The full-time Farm Assistant Manager position will be located at the W.K. Kellogg Farm (10461 N. 40th St. Hickory Corners, MI), which is a unit of the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station and supported by MSU AgBioResearch, Land Management and Extension. The primary duties include leadership of field crop production activities, and support of internal and external crop / forage research activities. Responsibilities also include some assistance with outreach, infrastructure planning and maintenance, training part time staff, supervising interns and implementing safety protocols. Frequent lifting of up to 75 pounds is required. This is a salary position.
This is a working position; the chosen candidate will be expected to spend the majority of time working on the ground, in the shop, or operating equipment. The chosen candidate will also be provided with office space in order to interface with the Farm Manager, communicate with researchers and others electronically and via phone. Normal hours are Monday through Friday 8-5, but will include evening and weekend work at certain times of year to accomplish crop production activities around weather patterns, especially during the growing season.
Candidate must obtain a Group A CDL Driver’s license and Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License (Categories 1A and 10) within 6 month of hire date.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Crop and Soil Science or agricultural field related to the area of employment; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in all areas of farm work/production within specific animal groups and/or crops related the area of employment; knowledge of farm equipment; experience in computer usage; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession of a valid vehicle operator's license. The job requires a Pesticide Applicators License and a group A CDL Driver's License.
Candidates having some or all of these qualifications will receive extra consideration.
- At least two years’ experience with university crop research activities and methods used to properly conduct the research; - Proficiency in operating agricultural equipment, including but not limited to tractors (of all sizes), row crop implements, hay and silage harvesting equipment, skid steers, all-terrain vehicles (gators and 4 wheelers), semi tractors with trailers, and grain trucks - Familiarity with technology used for row crop management, including GPS guided tractors / implements and associated software - Knowledge of current methods used to manage row crops and forage crops, including fertility and pest management, crop genetics, and cultural practices (e.g. timing of planting, seeding rates/depths, crop rotations, etc.). - Knowledge of practices used for organic, no-till, and low input methods of row crop production, including cover crop management - Ability to participate in educational activities such as field days and tours by speaking in front of and with diverse audiences; - Good communication skills - Ability to lead groups of staff and/or volunteers to accomplish field crop related tasks - Ability to use PC computers and software systems for farm/research data management as well as Microsoft Office products.
Normal hours are Monday through Friday 8-5, but will include evening and weekend work at certain times of year to accomplish crop production activities around weather patterns, especially during the growing season.
Summary of Physical Demands
Lifting of up to 75 pounds is required.
Summary of Health Risks
Work with animals, work in noisy areas, wear a respirator, and physically intensive job.
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