Purpose of Classification:
Plans, manages and supervises the farming and administrative operation of a research farm which is part of an agricultural and/or livestock research center.
This is sixth in a series of six classifications. This classification is distinguished from Farm Supervisors in that incumbents typically supervise Farm Supervisors, develop the budget, authorize expenditures, market commodities and make the final decisions on allocation of land and/or livestock to project leaders. Incumbents may be required to live on the premises in a university provided residence. This classification requires a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the researchers.
Example of Duties:
- Supervises two or more employees, or their equivalent, on a regular basis.
- Makes decisions regarding hiring, evaluation, promotion and termination of employees, or makes related recommendations that are given particular weight.
- Develops, plans, schedules and monitors work projects and farm activities such as planting, irrigating, harvesting and mixing experimental feed according to formulas.
- Inspects buildings, machinery and equipment and makes evaluations of repairs and maintenance needed; assigns duties to supervised staff.
- Coordinates with project leaders to determine their research needs; determines whether request is feasible and, if so, assigns plot of land and allocates staff resources.
- Develops budget for the upcoming year, estimating cost for operations, travel, wages and capital equipment.
- Interprets and enforces rules and regulations for the farm operation; meets with farm personnel to provide information concerning rules and regulations.
- Monitors the maintenance or maintains records of the farm activities such as, crop summaries, crop prices, weather conditions, feeding and care of livestock, personnel information and farm expenses.
- Purchases and authorizes the purchase of supplies such as herbicides, pesticides, livestock feed and fertilizers.
- Markets commodities produced on the farm, through approved channels.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of experimental farming including procedures and controls.
- Knowledge of specified local, state and federal regulations and mandates.
- Knowledge of shop skills necessary for the maintenance of farm machinery.
- Knowledge in the management of major farming operations.
- Skill in the operation of all farm machinery.
- Ability to effectively communicate.
- Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Animal Sciences or related field AND five years of work experience in commercial agriculture or experimental farming practice or feed lot, feedmill or other intensive livestock operation, which includes three years of supervisory experience; OR,
- Nine years of work experience in commercial agriculture or experimental farming practice or feedlot, feedmill or other intensive livestock operation, which includes three years of supervisory experience; OR,
- Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.
- Possession of a current Arizona Type D driver's license upon employment.