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Montana State University Red Bluff Foreman in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21060

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Pat Hatfield at 406-994-4850 or

Classification Title Research/Lab Mgr

Working Title Red Bluff Foreman

Brief Position Overview

Oversee operations of approximately 12,000 acres of agricultural land, facilities and livestock (cattle, sheep, and horses) used in the research and educational activities conducted at the Red Bluff Research Facility near Norris, MT.

Position Number 4M0002

Department Animal & Range Sciences

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

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

Under the supervision of the Animal Operations Manager, oversee operations of approximately 12,000 acres of agricultural land, facilities and livestock (cattle, sheep, and horses) used in the research and educational activities conducted at the Red Bluff Research Facility. Interact effectively with the Animal and Range Science Department Head, the Animal Operations Manager, faculty, staff, students, and constituents in support of the research and education programs of the College.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Care and monitoring of all livestock:

  • Lambing out 700 ewes and calving out 150 cows annually.

  • breeding, weaning, pasture moves, fence and corral maintenance, and doctoring.

  • follow AACUC guidelines at MSU facilities while practicing low stress livestock handling techniques.

  • Hiring, training, and supervising all Red Bluff Research Facility personnel.

  • Coordinating use, maintenance, and repair of equipment and facilities.

  • Coordinating research and educational activities as described in oral and written protocols.

  • Understanding, improving, and monitoring range and riparian conditions at the Red Bluff.

  • Communicating effectively with researchers, educators, and the general public

  • Work as needed at BART for haying and other duties

  • Lead Red Bluff livestock facility operations, maintenance, and improvements:

  • Work with livestock operations manager, as well as Equine, Sheep, and Town Foremen to plan and conduct labor needs, to accomplish overall livestock projects and goals.

  • Keep accurate production records on animals as well as hay and purchased feedstuffs.

  • Develop appropriate livestock feeding protocols and keep accurate records of harvested feeds and supplements fed.

  • Ensure that animal use agreements are being followed.

  • Participate in feedstuff production, seeding, spraying, irrigating, and harvesting both irrigated and dryland hay.

  • Maintain and oversee all shop database records and assist with prioritization of equipment scheduling, maintenance, and repair.

  • Assist livestock operations manager to plan, execute, and perform safety meetings for all livestock operations employees on a regular basis. **Assist and coordinate with all research projects as the need arises.

  • Other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree. in Animal or Range Sciences or a closely related field. an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • Experience in managing budgets, as well as establishing and maintaining records.

  • Demonstrated competence in identifying and treating illness and disease in sheep and cattle.

  • Experience in range and pasture management and monitoring.

  • Demonstrated experience with cattle and sheep calving and lambing, handling, behavior, husbandry, and modern management knowledge and skills.

  • Demonstrated experience managing facilities and equipment operation and minor repair.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience with livestock, range, and forage research programs in a higher education setting.

  • Established experience in artificial insemination, synchronization of heat techniques, and pregnancy diagnosis.

  • Experience in coordinating and prioritizing repair and maintenance schedules of farm and ranch equipment.

  • Proficiency with hand tools including welding, metal, and wood work.

  • Ability to communicate in Spanish.

  • Experience in supervising and directing personnel.

  • Established competence and experience in computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Consistently exercise initiative and good judgment

  • Successfully plan, set priorities, and meet deadlines

  • Possess the ability to handle livestock with Low Stress handling techniques

  • Have excellent written and oral communications

  • Possess the ability to facilitate ranch operations with all divisions and individuals at Red Bluff Research Facility.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

  • Must possess or be able to obtain a Montana Driver’s License as well as have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points).

  • This position is an agriculturally designated position and requires non-traditional work schedules including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

  • Have or willingness to get a CDL.

  • Have or willingness to get a pesticide applicators license.

Please note, 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

This position requires the ability to:

  • Physically manage livestock and operate farm machinery.

  • Ability to maneuver and transport animals around 100 lbs; such as feeding and handling baby calves on a regular basis.

  • Must have the ability to work in adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, cold, wind, and dust, and be able to walk long distances over uneven terrain.

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 10/09/2020; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To be considered for this position, please upload your current resume or CV and a document 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: .