The Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University seeks applicants for an Agricultural Specialist I position at the Beef Nutrition Farm.
This position serves under the direction of the Superintendent of the Beef Nutrition Farm. This position is responsible for working with the Farm Manager regarding the day-to-day operations of the Beef Nutrition Farm as well as for research oversight; research diet quality control; maintenance of research data integrity; collaboration with project investigators on research protocols; and oversight of daily beef care.
In this role, the position is responsible for executing the short and long term business plans, driving the research needs forward and working with the manager to ensure success. The position is required to optimize the farms performance and collaborate effectively with PI’s and Graduate Students. Duties also include: maintaining building and facilities in a safe and appropriate manner; evaluating risk management activities; maintaining inventory control; developing preventative maintenance schedules; coordinating major maintenance and repairs; and collaborating with vendors.
The successful candidate will possess a high level of business acumen in addition to agriculture knowledge in the areas of animal science, veterinary science, forage production, machinery operations and animal husbandry including disease management, nutrition, and behavior. Project and construction management, information technology, effective oral and written communication, mentoring, teamwork and time-management skills are essential in meeting the expectations of this position.
All staff members are expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethics. This is a full-time position. The incumbent must be a motivated self-starter and have the ability to work varying schedules which might include evenings, weekends, and some holidays. Work hours may vary and change based on farm requirements and weather conditions.
This is a regular position with a term appointment, all accrued vacation must be used during term of appointment or will be forfeited.
The University is in the process of implementing a new classification and compensation structure. The impending change is expected to be completed by Fall 2020. Any P&S employee hired through this posting may be assigned a new title and associated pay grade upon the employment start date (and after the initial offer), commensurate with qualifications required for the position. The duties and responsibilities of the posted position, in addition to compensation offered, will not be affected by this process.