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Interim Farm Manager

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment supports research and statewide outreach education in cooperation with academic departments at UMass Amherst. In addition to its program units (Mass. Agricultural Experiment Station, UMass Extension, Mass. Water Resources Research Center), the Center manages four farms for research and educational purposes, all within 14 miles of campus. They are: Crops and Animal Research and Education Center in South Deerfield, Hadley Farm Livestock and Equine Research and Education Center in Hadley, Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center (tree and small fruit) in Belchertown, and the Joseph Troll Turf Research Center in South Deerfield.

Manager will support the research and public service mission of the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (CAFE) in the College of Natural Sciences, by managing and supporting activities pertaining to teaching, research and outreach on the four UMass Amherst research/education farms.  Oversee operations of the farms including production activities, maintenance, and fiscal management of these facilities and the hiring, management and supervision of farm employees. 

This is a temporary one-year position with the possibility of renewal based on unit reorganization plans and needs assessment.

Farm Manager is expected to:

  • Ensure effective farm operations.  Oversee farms; supervise and provide overall team leadership for designated staff.  Recommend staff needs; hire, train and evaluate staff.  Assess the effectiveness and efficiency of unit operations and develop and implement policies and procedures to improve service and productivity.  Enhance cooperation and coordination between the farms.  Work collaboratively with appropriate departments and coordinate all events scheduled at the facilities.
  • Ensure effective fiscal operations of the farms.  Develop a schedule for and direct maintenance of facilities and equipment.  Recommend, select an approve purchases of new equipment and supplies.  Manage units to operate efficiently and effectively within approved budgets.
  • Ensure effective research, teaching and public service operations of the four UMass Amherst research/education farms.  Act as a liaison between faculty and staff to enhance research projects and Extension activities.  Work in consultation with faculty to organize, coordinate and prioritize research, outreach and teaching activities at the farm sites; participate in the review of research proposals requesting use of farm facilities.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with all relevant federal, state and University policies.  Assure compliance with all regulatory agencies.
  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.
  • Maintain certifications on restricted pesticides and ensure that all pesticides are used according to their directions and by certified personnel.  Ensure all staff are given proper training and instructions to perform work in a safe manner.
  • Required to work some night and weekends.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, biological, engineering, education or business management or related field, plus three years of farm management experience, including supervision of multiple staff is required.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Ability to manage budgets.
  • Knowledge of safety procedures and operations for farm equipment; ability to operate and maintain farm equipment.
  • Proficient with word processing, spreadsheets, and database management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain diverse schedule of activities at various locations on and off-campus.

Preferred Requirements:

  •  Academic experience in agriculture research and Extension.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Driver’s license required upon hire.
  • Massachusetts private pesticide certification in one of the following:  vegetable, small fruit, tree fruit, dairy-livestock required within 120 days of hire.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF SALARY ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM POSITION LEVEL 28

The annual salary range is $51,000-64,000 (commensurate with skills and experience) with full benefits.  Normal starting salary range $51,000-$57,500.

For more information see:  http://www.umass.edu/humres/sites/default/files/2015%20PSU%20Salary%20Sc...

The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, the University of Massachusetts is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statues, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of February 1, 2017 in order to ensure consideration.  Search will remain open until position is filled.  To apply provide a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references. Please apply at: http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=80292

On-Campus applicants are defined as Amherst Campus non-student employees


Faculty Position: Director of the UMass Cranberry Station

The University of Massachusetts Cranberry Station is seeking an experienced scientist, innovative leader and Extension educator for a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure appointment as Extension Associate or Full Professor and Director of the Station.  This position is located in East Wareham, near Cape Cod.  The UMass Cranberry Station is a research and extension facility and is associated with the UMass Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment in the College of Natural Sciences. 

The UMass Cranberry Station has a long history of partnership with and service to the cranberry growers of the Commonwealth.  Cranberries are a leading agricultural crop in Massachusetts, providing nearly a third of the world’s supply of cranberries. The UMass Cranberry Station (/cranberry) emphasizes collaboration with our partners in industry and government and has a commitment to serve a diverse population, including over 300 cranberry growers, professional practitioners, and the broader public. 

The Director of the UMass Cranberry Station will provide: 1) vision, support, and coordination in planning, developing and implement­ing departmental programs in research and extension in accord with the Land Grant Mission; 2) lead­ership in recruiting and fostering academic growth and professional development of faculty, staff, and students; 3) administration of human and financial resources; and 4) promotion of external funding opportu­nities.

The Station Director is expected to:

  • Provide vision, support, and coordination in planning, developing and implement­ing departmental programs in research and extension in accord with the Land Grant Mission.
  • Represent the interests of the Station and its faculty with campus administrators, other departments and units, stakeholder groups, and outside agencies.
  • Create and maintain productive working relationships with the cranberry industry and state agencies to establish priorities that reflect current needs of the industry.
  • Report unit status and progress to the Station's Board of Public Oversight.
  • Promote and secure external funding opportu­nities to support the programs of the Station, including supporting his/her own research program.
  • Maintain a rigorous research and extension program, in a discipline that supports the cranberry industry.
  • Recruit faculty, staff, and students, assess their performance, and foster their academic growth and professional development.
  • Oversee the management of the Station, including human and financial resources.

Job Requirements:

  • An earned doctorate in an applied biological field, including, but not limited to horticulture, plant nutrition, soil science, weed science, plant pathology, entomology, agricultural engineering or a related disci­pline.
  • A record of scholarly achievement and pro­fessional activities related to research, exten­sion and outreach and demonstrated ability to obtain and direct grant and/or industry-funded research.
  • Effective administrative leadership and managerial skills in project management and evaluation such as defining objectives, strategy development and implementation, and impact assessment; budget planning; and management of human, financial, and physical resources.
  • Evidence of effective leadership skills and the ability to create a motivating and inclusive work environment, promote teamwork and collaborations, pursue innovative partnerships and entrepre­neurial opportunities, generate funds in support of research and extension, and facilitate mentoring of colleagues and students.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with students, faculty, staff, and campus administrators as well as external stakeholders.
  • Interest in outreach to industry and en­gagement with diverse groups.
  • Strong support of and understanding of the mission of a Land Grant university.

Please apply online at: http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=78356.

Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.  Candidates should provide the following in their application package:  1) cover letter, 2) current curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research and extension, and 4) contact information for three references who can comment on the candidate’s leadership, research, and extension abilities.  

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.