Manager, Farm

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Dec 12, 2020
Full Time - Continuing

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Farm Manager

Job Description:
  • Incumbent practices and fosters team spirit and positive productive working relations with colleagues at NFREC. Supervises and participates in the implementation of complex research procedures such as planting, fertilizing, spraying, irrigation, harvesting and keeping records for field experimentation. Plans and develops objectives, workflows, and deadlines for farm operation. Recommends and implements safety and operating policies and procedures. Prepare and assist the unit faculty in conducting the highest quality of research programs within IFAS.

  • Manages budgets associated with NFREC-Quincy farm.

  • Maintains records of pesticide applications and ensures Center is in compliance with WPS standards. Supervises calibration of equipment and subsequent application of pesticides and fertilizers. Records and maintains records of irrigation water use and fuel consumption.

  • Responsible for assisting in the development, interpretation and implementation of policies and procedures as they apply to assigned areas of responsibility. May recommend changes on policy/procedures as necessary.

  • Coordinates the annual scanning of inventory. Assist with recommendations for equipment purchases.

  • Incumbent meets with NFREC Center Director on a regular basis to discuss the overall administration and operation of farm and service-oriented activities. Direction will be given on an as needed basis.

  • Incumbent instructs and oversees duties of four Agricultural Assistant positions and any OPS employees hired when/as needed. Completes other duties as assigned.

  • Regular scheduled hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 – 5:00 Eastern Time. This employee will be responsible for overseeing any problems that may occur outside the normal 40 hour work week.
  • Employee will work with Faculty to ensure proper handling and management of programmatic areas as developed by faculty.
  • Develops and implements policies on personnel work hours. Sets policies for land use. Interprets policies set forth in center policies and procedures handbook.
  • Frequent public contact. Incumbent will deal with vendors, suppliers, and contractors on a daily or weekly basis; shall assist in provision of tours and inspection visits by clientele, general public, and representative of local, state and federal regulatory agencies, legislators; shall assist in supervision and conduct of one or more field days annually.
  • Incumbent shall have responsibility for management of budgets allocated from the Center’s budget for general farm use and shall assist in the assurance of efficient and judicious use of fuel, electricity and other items of expendable nature.
Expected Salary:

$50,000 - $60,000 annually

Minimum Requirements:
  • High school diploma or equivalent and five years of relevant experience managing an agricultural operation and supervising staff. Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required number of years of experience.
  • Valid Driver License
  • Pesticide License required within 60 days of employment
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences or related areas, and agricultural production and management experience.
  • Experience with diversified agricultural operations that include agronomic, vegetable, fruit and nursery crops is highly desired. Experience with operation and maintenance of agricultural equipment highly desired.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships with others.
  • Ability to understand and effectively follow written experimental protocols.
  • Ability to determine work priorities, assign work. Calibrate and set equipment, and insure proper completion of work assignments.
  • Ability to plan and direct a multi-facet farm-research center operation.
  • Ability to supervise and make data collection, mathematical calculations, and prepare records.
  • Ability to operate and supervise the operation of all farm and research equipment at the Center.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
  • In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.
  • A minimum of three references listed with association to the candidate, email and phone contact information required.
  • Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.
  • Final candidate must agree to a criminal background check prior to final job offer.
  • Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations.
  • Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Health Assessment Required:This position requires a post-offer health assessment prior to final offer by the University. This will require personal time traveling to testing site for assessment.