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Montana State University Farm Operations Manager – Western Triangle Ag Research Center (WTARC) in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21057

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Justin Vetch at 406-278-7707 or

Classification Title Managing Director

Working Title Farm Operations Manager – Western Triangle Ag Research Center (WTARC)

Brief Position Overview

The Farm Operations Manager (FOM) at the Western Triangle Ag Research Center (WTARC) will work closely and in concert with the Superintendent, Department Head, on-site faculty, other cooperating faculty as well as professionals in executing research and education efforts at the center. This position is expected to work primarily independently. It is responsible for daily supervision of classified employees and student labor, and for maintenance of WTARC facilities and will be the primary liaison for all crop related activities and projects.

Position Number 4C1635

Department AES WTARC

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

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

  • Plan space allocations between on-site and off-site faculty & staff, research, education programming, preparation, management, and direction of programming in the absence of the PI for all crop-related research actives.

  • Manage day-to-day, agricultural operations activities at the center; working in concert with the Superintendent, other faculty, and professional staff.

  • Work closely with collaborators in foundation seed and commodity crop production.

  • Maintain soil nutrient inventories 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 chemical inventory at the WTARC and apply all controls for rodent pests in crop fields and facilities at the WTARC.

  • Plan and coordinate the timely custom planting, management, and harvesting of commodity crops, as appropriate.

  • Coordinate with superintendent to facilitate safety training for all faculty and staff at the WTARC, facility inspections, worker protection standards and other safety related training and education.

  • Maintenance and repair of WTARC vehicles and equipment including all research equipment; and coordinate the use and maintenance of shop facilities.

  • Maintain, repair and oversee all WTARC facilities and grounds.

  • Be responsible along with Superintendent for fiscal budget development and expenditures as well as 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 field crop research.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrated experience in managing budgets.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master of Science in an agriculture-related field.

  • Demonstrated supervisory experience.

  • Documented hands-on experience with precision 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.

  • Position requires seasonal weekend and/or evening hours in conjunction with farming activities.

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

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on 10/07/2020 ; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To be considered for this position, please upload your current resume or CV and a document outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .