The Central Platte NRD office is open to the public during regular business hours. To ensure availability, please schedule an appointment with a staff member by calling 308-385-6282.
Our office is located at 215 Kaufman Avenue, Grand Island, NE.

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Meet the Team

BACK ROW: Tom Backer, Jake Laird, Mike Schmeeckle, Nelson Winkel, Shane Max, Mike Ostergaard, Darren Cudaback, Jess Mintken  MIDDLE ROW: Brody Vorderstrasse, Luke Zakrzewski, David Carr, Jim Harris, Courtney Widup, Dean Krull, Shelly Lippincott, Kyla Friedrichsen, Brand Flyr, Marcia Lee FRONT: Dan Clement, Deb Jarzynka, Angela Warner, Lyndon Vogt, Tricia Dudley, Kelly Cole, Bill Hiatt


Central Platte NRD has an agronomy position available.  Duties include working with USDA’s Adaptive Cropping Systems Lab (ACSL) and UNL scientists in assisting with crop and soil models.  Must be capable of establishing relationships with growers and gathering multi-year field data associated with local crop production. Work with growers utilizing the model to assist in best management practices associated with nitrogen and water use. Work with growers that have consistently high residual nitrogen and report to CPNRD Management and Directors. This is a 3-year grant-funded position. Competitive salary and benefits available. Email resume to Lyndon Vogt at

Central Platte NRD is accepting applications for a receptionist located at the Central Platte NRD Office in Grand Island. Duties include receiving and directing office calls and assistance with the Chemigation Program. Microsoft office skills required, document preparation, data entry, filing and maintenance, supplies purchasing, and scheduling assistance. Full-time position with competitive salary and excellent benefits. Apply by sending resume to: Kelly Cole, Central Platte NRD 215 Kaufman Avenue Grand Island NE 68803 or email it to:  by June 14, 2024.

Central Platte Natural Resources District in Grand Island, NE, is accepting applications for a Water Resources Technician. Primary duties include chemigation inspections, water sampling, static water measurements and maintenance assistance with flood control projects. Requires Microsoft Office experience and communication skills. Associate’s degree or higher in a related field preferred. Competitive Salary and excellent benefits package. Send resume to by June 25, 2024.

Lyndon Vogt
General Manager
Jesse Mintken
Assistant Manager
Kelly Cole
Administrative Assistant
Tom Backer
Projects Assistant
David Carr
Range Management Specialist
Water Resources Specialist
Job Opening_ Apply by June 24
Darren Cudaback
Precision Conservation Specialist
Tricia Dudley
Water Quality Specialist
Brandi Flyr
Kyla Friedrichsen
Secretary/NRCS-Central City
Bill Hiatt
Resources Conservationist
Deb Jarzynka
Lisa Kennicutt
Dean Krull
UNL/CPNRD Demo Project Coordinator
Jake Laird
Cozad Ditch Rider
Marcia Lee
Information/Education Specialist
Shelly Lippincott
Shane Max
Resources Conservationist
Jim Harris, Mike Ostergard, Marci Ostergard
Thirty Mile Irrigation District Staff
Mike Schmeeckle
Cozad Ditch Manager
Brody Vorderstrasse
Communications Assistant
Lexie Zubia
Secretary/NRCS-Grand Island
Angela Warner
GIS Coordinator
Courtney Widup
Water Resources Technician
Nelson Winkel
Prescribed Fire Planning Specialist
Luke Zakrzewski
GIS Image Analyst