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Calving Coordinator (Research Asst III) *Havre, MT*

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To apply, please upload your resume and a document detailing how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification.

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 17260
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Darrin Boss at (406) 265-6115 or

Classification Title Research Asst III
Working Title Calving Coordinator (Research Asst III) *Havre, MT*
Brief Position Overview

Responsibilities include calving coordination, daily animal care, research data collection, and maintenance of facilities and equipment for the beef cattle research program at Northern Agricultural Research Center in Havre, MT. This employee will work closely with the Livestock Operations Manager and will help maintain, operate and repair research equipment (tractors, swathers, and other equipment) as necessary.

Position Number 4M0223
Department MAES Northern Agricultural Research Center
Division College of Agriculture/MAES
Appointment Type Classified
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation MPEA
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Minimum of $14.013/hour
Contract Type Classified Salary
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

This position is critical to the research effort of the Animal Science Unit. Animal data must be collected with care and accuracy as the quality of data collected affects final research results. This person will have daily contact with local faculty Animal Scientists and co-workers and various contacts with agricultural producers, MSU faculty, students, professionals and cooperators.

Duties and Responsibilities

Main responsibilities of this position include:
1. Being the lead worker (Calving Coordinator) for data collection and calving protocols and teaching protocols and procedures to other employees and temporary college students
2. Perform farm and ranch labor support of the research programs including routine livestock management procedures without direct supervision.
3. Observe, assist, collect and record data at calving which includes weighing calves, tagging, recording all information, moving to designated pasture and keeping accurate pasture inventories. All data has to be kept up to date daily.
4. Utilize horses for data collection and livestock management plus maintain horses for other researchers.
5. Assist in weighing of all research cattle and assist in feeding of range and feedlot cattle when work schedule allows.
6. Diagnose and treat as necessary disease and sickness in cattle, at times on horseback.
7. Detect and record estrus in cattle for breeding records, postpartum interval and puberty dates, and artificial insemination.
8. Keep detailed technical records for research projects.
9. Operate, maintain and repair all farm or industrial equipment. Swath and bale hay for winter cattle feed, chop corn for silage production utilizing forage harvester, install gated pipe for corn irrigation, and set dams to irrigate hay fields.

Secondary duties assigned to this position:
1. Lead worker (when Feedlot Coordinator is absent) for data collection and F protocols and teaching protocols and procedures to other employees and temporary college students.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. A.S. in agriculture (Beef cattle management, Beef cattle nutrition or similar) and one year full-time cattle operation experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
2. Experience with both dryland and irrigated hay, small grain, corn silage and forage production.
3. Ability to operate all large, heavy or small equipment found at a typical farm or ranch.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. B.S. in agriculture (Beef cattle management, Beef cattle nutrition or similar)
2. Experience as an ag or heavy equipment mechanic.
3. Experience in conducting or collaborating with agricultural research.
4. Documented experience with Low Stress Cattle Handling procedures.

The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will have outstanding communication skills, both written and oral, have excellent record keeping skills and be detailed oriented. They must also be self-directed and be able to make appropriate decisions in the absence of other leadership. 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.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

1. Must have, or be able to obtain with six months of hire, a research and demonstration pesticide license for agricultural plant pests and vertebrate classification.
2. 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.

Physical Demands

With or without reasonable accommodation; the person in this position must be able to:
1. Maneuver parts, equipment, and livestock that weigh up to 150 lbs.
2. Work in extreme temperatures and inclement weather conditions.
3. Navigate on slippery or uneven terrain.
4. Work with and around pesticides and dust-born particles.
5. Work with and around hazardous machinery that is extremely loud.
6. Handle and work with unpredictable livestock that can cause serious injury.
7. Work livestock while on horseback and be able to handle horses in and around all ranch environments.
8. Work in elevated positions (example: 90’ elevator legs or large grain bins).

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on June 12, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To apply, please upload your resume and a document detailing how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Response to Each Required and Preferred Qualification
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