Farm Manager

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 012300 - Brown Loam Branch Experiment Statio
Location: Hinds County
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Under the general direction of designated administrator or faculty member, manages a farm unit which serves the research activities of the department. Provides oversight of the operation of the farm unit and routine maintenance to equipment, facilities, and land at the Brown Loam Branch Experiment Station, with the expectation of assisting at other branch stations, as needed.

Salary Grade:  15

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center (CMREC) is one of four Research and Extension Centers in the MSU System and located in Raymond, MS. The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES) - Brown Loam Branch Experiment Station is administratively associated with the CMREC and located just south of Raymond, MS. The Brown Loam Branch Experiment Station is a 1,700-acre research facility and historically focused on beef cattle research as well as crop research associated with cotton, corn, soybean and winter annuals.

Area of Specialization:

Research Farm

Anticipated Appointment Date:

July 1, 2024.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Manages and coordinates farm operations to effectively and efficiently meet the research needs of the department/unit, and provides assistance in that regard.
2. Organizes daily work schedule for farm operation; supervises. assigns duties. trains, evaluates and approves timecards for farm laborers and student workers.
3. Recommends purchase of equipment, materials, supplies and other related items.
4. Maintains appropriate records which may be computerized, and prepares reports, as required or needed.
5. Oversees maintenance, safety and security of buildings, equipment and machinery, in assigned area of responsibility.
6. Recommends improvements in farm management techniques and economical use of facilities.
7. Under direction of faculty member, assists in training students in the practical aspects of operations associated with independent studies or other practicums.
8. Performs related duties as required.

Full supervisory responsibility for other employees is a major responsibility and includes training, evaluating, and making employment decisions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's Degree.

Experience: Five years of experience managing agricultural operations and supervising farm personnel.

Substitution: An equivalent combination of related education and related experience may be considered for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree in agriculture or related field.

Pesticide applicators license. Ability and knowledge to accurately calibrate sprayers and planters, mix pesticides, apply fertilizer, and coordinate irrigation of field plots.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of farming operations, equipment operation and maintenance. Management of resources including staff, equipment, land, and facilities.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Regularly involves lifting, bending or other physical exertion. Often exposed to one or more elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc.

Routine deadlines; usually sufficient lead time; variance in work volume seasonal and predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present; involves occasional exposure to demands and pressures from persons other than immediate supervisor.

Job frequently requires standing, walking, reaching, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands, and lifting up to 50 pounds.
Job occasionally requires sitting, climbing or balancing, and lifting more than 100 pounds.

Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applicants must complete the online application at Attach a resume, a list of 3 references with contact information, and unofficial transcripts. Social Security Numbers on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. Applicants may contact Terri Shaw at (601)857-5952 with any questions regarding the online application process.
For more information contact:
Dr. Curt Lacy
1320 Seven Springs Road
Raymond, MS 39154

Screening Date:

April 19, 2024, until filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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