Description of Work
Recruitment Range: $46,203-$78,217
Salary Grade: GN12
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provide services that promote and improve agriculture, agribusiness and forests; protect consumers and businesses; and conserve farmland and natural resources for the prosperity of all North Carolinians. The Department employs approximately 2000 employees.
The Research Stations Division operates 18 research stations across an incredibly diverse range of soils and climate conditions. The Division manages crop and livestock facilities which serve as a platform for statewide agricultural research led by faculty at NC State University (NCSU), NC A&T, USDA-ARS, and other cooperators such as Cooperative Extension, Regional Agronomists, and industry partners.
The primary purpose of all research station employees is to support the mission of the NCDA&CS Research Stations Division: To manage crop and livestock facilities that serve as a platform for agricultural research to make farming more efficient, productive, and profitable while maintaining a sound environment and providing consumers with safe and affordable products.
This position will be located at the Cherry Research Station which has 2200 acres of land located in the Neuse River Basin. The Station is home to the field-based research programs of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). Thirty-five University faculty representing twelve academic departments at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University conduct research programs at Cherry Research Station. Crop research currently focuses on cotton, corn, soybeans, small grains, fruits and vegetables. Crop research is conducted in organic production systems, conventional production, conservation tillage studies, integrated crop/animal systems, agro-forestry, riparian buffer and controlled drainage studies. Research is also conducted in intensive rotational grass based dairy and beef operations and antibiotic-free swine production. There are approximately 1100 acres of cropland, 500 acres of pastures and 500 acres of woodland and facilities involved in this research operation.
This Agricultural Research Superintendent I position serves as the Assistant Superintendent of the Cherry Research Station. In this capacity the individual in the position is responsible for the establishment, implementation, and management of multiple complex research studies related to agricultural production. This position has supervisory responsibility over a team comprised of Agricultural Research Managers, Agricultural Research Specialists, and Agricultural Technicians as well as seasonal and temporary staff. The major functions of this position are to act as the manager for assigned programs and projects, human resources management for assigned staff, overseeing operation and maintenance of assigned assets, oversight of the station safety program, and public relations support to station operations. This position works collaboratively with the Station Superintendent, division program staff, staff of other research stations, and university staff and researchers to sustain and increase research capacity, capabilities, and efficiencies.
Tasks and activities are carried out 365 days a year by subordinate staff and include feed and care for research livestock; milking of dairy cattle; maintaining research records of production, feed consumption and environmental measurements; establishment, maintenance, harvesting, and data collection of research crops and research rotational crops, operate, maintain and clean equipment and facilities; and assist wherever necessary in the conduct of research trials and collection of data.
The individual in this position will be assigned to work extended hours, weekends, and holidays on a rotating basis as work load requires.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
Knowledge of research program methods, principles, implementation and evaluation.
Ability to interpret and implement complex written research protocols.
Demonstrated supervisory and leadership experience with a diverse staff.
Considerable knowledge of agricultural crop and livestock production practices.
Knowledge developing and implementing project budgets.
Computer software skills.
Considerable understanding of the setup, operation, calibration, and maintenance of a variety of equipment used in agricultural research and production.
Knowledge of agricultural facility management.
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision and lead others in a team-oriented environment.
Ability to perform long periods of repetitive reaching, stooping, standing, bending and lifting of 50 lbs.
Ability to perform all essential tasks in adverse weather conditions and in close proximity to livestock.
Must possess or qualify for certification/licensure within six months of employment for the following:
Forklift Driver Certificate
Must possess a valid driver’s license.
Public Pesticide Applicator License
Animal Waste Management System Operator’s License.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree with a major in animal science, crop science, horticulture science, or a related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and three years of progressive experience in general agricultural management, agricultural research or agricultural education; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
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