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Tifton Animal Science Farm Manager-FRS/ADS Tifton

University of Georgia
Athens, GA
Closing date
Jun 23, 2024

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Position Information

Classification Title Agriculture/Forestry Professional FLSA Exempt FTE 1.00 Minimum Qualifications

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

* Knowledge of livestock and forage problems, including identification of diseases, parasites and insect pests, weed species, nutrient deficiencies, and methods of prevention and treatment.
* Have and maintain a valid driver's license.
* When on-call, must be able to arrive at the Farm within 20 minutes to address emergency situations.
* Experience with forage establishment, production, and management.

Position Summary

This incumbent is responsible for providing leadership and management at the Tifton Animal Science Farm and supervising full-time and temporary farm staff. Responsibilities include working cooperatively with the FRS Superintendent, ADS Senior Farm Manager and faculty in planning, organizing, directing, implementing, and completing tasks associated with daily operations. Research activities on the farm include small plot to large-scale field trials and animal feeding and grazing trials. This employee will be accountable for promoting the image of the University by maintaining the herd and farm in a neat and attractive manner. Supervisory activities will include training, evaluation, and scheduling work; implementing protocols to ensure proper animal care and health; maintaining animal and forage production; procuring feed ingredients, supplies, and equipment; and supporting research, extension, and instruction activities.

The successful candidate will be required to demonstrate technical competencies with seedbed preparation, planting, management, and harvest of forage crops. Furthermore, as an essential function of this position, the successful candidate will be required to hold and maintain Beef Quality Assurance certifications, a valid Georgia Pesticide Applicators license, and a Class A CDL license. If the successful candidate does not hold these certifications/licenses by their hire date, they will be required to acquire all Beef Quality Assurance certifications within 6 months, a Georgia Pesticide Applicators license within 3 months, and a Class A CDL license within 12 months from their start date of hire.

* The College will provide the successful candidate with full-tuition support and flextime towards their obtainment of a Class A CDL license, which is offered through Southern Regional Technical College. Please go to for more information about the program, application process, and requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

* Previous leadership and/or management experience leading a multi-functional team.
* Knowledge of livestock and forage production management practices required for the feeding and maintenance of beef cattle.
* Ability to organize and prioritize work activities involved in beef production, forage production, and field research work.
* Ability to maintain the farm, research, and beef management records as specified by research faculty and the ADS Senior Farm Manager.
* Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
* Ability to utilize computer technology.
* Be able to work with cattle using low-stress cattle handling and follow Beef Quality Assurance best practices.
* Ability to prioritize, plan, and direct coworkers and the ability to maintain effective working relationships.
* Ability to be flexible and adjust priorities based on weather and research goals.
* Ability to acquire and maintain Beef Quality Assurance certifications within 6 months, a Georgia Pesticide Applicators license within 3 months, and a Class A CDL license within 12 months.
* Demonstrate technical competencies with seedbed preparation, planting, management, and harvest of forage crops.

Physical Demands

* Lift, push and carry up to 75 pounds.
* Work in environmental extremes and outdoor conditions including heat, cold, wet.
* Work around livestock including dust, noise, smells, etc.
* Work varied schedules according to the needs of the farm.
* Driving as needed to perform job duties.

Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? Yes Does this position require a P-Card? Yes Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.

Background Investigation Policy

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website.



Provides oversight and direction to Farm staff, operations, and research programs:

* This is a "working manager" role. Hands-on large animal care, farm operations, including field preparation, planting, and harvesting; and ongoing facilities and equipment maintenance. Additionally, the manager will be expected to ensure that animals are fed on the weekends and on holidays.
* Works cooperatively with the senior management and directs Farm Paraprofessionals to coordinate activities, including forage and livestock production, waste management, irrigation, equipment repairs, animal biosecurity, and research.
* Communicates with faculty members and adheres to research protocols.
* Considers the impact on research and study integrity before making changes to facilities and equipment.
* Using the P-Card, purchases supplies and inventory as necessary for farm operations in coordination with the ADS Senior Farm Manager and FRS Superintendent.
* Engages in positive coaching when directing students and inexperienced support personnel.
* Maintains electronic records, including but not limited to field operations, waste, herd management and P-card Works signoff and transaction logs.

Percentage of time 60 Duties/Responsibilities

Routine Animal Care:

* Provides oversight of routine animal care, such as assessing animal health, administering routine vaccinations, effective treatment of sick/injured animals, and branding/tagging animals.
* Ensures staff and students are knowledgeable and comply with established standards and protocols.
* Provides documentation and immediate corrective action when animal health is in jeopardy.
* Works with FRS Superintendent, ADS Senior Farm Manager, and research teams to develop and improve standard operating procedures.

Percentage of time 30 Duties/Responsibilities


* Works with faculty to facilitate farm visits for industry, ranchers, classes, and field days.
* Complies with all UGA/USG policies, procedures, and training requirements.
* The individual may be asked to assist at the Alapaha Range Grazing Station and Irwinville Bull Test Facility.
* Other responsibilities and duties as assigned.

Percentage of time 10

Contact Information

Recruitment Contact

Contact Details

For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

Recruitment Contact Name Andy Carter Recruitment Contact Email Recruitment Contact Phone

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

* Resume/CV
* Cover Letter
* List of References with Contact Information

Optional Documents

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The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

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