Farm Supervisor

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Jun 25, 2024
Full Time - Continuing

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Farm Supervisor

Job Description:

This position will serve directly under and report to the Academic Programs Specialist/Farm Manager. The Farm Supervisor will be responsible for assisting the Farm Manager with the day-to-day operations of the Equine Sciences Center and Horse Teaching Unit and working directly with the farm crews. This individual will be key in decision making when the Farm Manager is unavailable. Both the manager and supervisor will work closely together to plan improvement projects and help both units support the teaching, research and extension functions of the department. The Farm Supervisor will have a general understanding of the farm budget to help monitor farm expenditures on a weekly basis. It is expected that this individual will have a strong background in equine reproduction and will participate with the CVM and the Farm Manager to ensure that the breeding program is optimized.

Essential functions of the position include:

- Organize, direct, and directly participate with farm personnel in the daily care and maintenance of the Center’s animals, facilities and grounds.
- Supervises and maintains proper farm safety and sanitary conditions in accordance with the Division of Environmental Health and Safety/Occupational and Research Safety.
- Work with the Farm Manager to breed mares and manage the foal crop.
- Work with the Farm Manager to liaise with IFAS Facilities Planning and Operations on the maintenance and renovation of the Center’s facilities.
- Assist with the unit’s forage production
- Supervise the unit mechanic in the repair and maintenance of farm equipment
- Assist with classes
- Serve as operational instructor for new employees, laborers, and volunteers.
- Provide customer service to prospective horse buyers and donors of the Equine Sciences Program.

- Work in adverse or inclement weather including heat, cold, rain, etc.

Normal Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday 7:00am until 4:00pm or 8:00am until 5:00pm. Some nights and weekends will be required. Employee will be asked to adjust schedule to meet operational requirements. This is an essential position.

Expected Salary:

$47,000 annually

This is a full-time staff position that comes with a full benefits package. If eligible, employees can also receive tuition assistance through the Employee Education Program.

Minimum Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent and three years of experience working on an agricultural operation, including supervision of others. Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required years of experience.

Valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in the supervision of employees

  • B.S. degree in Animal Sciences or related field

  • Ability to effectively communicate with employees, faculty, students and other stakeholders both verbally and in written form

  • Proven ability to work within a team and independently

  • Extensive experience handling horses and livestock

  • Computer skills: Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.

  • Experience operating and maintaining farm equipment

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and excellent interpersonal skills

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the equine industry

  • Ability to perform cost analysis and negotiate price structures for upcoming projects

  • Knowledge of forage production

  • Knowledge of facility maintenance

  • Knowledge and experience in the breeding management of broodmares

  • Knowledge of foal care

  • Successful candidates should be committed to working with diverse student and community populations.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: Yes; must be able to lift up to 60 lbs.