Agricultural Specialist II – Dairy Farm Supervisor in Ames, IA

Iowa State University
  • Full Time
  • Ames, IA
  • Full-time USD / Year
  • Applications have closed

Position Title: Agricultural Specialist II – Dairy Farm Supervisor

Job Group: Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications: At least one year of livestock experience
Knowledge of dairy cattle management
Knowledge of general practices and operations of equipment

Job Description:

Under limited supervision of the Dairy Manager, performs the standard operating procedures for the care and milking of dairy cattle. Assists the dairy researchers and supervisors with the collection of data related to animal research. Performs mechanical and maintenance duties. Principal emphasis is on the daily operations within the dairy unit including milking, general care and housekeeping of the animals on an eight hour per day shift. Assists in the preparation of facilities for research and teaching projects. Maintains the dairy buildings and equipment and keeps them in good working condition and performs various duties related to the care and management of the dairy unit. Independent judgment is required to assess, prioritize and schedule jobs. Will supervise a team of students, part-time and full-time employees.

Example of Duties

Collects, records, and summarizes research data.
Manages and coordinates a set of agricultural resources.
Implements research protocols.
Contributes to experimental design, management, and analysis.
Consults with project leaders on experiments, protocol, and progress.
Monitors and oversees machinery and property maintenance and repair.
Assists with field operations.
Observes, diagnoses, and remedies livestock/crop problems.

Level Guidelines

Intermediate-level position with solid professional and/or technical skills working under general supervision to achieve goals
Applies broad, working knowledge of the principles of the field to moderately complex, difficult, and varied problems and issues
Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action and resolve problems
Responds to a broad range of inquiries and requests
May provide training and/or direction to lower-level staff
May lead projects of moderate scope and complexity
Provides guidance to students

Appointment Type: Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year: 12 Month Work Period

Time Type: Full time

Pay Grade: PS806

Application Instructions: To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following: 1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter If you have questions regarding this application process, please email employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.
Why Choose ISU? Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as: • Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans • Generous vacation, holiday and sick time and leave plans • Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa) • Life insurance and long-term disability • Flexible Spending Accounts • Various voluntary benefits and discounts • Employee Assistance Program • Wellbeing program • This job may also be eligible for flexible work schedules and flexible workplace options that may include flexible working hours and a hybrid working environment.

Original Posting Date: August 24, 2023

Posting Close Date: September 7, 2023

Job Requisition Number: R12765