Farm Coordinator and Instructor - WVU Keyser

West Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 13, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Potomac State College, part of the WVU system of campuses located in Keyser, WV, is currently seeking applicants for a Farm Coordinator/Instructor. This position is to direct the daily operations of the WVU Potomac State College Malone Farm with the objective to provide supervision and quality care and maintenance of animals, farm equipment and physical facilities that are used in routine management of the farm unit for food production, teaching, research and outreach activities that are part of the mission of WVU and Potomac State College.

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:

  • Provide direction for daily management and care of animals, crops and facilities in support of teaching, research and outreach missions of Potomac State College of WVU. Include those activities necessary for nutritional, health, housing, and production management of food animal species (beef), consistent with the standards established and monitored by the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC), Environmental Health and Safety and Bio-security guidelines. Compliance with these standards requires that all farm workers, supervisors and managers complete appropriate training and testing.
  • Implement instruction, research and demonstration programs for the farms in cooperation with Agriculture and Forestry faculty and staff. Requires travel outside Fort Ashby and Keyser for meetings, conferences, workshops (i.e.staff meetings, etc.). Also formulates and implements both operations (fiscal) and capital improvement budgets for this farm in cooperation with the assigned Potomac State administrator. Require experience and background to anticipate sales income as well as estimating what the operation costs will be. This includes marketing of animals, animal products and crops and estimating per diem costs for research. Authorize purchases for supplies and equipment for the farms. Remain responsible for maintenance and care of all physical facilities and equipment on the farms and plans for replacement of facilities and equipment at the farm unit.
  • Assume the overall day-to-day responsibility for operations of the farm. Remain responsible for operations and animal programs for beef and cropping systems. Maintain regular communication with the assigned college administrator to obtain information in which to make decisions and to inform them of planned activities. Perform security function for the farm property. Position also oversees any and all student engagement, as well as student-workers assigned to the Malone farm. Maintain a safe and educational workplace for all students and visitors to the farm. The incumbent will also perform periodic assistance as needed on WVU / PSC owned properties, including on campus, the PSC Gustafson and Deremer Farms, and Equine Arena as needed.
  • Teach 3 - 6 contact hours per semester. Courses will range from animal science, animal husbandry, various SAGE courses, field experience courses, and any other ag-related courses needed to assist the mission of the Agriculture program at WVU Potomac State College. All necessary responsibilities associated with teaching these courses are expected; class preparation, lecture based and hands-on (lab) instruction, delivering assignments and testing, and to appropriately grade and support all students in their academic goals.
  • Serve as a public relations agent for the farm units and the College. This includes field day activities, and farm visits from students, student groups, recruitment efforts and community groups.
  • Serve as a member of some committees in the college, some community association groups and occasionally on State-wide committees and consultant on equipment and animal concerns by citizens on as needed basis.

Qualifications :

  • Master’s Degree in Animal Science or General Agriculture required.
  • Three (3) years of experience in the following:
    • Management of all facets of operations on the PSC Malone Farm.
    • Budget planning and implementation.
    • Supervision.
    • Public relations.
  • Valid Driver's License required to drive state vehicles. Pesticide application and CDL license may be required.
  • Must have a proven ability to supervise student-workers, and have knowledge of best management agricultural practices
  • Must have a knowledge of appropriate college, university, state and federal guidelines
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry standards and practices and modern conservation methods and cropping.
  • Knowledge of basic research principles – data collection, design and analysis
  • Must have proven ability to work independently and make knowledgeable decisions.
  • Must have communication skills, verbal and written, for communication with faculty, staff, students and the general public.
  • Will require maintenance of records for reports and supporting data.
  • Must have ability to create and finalize budget plans and implement plan for all farm units
  • Must have ability to create and follow plans for farm operations-to include but not limited to breeding, herd health, conservation and cropping programs, feeding programs, etc.
  • Must have proven ability in handling and restraining all animal species.
  • Must have proven ability to assist in some surgical procedures and administer medications and vaccinations to animals, independently of a veterinarian.
  • Ability to lift, carry and unload supplies and materials.
  • Ability to follow safety procedures, precautions and guidelines. Will include wearing required clothing, masks and equipment. Will also require incumbent to be able to recognize normal occupational hazards and meet safety requirements.
  • Ability to provide security services for facilities.
  • Ability to use computer and various programs.
  • Ability to work on holidays and weekends during emergencies to provide for care and feeding of animals.
  • Ability to regularly work beyond the normal 8-4:30 shift. Will often exceed 8 hours per day.
  • Must be able to lift, push or pull 50 pounds or use specific equipment and tools daily.
  • Must be able to safely and effectively work with and around livestock animals of all kinds daily.
  • Must be able to work in all types of weather / weather conditions daily.

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.