasis on waterfowl. The primary responsibility will be conducting surveys of spring migrating waterfowl in the Iowa Prairie Pothole Region.
    We anticipate a start date in mid-February and conclusion in early May.
    To apply, please send a resume, three references, and a cover letter with availability (start and end dates) to:
    Orrin Jones
    Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources
    1203 North Shore Drive
    Clear Lake, IA 50428
    Please direct questions to Orrin Jones at: or (641) 231-1957.
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 10, 2020
  • Bayer Crop Science Production Research Assistants
    Research support for Bayer Crop Science Production Research
    Collects timing and characteristic data on corn trial plots and maintaining field trials
    Majority of work is outdoors
    Some overtime/weekend work is expected during late June-July
    Must have clean driving record; must be 16 or older to apply
    Familiarity with Microsoft Office and iOS devices for note taking is desirable
    Located in Waco, NE
    Interested applicants contact: Felipe Sperotto ( or Tyler Williams (
  • Colorado State Coordinator with Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever
    This is a full-time position working directly with NRCS, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Pheasants Forever Chapters and other in-state conservation partners to coordinate the delivery of wildlife habitat conservation within the state of Colorado as well as support the Regional Representative and be one of the leaders of the Colorado Pheasants Forever Team.
    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please combine your cover letter, resume and 3 references into a single Microsoft Word document or PDF file before uploading to the Recruitment website. To Apply: Visit our website at Additional questions may be directed to Al Eiden West Region Director at or 602-513-6360.
    Application deadline: December 8, 2020
  • South Dakota Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist with Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever
    Work in a joint capacity with Pheasants Forever, Inc. (PF), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (SDGFP) to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other related state, local and non-profit wildlife conservation programs. Activities will include program promotion, contract coordination, conservation planning, conservation plan modification, site assessment and reporting. Provide technical assistance for wildlife habitat enhancement techniques to private landowners and public organizations. Meet with local chapters of Pheasants Forever and other local partners to influence habitat management efforts and participate in statewide habitat meetings. Attend Farm Bill Biologist training and assist in coordinating technical assistance efforts.
    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: a cover letter, resume and 3 references combined into a single Microsoft Word document or PDF file before uploading to our Recruitment website. Apply on our website at: If you have any questions, please contact Matt Morlock at or 605-881-8258.
    Application Deadline: December 7th, 2020
  • NRG Media Programmer
    NRG Media continuously seeks individuals with personality and passion for great local radio who are ready to be involved in the community and assist with appearances, promotions, and general station events on multiple platforms. If you have some radio experience, an understanding of social media, a sense of humor and are highly creative and spontaneous, send us your information. The ideal candidates will be able to develop, produce and execute on-air radio programming that is both entertaining and informative to the listening audience.
    NRG Media seeks programmers who can work with sales teams to identify ideas, sponsorships and events to promote the stations and add revenue while bringing a spirit of creativity and mutual respect to a team where these values matter. Successful candidates must follow and enforce FCC regulations, station and company policies.
    Visit to apply.