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Manager-Farm Operations

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Position Information

Top Message Both current Ohio State employees and the general public may apply for this unclassified professional position.
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Number of Positions Available 1
University Title Manager-Farm Operations
Working Title Hort Crops Research Farm Mgr
Department Wooster Farm Operations
Department Location Wooster
Requisition Number 434485
Summary of Duties

Reporting to the Superintendent of Farm Operations, the Farm Manager manages field operations to implement, maintain and meet objectives for specialty crops research at the Ohio Agricultural Research Development Center (OARDC); collaborates with faculty, staff and students to establish and maintain specialty crops research projects; assists in implementing research in annual and perennial crops, and high tunnel greenhouses with appropriate season extension practices; supervises, hires, trains and evaluates staff and students; performs business and procurement functions for the unit per university guidelines; monitors budget resources and time/effort records; prioritizes and assigns field space for experiments; establishes appropriate crop rotation in non-research fields and implements practices to maintain soil quality; follows protocols to successfully accomplish research objectives; directs and participates in operations to establish experiments; monitors/scouts ongoing research projects for conditions that may impact research results, reports observations and takes appropriate actions; communicates with faculty/staff/students; coordinates labor resources, equipment sharing and daily work schedules with customers to meet demands; maintains detailed operations and field history records and prepares summaries for researchers; assists with research at off-site locations; responsible for coordinating agricultural equipment and facility maintenance, including drainage and irrigation systems; provides input to planning of field days, workshops and other outreach events; makes recommendations to department leadership; markets crops per department and university procedures; provides a safe working environment for team at all times; communicates pesticide re-entry information to faculty and staff; assists with training on specialty crops research practices; works flexible schedule as required by weather, soil, pest and crop conditions; performs other duties as assigned.

Additional Information for Applicants:

Position located in Wooster, Ohio.

Pre Employment Screening Requires the successful completion of a background check.
Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or an equivalent combination of education and experience; experience with farm operations and supervisory experience; excellent communication and collaboration skills; minimum of three years of supervisory experience; proficient in Microsoft Office software programs, Excel, Word, email or equivalent; ability to obtain commercial pesticide applicators license within six months of employment; valid Ohio driver’s license; ability to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis, stoop, kneel and perform physical work.

Desired Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to learn or adapt cultural practices in fruit and vegetable production; skilled in record keeping methods and report preparation; operation and repair of agricultural machinery; knowledge of experimental design in agricultural research

Target Salary $50,000.00 - $55,000.00 Annually
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Job Appointment (FTE%)


Full/Part Time Full-time
Temporary or Regular Regular
Posting Start Date 12/16/2017
Posting End Date 01/28/2018
Dept Contact Name Scaife,Kenneth Lawrence
Dept Contact Phone 330/263-3762
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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Select one box that best represents your number of full years paid employment:
    • Some, but less than one full year of employment
    • 1 full year or more of employment
    • 2 years
    • 3 years
    • 4 years
    • 5 years
    • 6 years
    • 7 years
    • 8 years
    • 9 years
    • 10 or more years
  2. * Select the box that best represents your educational training:
    • Attended school but did not receive high school diploma or GED
    • High school diploma or GED, but no college credit hours
    • Completed less than 45 college credit hours, but did not graduate
    • Completed 45 college credit hours, but did not graduate
    • Completed 90 college credit hours, but did not graduate
    • Completed 135 college credit hours, but did not graduate
    • Completed 180 college credit hours, but did not graduate
    • Completed an Associate's degree
    • Completed a Bachelor's degree
    • Completed a Master's degree or higher
  3. * Are you related in any way to a faculty/staff member in the unit of the position for which you are applying?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * What prompted you to apply for this position at The Ohio State University? Please select an answer below:
    • Referred by personal contact
    • Referred by OSU recruiter
    • Job/Career Fair
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Columbus Dispatch
    • Professional organization
    • HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • Local newspapers
    • Other
  5. * Do you have at least one year of experience with farm operations?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have at least three years of supervisory experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have a valid Ohio driver’s license?
    • Yes
    • No

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Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other