The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business and Economics; and Education and Professional Studies.
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
This position reports to the UW-River Falls Laboratory Farm Director and will need to work closely with other staff at the Mann Valley Laboratory Farm. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating the management and operations of livestock enterprises at Mann Valley Farm. A significant aspect of this position (UW official title Assistant Faculty Associate) is serving as a supervisor/mentor for student managers of various enterprises on the Mann Valley Laboratory Farm. This includes working with faculty, staff and students to ensure effective management and operations of the livestock enterprises (beef, sheep, swine and poultry) including the St. Croix Valley Bull Test. The Farm Associate will also assist with cropping systems (corn silage, haylage, and corn grain) and with managing and ensuring preventive maintenance and repair of farm machinery and facilities. The individual will coordinate, perform, and assist with daily operations required on a working crop and livestock farm including animal husbandry duties, farm field operations, safely operating and maintaining farm equipment, grinding and mixing feed, and ensure compliance with accepted animal care and welfare and IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) protocols.
We require an individual who can advance the College vision, goals, and objectives by working as part of a team to: 1) provide logistical support for teaching within the college; 2) support faculty and student research; 3) provide student hands-on learning opportunities; and 4) work with faculty to meet safety standards on campus. The University’s expectation is that the successful candidate will spend considerable effort providing high quality active-learning experiences for our students as well as serve as a mentor for student farm workers as they develop their practical agricultural skills.
This position is a full-time permanent position – 40hrs/week. The standard University hours are 7:45-4:30 Monday-Friday. However, this position requires flexibility in scheduling hours to adapt to changing work conditions related to students, laboratory classes and farm needs. There is an expectation of some weekend/evening and holiday work.
Anticipated Appointment date: July 30, 2018. Information about the college and Laboratory Farms can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/CAFES/
Deadline to apply and review of applications will begin on July 20, 2018. Please see the University’s website for the application process, complete position description and qualifications at https://jobs.uwrf.edu
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Livestock Husbandry Management (70%)
Manage and direct operation of the UWRF Laboratory Farm’s livestock enterprises, including beef, sheep, swine, poultry, and the St. Croix Valley Bull Test
Maintain livestock enterprise databases in a timely fashion and/or supervise students performing these tasks
Coordinate daily animal care duties in consultation with farm staff
This includes oversight of feeding operations, manure removal, herd reproduction management, marketing decisions and all other aspects of effective and efficient herd management
Mentor students in hands-on livestock management learning opportunities
Collaborate with the Laboratory Farm’s Lab Manager and faculty members for providing the livestock and equipment required for teaching
Maintain and repair the feed handling, processing and hauling equipment
Maintain and repair other livestock equipment (gates, fences, water fountains, handling chutes, etc.) and facilities.
Regularly communicate and collaborate with faculty, students and the Lab Manager regarding research needs
Ensure compliance with animal care and welfare guidelines, and IUCAC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) rules and regulations
Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by July 20, 2018. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
UW-River Falls does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 715-425-4941.
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