Farm Manager I

East Lansing MI
Jul 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary
  • Manage the daily operation and maintenance of Sheep Teaching & Research Center to facilitate the teaching, research, and extension missions of the Animal Science Department and maintains active communication with the South Campus Farms Coordinator, Sheep Farm Faculty Coordinator, and Animal Science Chair.


  • Manage the daily care of a highly productive sheep flock including execution of the breeding, health, and nutrition programs. 


  • In coordination with the farm faculty coordinator, plan the feeding and reproductive management programs which consist of an accelerated lambing system and both pasture and mechanized total mixed ration feeding programs.


  • Coordinate flock health program with the MSU farms veterinarian and farm faculty coordinator. 


  • Maintain and evaluate flock health, breeding, and productivity records.


  • Develop a feed budget in coordination with the faculty coordinator and south campus farms general manager and manage feed inventories.


  • Manage costs and prepare reports on farm finances.


  • Purchase and sell livestock.


  • Oversee and assist with the maintenance of buildings and equipment.


  • Manage staff and student employees including interviewing, hiring, evaluations, scheduling and resolving grievances and complaints. 


  • Assume responsibility for health and/or safety of others through training of employees in the safe handling of animals and safe operation of equipment.


  • Work with faculty on the planning and the implementation of teaching of Animal and Veterinary Science-related courses and ensure the availability of animals and facilities for student learning objectives. 


  • Assist faculty and students on research projects ensuring the availability and scheduling of animals and facilities.


  • Assist faculty and extension educators in the execution of extension programs held at the farm.


  • Ability to lift and move equipment, hay and feed of 75 pounds up to 25% of the time.  Walk to examine pastures and animals up to 1.5 miles per day and reaching and bending 10% or more of the time. 

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four year college degree program in Animal Science or related agricultural field; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in supervision, daily farm management (sheep) and knowledge of crops and farm equipment; progressively  more responsible expansive work experience in reproduction of sheep, sheep farming, including the ability to recognize and treat common sheep health problems; knowledge of farm equipment; experience in computer usage for livestock management;  or equivalent combination of education and experience; possession of a valid vehicle operator’s license.

Desired Qualifications

A Master’s degree in animal science or related agricultural field. Specialized livestock management skills with a preference for sheep - specific experience including  execution and/or development of: a pro-active healthcare and biosecurity program, a comprehensive nutritional management program (grazing and mechanized feeding systems), a breeding program, a comprehensive maintenance and improvement program of a modern sheep production facility,electronic record keeping for the farm system (financial, regulatory, animal health and animal and land  productivity), training and coordination of a student and full-time union labor force, and comprehensive support for teaching and research activities. Experience in teaching and training of students at the high school or higher level, experience in research and data handling,experience in developing educational material for and instructing adult and college students, excellent communication skills (written and oral), experience in following University protocols or equivalent regulatory protocols and procedures.


Mechanical and maintenance skills for a variety of farm equipment including but not limited to: tractors, skid steers, feed bins,fencing, basic plumbing and electrical skills.


Experience raising sheep.


Computer skills including fluency in Microsoft Office® products.


Must be able to prioritize,organize and balance the needs of students, research staff, teaching and outreach activities. 

Required Application Materials

Resume/CV, Cover Letter

Work Hours

Work hours to be determined.

Summary of Physical Demands

Ability to lift and move equipment, hay and feed of 75 pounds up to 25% of the time.  Walk to examine pastures and animals up to 1.5 miles per day and reaching and bending 10% or more of the time

Summary of Health Risks

Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue; drive a university vehicle, wear a respirator, operate a forktruck or tractor.

Bidding Eligibility Ends 8/01/2017 at 11:55 PM 

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