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Montana State University Farm Mechanic *Moccasin, MT* in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21213

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Patrick Carr at 406-423-5421 or

Classification Title Farm Mech

Working Title Farm Mechanic Moccasin, MT

Brief Position Overview

The farm mechanic will be responsible for maintaining and repairing farm equipment from small-plot to commercial field scale, assisting the farm operations manager in field-related agronomy activities as needed, and in executing research center operational tasks. The farm mechanic will work and interact effectively and cooperatively with faculty, research and administrative professionals, and part time employees in support of the mission of the CARC and the Department of Research Centers and is expected to execute her/his duties in a professional, friendly and courteous manner.

Position Number 4M0879

Department AES CARC

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type Classified Salary

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

This position is located at the Central Agricultural Research Center ( CARC ), one of seven off-campus research centers in the Department of Research Centers. The mission of the Department of Research Centers is to conduct scientific investigations pertaining to agriculture and natural resources, and to disseminate the results of this research to farmers, scientists, and others interested in agricultural related research. Knowledge generated by the Department of Research Centers benefits Montana agriculture and the scientific community at local, state and national levels.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under limited supervision, the farm mechanic:

  • Performs maintenance and repair on farming equipment.

  • Assists the Farm Operations Manager in field-related agronomy activities as needed, including, but not limited to, planting, pesticide spraying, and harvesting of forage, grain, and seed crops.

  • Carries out maintenance and physical plant repairs to buildings, water works, fences, and grounds, as needed.

  • Assists in researching capital equipment acquisitions and making purchase recommendations to the farm operations manager and superintendent, and participates in short- and long-term strategic planning.

  • Helps train and manage seasonal hourly employees affiliated with farm operations.

  • Assists in training all full- and part-time employees on the safe operation and use of equipment.

  • Enforces departmental and center policies, procedures and protocols regarding safe equipment operation.

  • Maintains research and farm equipment records, and related inventories, including computerized records on equipment usage, maintenance, repairs, and related inventory items.

  • Assists in keeping necessary inventories current, and in ordering fertilizer, seeds and pesticide requirements, as well as materials, parts and supplies needed for maintenance and to effect repairs on equipment and the station physical plant, pending budgetary approval by the superintendent.

  • Develops replacement timelines for the acquisition of new equipment, conducts research on manufacturers and costs, and articulates recommendations to the farm operations manager and superintendent.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Associate degree in Agricultural Mechanics or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • Must be able to operate, repair, and maintain all types of equipment found on a modern research and commercial farm (e.g., large and small diesel and gas tractors).

  • Experience working on a modern, mechanized, research or commercial farm.

  • Experience in both including arc and acetylene welding.

  • Experience and knowledge in the safe and effective operation, calibration, maintenance and repair of various types of research equipment including research-scaledrills, combines, and sprayers.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor degree in Agricultural Mechanized or related field.

  • Demonstrated carpentry, plumbing and electrical skills.

  • Supervisory experience of part- and full-time employees.

  • Experience working at an agricultural field research facility and on a dryland Montana farm.

  • Experience working as part of a team or work unit.

    The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will:

  • Have experience working with the Microsoft Office suite of software (e.g., MS Excel).

  • Be an enthusiastic, motivated individual who works as a team member in support of the mission of the CARC .

  • Have the ability to follow instructions and work cooperatively with others, as well as independently.

  • Have the ability to learn new skills and carry out the duties of the position in an efficient manner.

  • Be able to communicate effectively with faculty, researchers, staff, and students.

  • Have excellent organizational skills, and be a critical thinker who can effectively prioritize and manage several projects at once.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points). Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

  • A Montana Pesticide Applicator’s License, or be eligible and able to obtain one within 6 months of date of hire.

  • This position requires an ability to operate diesel and gas-powered equipment that includes large four-wheel drive tractors as well as smaller equipment, haying equipment, mechanized harvesters, forklifts, and other equipment found on a modern commercial and research farm.

  • Occasional work on weekends or evenings may be required.

  • Some in-state travel may be required

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

  • Maneuver and transport items up to 75+ lbs.

  • Work in extreme temperature and weather conditions.

  • Work with and around pesticides and pollen-bearing crops.

  • Work in, under and around heavy machinery and loud equipment.

  • Work in elevated positions (e.g. on ladders, combines) and enter/exit farm equipment safely.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on 04/09/2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To apply, upload your resume and a cover letter outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .