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Montana State University Livestock Operations Mgr/Town Livestock Foreman in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21064

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Pat Hatfield at 406-994-4850 or

Classification Title Research/Lab Mgr

Working Title Livestock Operations Mgr/Town Livestock Foreman

Brief Position Overview

Animal & Range Sciences has two available positions at their research farms. We are looking for two candidates to provide leadership and assistance in the roles of Livestock Operations Manager and Town Livestock Foreman.

Position Number 4M0847 (Foreman) 4M0020 (Manager)

Department Animal & Range Sciences

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Classified

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 Classified Salary

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The two positions function as follows:

The Livestock Operations Manager will work closely with the Farm Operations Manager, Equine Program Manager, Animal and Range Sciences Department Head, College of Ag faculty, and livestock operations personnel in defining and overseeing the day-to-day agricultural operations management activities, within overall budgetary limits, along with daily assignments of permanent and temporary employees at BART, Fort Ellis, and the Red Bluff Research Ranch. This person, in collaboration with the department head and other involved faculty will need to prioritize and delegate work orders. The Livestock Operations Manager will interact with research professionals, faculty, graduate students, and the department head in general support of the commodity production, research, and educational programs of the college and department.

The Town Livestock Foreman will work closely with the Livestock Operations Manager in carrying out day-to-day agricultural operations management activities, within overall budgetary limits, along with daily assignments of permanent and temporary employees at BART, Fort Ellis and Lutz. This person, in collaboration with the department head, livestock operations manager, Red Bluff Research Ranch Foreman, Equine Operations Foreman, and other full and part time staff, will need to prioritize and delegate work orders. The Town Foreman will interact with research professionals, faculty, graduate students and the Department Head in general support of the department.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Participate and oversee employees whose primary responsibilities are animal health, well-being, and feeding and ensure that Agricultural Animal Care and Use Committee (AACUC) protocols are practiced and updated as needed.

  • Oversee livestock facility operations, maintenance, and improvements.

  • Hire and supervise permanent and part time staff as needed.

  • Work closely with faculty, Town, Red Bluff, and Equine foreman to make culling and replacement decisions for cattle, horse, and sheep breeding herds

  • Willingness to work flexible hours.

  • Oversee all individuals on the livestock operations staff on keeping accurate records of animal inventory, animal health, hay production and use, supplements fed, and equipment use and maintenance.

  • Develop appropriate feeding and grazing protocols for livestock not directly involved and managed under an Animal Use Agreement (AUA) research project

  • Coordinate animal, facility, and pasture use among all involved parties.

  • Train and supervise other employees.

  • In collaboration with the 3 foreman under direct supervision, assist with shop direction and organization, repair of research equipment, and operate and perform maintenance and repair of all haying, farming/ranching, and heavy equipment.

  • Oversee and participate in all cattle and sheep operations including but not limited to calving, lambing, breeding, weaning, pasture moves, fence and corral maintenance, doctoring, and AACUC guidelines at MSU facilities while practicing low stress livestock handling techniques.

  • Oversee and participate in feedstuff production, seeding, spraying, irrigating, and harvesting both irrigated and dryland hay.

  • Maintain and oversee all shop database records and assist with prioritization of equipment scheduling, maintenance, and repair.

  • Plan, execute and perform safety meetings for all livestock operations employees on a regular basis.

  • Provide leadership for hiring, directing and supervising all college or temporary employees and prioritize their workloads.

  • Provide leadership for coordination of all research projects as needed.

  • Assist Equine Program Manager with animal care, feed, and equipment needs.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • B.S. in Animal or Range Sciences or closely related field. or an equivalent amount of applicable experience.

  • Demonstrated experience with cattle and sheep handling, behavior, husbandry, and modern management knowledge and skills.

  • Demonstrated experience managing and operating facilities and equipment.

  • Experience in managing budgets and in establishing and maintaining detailed records.

  • Demonstrated competence in identifying and treating illness and disease in sheep and cattle.

  • Experience in range and pasture management and monitoring.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • MS degree in Animal or Range Sciences or closely related field.

  • Experience with livestock, range, and forage research programs and operations such as; artificial insemination, synchronization of heat techniques, and pregnancy diagnosis.

  • Experience in coordinating maintenance schedules and repairing of farm and ranch equipment with proficiency including welding, metal, and wood work.

  • Demonstrated experience team leadership and ranch management with a focus on supervising and directing personnel.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have outstanding communication skills, both written and oral.

  • Competence in Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Have experience working with minimal supervision to meet deadlines and obligations both as a leader and a co-worker.

  • Be self-directed; and be able to make appropriate decisions in the absence of other leadership.

This position is critical to the research, teaching, and extension effort of the Department of Animal and Range Sciences and the College of Agriculture. The actions of this individual can affect the public perception of the department and the college. The individual hired for this position will have demonstrated the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and the public and will have demonstrated the ability to represent MSU in a productive, professional and courteous manner. This person will have daily contact with co-workers, frequent contact with the Department Head and Animal and Range Sciences Faculty and graduate students, and routine contact with other MSU faculty, students, professionals, cooperators, and agricultural producers.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Must have, or be able to obtain, a research and demonstration pesticide license for agricultural plant pests and vertebrate classification.

  • Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points) as occasional travel will be required.

  • Have or willingness to get a CDL.

  • Willingness to work flexible hours.

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

With or without reasonable accommodation; the person in this position must be able to:

  • Move parts, equipment, and livestock that weigh up to 150 lbs.

  • Work in extreme temperatures and inclement weather conditions.

  • Move on slippery or uneven terrain.

  • Work with and around pesticides and dust born particles.

  • Work with and around hazardous machinery that is extremely loud.

  • Handle and work with unpredictable livestock that can cause serious injury.

  • Work in elevated positions (example: 90’ elevator legs or large grain bins).

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

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Number of Vacancies 2

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on 10/16/2020 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: .