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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 802067
Work type: Support Staff
Personnel Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Pay Grade: 12
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Plant Soil And Microbial Sciences 40000781
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Agriculture, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Position Summary

The Farm Assistant Manager will assist the Farm Manager with operation of the MSU Agronomy Farm to achieve the research, teaching, and outreach goals including but no limited to the following;

Farm operation

  • Assist with coordination of land, equipment, irrigation, and building use
  • Coordinate with research faculty and research technicians for proper research plot maintenance
  • Maintain and operate Wilmar sprayer to apply pesticides as requested by researchers  
  • Manage rotational fields (fields that are not currently used for research)
  • Conduct tours of research farm/facilities to provide information and promote public relations

Maintenance activities 

  • Inspect equipment and facilities; make recommendations for service or repairs
  • Service and maintain farm machinery and other equipment; may include fabrication of specialized equipment or working with outside vendors
  • Service and maintain farm trucks and trailers; work with vendors as needed
  • Source and maintain inventory of agricultural and shop supplies
  • Assist with development of equipment replacement plan

Safety and training 

  • Participate in supervising farm users to enforce safety rules, code, and regulations
  • Central Notification, in addition to training, posting and records for Workers protection Safety.
  • Worker protection standard training, posting at central notification, and pesticide record retention
  • Train forklift and tractor operators
  • Assist with development of standard operating procedures for equipment at farm
  • Foster a safe environment in shop area
  • Coordinate safety training as required by MSU environmental health and safety


  • Maintain equipment service records
  • Track expenses related to equipment maintenance, shop supplies, and parts

Supervise and train student and on-call labor

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

  • Knowledge equivalent to that which is normally acquired by completing a four-year degree program in animal science, agriculture, crop and soil science, or related discipline
  • One to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in all areas of farm work and/or crop production
  • Unrestricted, Class A commercial driver’s license
  • Commercial pesticide applicators license with category 1A, field crops

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Cover Letter


3 Professional References

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

For more information please contact Mike Particka (

Work Hours


Description of End Date

This is an off dated position funded for one year from date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

Summary of Physical Demands

Lifting up to 50lb of the following from floor/waist height (1 hour average)

  • Bags of seed to fill planter
  • Seed and chemical containers into truck
  • Chemical Jugs for ill sprayer

Carrying up to 50lb of the following a distance of 60 feet (1 hour average)

  • Bags of seed to fill planter
  • Seed and chemical containers into truck
  • Chemical Jugs for ill sprayer

Pushing/Pulling a Pallet Jack with a load weight of up to 1000lbs a maximum distance of 400 feet over surfaces that may be flat, smooth, or have some bumps(1 hour average)

Climbing A-Frame latter carrying 10 lbs

Climbing Stairs carrying approximately 25lbs

Summary of Health Risks

Drive a university vehicle, which requires a commercial driver’s license:

o             VEHICLES:

  • Having a gross vehicle weight or weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more.


  • Towing a trailer or other vehicles with a GVWR of 10,001 pounds or more and a gross combination weight or weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more.

o             ANY VEHICLES:

  • Designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation.
  • Designed to transport 16 or more people (including the driver).
  • Carrying hazardous materials in amounts requiring placards.

Drive a university vehicle that does not require a commercial driver’s license but does require medical certification:

o             VEHICLES:

  • Have a gross vehicle weight or weight rating (GVWR) of 10,001 pounds or more but less than 26,001 pounds.


  • Having a combined gross vehicle weight or weight rating (GVWR) of 10,001 pounds.


  • Wear a respirator (does not include paper dust mask worn for comfort)


  •  Spray or mix organophosphate or carbamate insecticides.


  • Work in noisy (at or above 85 decibels) areas.

Bidding Eligibility ends August 23, 2022 at 11:55 PM

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