Farm Operations Manager in Bozeman, MT

Montana State University

Job Description

The Western Triangle Ag Research Center consists of 75 acres and serves agricultural producers by conducting relevant research in cereals, oilseeds, pulses and forage crops and disseminates the garnered information to general public.

The current research center staff is comprised of one superintendent/agronomist and one part time administrative assistant. A local advisory board made up of area producers and industry representatives from the surrounding counties, provides guidance on WTARC research priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities
Help manage space allocations between on-site and off-site faculty & staff.
Manage day-to-day agricultural operations at the center; working in concert with the Superintendent, other faculty, and professional staff.
Manage soil testing and prescriptions via field sampling
Plant, manage and harvest commodity and foundation seed production fields.
Provide assistance to research investigators in planning, planting, managing, harvesting, and processing research plots per project protocol.
Purchase and apply fertilizer and farm chemicals per prescriptions for commodity and foundation seed production fields, and in research fields via other specific protocols as instructed by research investigators.
Maintain the pesticide and fertilizer inventory at the WTARC and manage applications.
Plan and coordinate the timely custom planting, management, and harvesting of commodity crops, as appropriate.
Coordinate with superintendent to facilitate safety training for farm operations related activities.
Maintenance and repair of WTARC vehicles and equipment including all research equipment.
Maintain and repair WTARC facilities and grounds.

Be responsible to maintain records of:
Pesticide applications, carryover restrictions, and other associated information that impacts crop ground management.
Soil nutrient inventories and fertilizer applications.
Crop yields and associated storage of commodities produced.
Foundation Seed Production and storage

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
Bachelor of Science in Agronomy or a related agricultural or life-science field, OR an equivalent amount of applicable experience.
Knowledge of mechanical maintenance of vehicles and farm equipment.
Demonstrated experience in managing farm enterprises.
Demonstrated ability to maintain detailed records and inventories.
Demonstrated dryland crop production experience.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
Master of Science in an agriculture-related field.
Demonstrated supervisory experience.
Demonstrated experience in managing budgets.
Documented hands-on experience with application of nutrients or herbicides.
Demonstrated experience or education with cereal crop rotations and forages and associated pest management practices.
Understanding of field plot research, design, and research scale equipment.

The Successful Candidate Will
Interact effectively with the Department Head, Superintendent, other faculty and professionals.
Have a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral skills.
Have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with varied constituents.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
Possess or have the ability to obtain a Government Montana Pesticide Applicators License within 3 months of hire.
Position requires seasonal weekend and/or evening hours in conjunction with farming activities.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands
Ability to maneuver commodities, parts and equipment weighing up to 100 lbs.
Position requires working in extreme temperatures and inclement weather conditions.
Working at elevated positions (examples: elevator legs, grain bins, equipment).
Working in dusty conditions and with or around pesticides.
Working with and around loud and/or other noisy equipment.
Possess or have the ability to obtain a Montana Drivers License.
Possess or have the ability to obtain a Government Montana Pesticide Applicators License within 3 months of hire.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed in this description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes
Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date

Applications will be:
Screening of applications will begin on February 8, 2023; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
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