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Position Number: 00062085
Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
The department of Animal Science provides academic instruction to undergraduate and graduate students, extension and engagement programs to farmers, and conducts research into the nutrition, genetic, reproductive, health and well-being of domesticated animals.
Essential Job Duties:
The Mountain Livestock Specialist will be expected to develop an extension program designed to enhance livestock production including practices that improve production efficiency while adding value to cattle and small ruminants (as well as other livestock species in pasture-based production systems). The extension program should stress holistic systems management including production, health, marketing, and resource conservation. The Mountain Livestock Specialist will coordinate the Waynesville Central Bull Test, contribute to regional youth livestock programs, and participate in development of an educational focus at the new WNC Regional Livestock Center (http://wncregionallivestockcenter.com  ). The Mountain Livestock Specialist will be expected to contribute their expertise to statewide beef cattle and small ruminant extension programs including participation in livestock agent training, statewide extension activities, and day-to-day support of extension agents. The Mountain Livestock Specialist will also support forage production and grazing management in the Mountain and Piedmont region, so training and/or experience in forages is desired. The Mountain Livestock Specialist will develop an innovative applied research program on the Mountain Research Station and Upper Mountain Research Station (Laurel Springs) that will impact livestock production in the region and compliment their extension program. These two research stations are owned and operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and development of a successful research program will require a close relationship with the staff of that agency. To achieve promotion and tenure the Mountain Livestock Specialist will be expected to develop and maintain strong working relationships with other departmental faculty, local livestock producers, extension agents, agency personnel, community leaders, and faculty at other land-grant universities in the region. They will also be expected to obtain competitive grant funding and produce peer-reviewed extension and research publications.
A PhD degree in Animal Science or a closely related field and experience working with pasture-based livestock production systems is required.
Departmental Required Skills:
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:
Necessary Licenses or Certifications:
A valid North Carolina driver’s license is required within 60 days of start date.
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