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Montana State University Research Assistant III *Havre, MT* in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21160

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Emi Smith at 406-265-6115 or emi.smith@montana.edu

Classification Title Research Asst III

Working Title Research Assistant III Havre, MT

Brief Position Overview

Under the supervision of the Livestock Operations Manager, the Research Assistant III has responsibilities for daily animal care and maintenance of facilities and equipment for the beef cattle research program at Northern Agricultural Research Center. The person in this position will be expected to participate in all aspects of the Livestock Department of Northern Ag Research Center. The individual hired for this position will have demonstrated the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and the public and will have demonstrated the ability to represent MSU in a productive, professional and courteous manner. This person will have daily contact with local faculty animal scientists and co-workers and various contacts with agricultural producers, MSU faculty, students, professionals and cooperators. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to accurately follow and explain instructions to individuals, co-workers, and supervisors both internal and external to the organization.

Position Number 4M0224

Department AES NARC

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year

Semester

If other, specify From date

If other, specify End date

FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type Classified Salary

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Montana State University Agricultural Experiment Station’s mission as established in 1893 by state statute is “to conduct and promote studies, scientific investigations and experiments relating to agriculture, natural resources and rural life and to diffuse information thereby acquired among the people of Montana.” Thus, the station fulfills the agricultural research component of Montana State University’s federal Land Grant University mission of teaching, research and extension. The Northern Agricultural Research Center near Havre is a part of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station headquartered at Montana State University. The center was established in 1915 on the site of what was once Fort Assinniboine, a military post established in the 1880’s. The goal of its researchers is to serve Montana farmers and ranchers by seeking more profitable ways to produce, market and use agricultural products.

Duties and Responsibilities

Participate in all aspects of the Livestock Department of Northern Ag Research Center. Duties for this position include:

  • Fencing

  • Caring of animals, including monitoring their health in confinement and in a range setting.

  • Conducting pasture moves, maintenance of feedlot infrastructure.

  • Participate in irrigation, all steps of hay production, forage and grain production inventory, which includes maintaining, operating and minor repairing of ranch equipment (tractors, swathers, and other equipment) as necessary.

  • Work livestock while on horseback and have the ability to handle horses in and around all ranch environments.

  • Personnel management and scheduling of employees.

  • Collect data with care and accuracy.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • A.S. in agriculture or similar relevant field of study or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience in beef cattle operations and in beef quality assurance, feedlot enterprises, cow/calf operations and low stress cattle handling techniques.

  • Experience in and understanding of effective horsemanship, especially around cattle.

  • Experience in identifying and treating sick animals in confinement and in a range setting.

  • Experience with both dryland and irrigated hay, small grain, corn silage and forage production.

  • Experience in operation, and maintenance of agricultural equipment.

  • Demonstrated competence collecting and recording data and maintaining detailed records.

  • Computer experience with include e-mail and Microsoft Software package (Excel, Word and PowerPoint).

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • B.S. in agriculture or similar relevant field of study or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Beef cattle research experience.

  • Demonstrated ability of Artificial Insemination and Estrus synchronization techniques.

  • Personnel management and scheduling of employees.

    The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will have also have the following abilities:

  • Ability to ride unfamiliar horses.

  • Effectively operate work related equipment.

  • Communicate effectively with employees and the public both in person, over the phone, and via technology.

  • Outstanding organizational skills.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with others.

  • Represent the Northern Ag Research Center to others in a professional and courteous manner.

  • Demonstrated competence exercising self-motivation, good judgment, and leadership.

  • Demonstrated ability to accurately follow and explain instructions to individuals, co-workers, and supervisors both internal and external to the organization.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Must possess current, or be eligible to obtain, a valid Montana driver s license and have an acceptable driving record. Please do not send a copy of your driver’s license.

  • Must have or be able to obtain a research and demonstration pesticide license for agricultural plant pests and vertebrate classifications within six months of hire.

    Physical Demands

  • Working in extreme temperatures and inclement weather conditions.

  • Working with and around pesticides and dust born particles.

  • Working with and around hazardous machinery that is extremely loud.

  • Handling and working with unpredictable livestock that can cause serious injury.

  • Position requires moving and lifting parts, equipment and livestock that weigh up to 150 lbs.

  • Working in elevated positions (example: 90 elevator legs or large grain bins).

  • Working livestock while on horseback and have the ability to handle horses in and around all ranch environments.

    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 02/14/2020; 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 (http://www.montana.edu/hr/dualcareer.html) .

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; recruitment@montana.edu . 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: http://www.montana.edu/hr/disability_accommodation/complaints_grievances.html .

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