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Pasture and Hay Field Manager

Employer
Fort Valley State University
Location
Fort Valley, Georgia, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
May 14, 2022

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Forestry
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Job Description
Fort Valley State University, the only 1890 land-grant university in Georgia, is a comprehensive institution that provides an education to over 2,800 students including graduate students. The university is located in the town of Fort Valley in Peach County, the original site of the state's peach industry. Its 1,365-acre (5.52 km2) campus is Georgia's second-largest public university in area.

JOB SUMMARY:

The successful candidate will be responsible for the research activities and day-to-day management of the livestock pastures and hay fields for the College of Agriculture Family Sciences and Technology (CAFST). He/she will apply a wide range of concepts, practices, and procedures from two or more specialized fields of science, such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural economics or agriculture to accomplish the duties. This position is ideal for someone who is motivated, able to prioritize work assignments as they come in, and capable of working without close supervision.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Conduct soil testing, soil amendment, pasture and hay field fertilization as needed
• Seed pastures, cut hay ( including hay baling)
• Maintain and upkeep fences which includes fence lines and alley ways (weed control on
fences)
• Manage the overall daily operations haying for a farm
• Recommend the purchasing of tools, equipment and materials for pasture and hay field
management.
• Demonstrate clear integrity and a sense of ethics and responsibility to the farm and its
employees on a daily basis, serving as a model for others.
• Manage water lines for all animals
• Plan for pasture rotation, determining which specific animal groups will be placed in
particular paddocks, pens, and when and how to time graze in collaboration with other
staff, extension agents and researchers to ensure timely movements of animals.
• Use farm machinery including weighing chute, tractors, trucks, utility vehicles, and
tractor-drawn or mounted implements (loader, manure spreader, rotary mower, mower
conditioner, hay baler, ensilage cutter, feed grinder, post driver, post hole digger), pickup
truck and livestock trailer combination, skid steer loader, and portable welder.

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in agriculture, animal science, agricultural economics, and soil science or other related field is required.
  • Experienced overseeing hay farm operations, skills in operating medium and heavy-duty tractor and a variety of agricultural implements, snow blower, power tools and shop equipment.
  • Able to work independently
  • Friendly and professional demeanor
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills


PREFERRED:

• Operational and management experience in the farming industry preferred
• Familiar with how farm equipment functions
• Planning, scheduling and project management experience preferred
• Hay Storage Management experience preferred
• Computer experience required - full Microsoft Office Suite, Internet experience required at a minimum

WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Overnight travel for training may be required
  • Working outdoors to assisting scientist with animals and or collecting samples
  • Work hours can be uneven and seasonally long during research experiments; work can be hazardous due to the operation of farm equipment and chemical handling; individual should be able to work in a variety of weather conditions.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions; majority of work is outside.
  • Ability to lift 60 lbs. regularly
  • Stand, walk squat, kneel for long periods


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