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Ranch Foreman *Havre, MT*

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To apply, please upload your current resume and a document addressing each individual required and preferred qualification.

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Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 17275
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Darrin Boss at (406) 265-6115 or

Classification Title Ranch Foreman
Working Title Ranch Foreman *Havre, MT*
Brief Position Overview

The Ranch/Farm Foreman will be the direct assistant to the Livestock and Farm Operations Managers at Northern Agricultural Research Center in Havre, MT. In conjunction with, and in either person’s absence, the Foreman will make independent decisions regarding all farm and ranch operations at NARC.

Position Number 4M0795
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 Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Minimum of $13.628 per hour
Contract Type Classified Salary
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

This employee will work closely in concert with the Livestock and Farm 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 NARC. This person, in collaboration with Superintendent and the two Operations Managers, will need to prioritize and delegate work orders. The Foreman will interact with research professionals, faculty, the Superintendent and the Department Head in general support of the commodity production, research, and educational programs of the research center and the department.

Duties and Responsibilities

Main responsibilities of this position include:
1. Implementing studies, managing the Cattle Operations including daily feeding, collecting feed samples, processing feedlot rations, determining daily feed rates, and collecting data relative to feedlot research studies.
2. Train and supervise other employees at NARC and, in the absence of the operations manager, make independent decisions regarding the operations of NARC.
3. In collaboration with Operations Managers and Mechanic, assist with shop direction & organization, repair of research equipment and operate and perform daily maintenance of all haying, farming/ranching and heavy equipment at NARC.
4. Participate in all cattle operations at NARC including but not limited to calving, pasture moves, fence and corral maintenance, doctoring and all Livestock Animal Care and Use guidelines at NARC while practicing Low Stress cattle handling techniques.
5. Participate in feedstuff production, seeding, spraying, irrigating and harvesting both irrigated and dryland commodities.

Secondary duties assigned to this position:
1. Maintain and oversee all shop database records and assist with prioritization of equipment scheduling.
2. Plan, execute and perform safety meetings for all employees of NARC on a regular basis, in coordination with both Operations managers.
3. Assist with hiring, directing and supervising all college or temporary employees and prioritize their workloads as this person, the Operations Managers and the Superintendent require.
4. Assist and coordinate with all research projects at NARC as the need arises.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. Two years college or AS degree in Animal Science, Crop Science or Ag Mechanics or related field.
2. Five years documented experience with farm and ranch operations.
3. Experience with both dryland and irrigated hay, small grain, corn silage and forage production.
4. Ability to operate all large, heavy or small equipment typical of farm and ranch operations.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. BS degree in Animal Science, Crop Science or Ag Mechanics or related field.
2. Experience as an Ag or Heavy Equipment mechanic.
3. Previous experience in developing or managing budgets and fiscal accounts.
4. Experience in conducting or collaborating with agricultural research.
5. Documented experience with Low Stress Cattle Handling procedures.
6. Experience and understanding of University purchasing and other guidelines.

The Successful Candidate Will

Have outstanding communication skills both written and oral, both as a leader and a co-worker; have excellent record keeping skills and will be detailed oriented; be self-directed; and be able to make appropriate decisions in the absence or other leadership.

This position is critical to the research effort of NARC. The data must be collected with care and accuracy because the quality of data collected affects final research results. The actions of this individual can affect the public perception of this research facility. 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 local faculty animal and plant scientists and co-workers, frequent contact with the Superintendent and other NARC scientists, and routine contact with other MSU faculty, students, professionals, cooperators, and agricultural producers.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

1. Must have, or be able to obtain, 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.

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

Position requires:
1. Maneuvering parts, equipment, and livestock that weigh up to 150 lbs.
2. Working in extreme temperatures and inclement weather conditions.
3. Walking on slippery or uneven terrain.
4. Working with and around pesticides and dust born particles.
5. Working with and around hazardous machinery that is extremely loud.
6. Handling and working with unpredictable livestock that can cause serious injury.
7. Working livestock while on horseback- must be able to handle horses in and around all ranch environments.
8. Working 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

Posting Detail Information

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Screening of applications will begin on June 26, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To apply, please upload your current resume and a document addressing 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.

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Applicant Documents

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