State Of North Carolina Waynesville , NC 28785
Description of Work
This is a re-advertisement. All previous applicants must reapply to be considered.
Recruitment Range: $42,780, $51,232
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provide services that promote and improve agriculture, agribusiness and forests; protect consumers and businesses; and conserve farmland and natural resources for the prosperity of all North Carolinians. The Department employs approximately 2000 employees.
The Research Stations Division operates 18 research stations across an incredibly diverse range of soils and climate conditions. It's mission is to manage crop and livestock facilities which serve as a platform for statewide agricultural research led by faculty at NC State University (NCSU), NC A&T, USDA-ARS, and other cooperators such as Cooperative Extension, Regional Agronomists, and industry partners to make farming more efficient, productive and profitable while maintaining a sound environment, and provides consumers with safe and affordable products. The Division is funded by two agencies, NCDA&CS and NCSU. The Research Stations Division constitutes a cooperative effort between NCDA&CS and NCSU to promote, support and advance all aspects of agriculture in North Carolina.
The research program at the Mountain Research Station reflects the diversity of agriculture in Western North Carolina. The station program strives to provide information addressing the diverse needs of mountain farmers and needs identified in other areas of the state, as well as expand the economy by researching new enterprises. Research activities include work with field and forage crops, horticultural crops, Christmas trees, burley tobacco, and livestock.
The Agricultural Research Manager position is the Unit Manager for the Tobacco, Horticultural & Special Projects Unit. The employee is responsible for technical input into the establishment, and oversight of the implementation and management of research studies related to the tobacco and crop agricultural production at the Mountain Research Station. This position is a unit manager and has supervisory responsibility and coordinates task assignments over a team of Agricultural Research Specialists and a Vehicle Equipment Repair Technician II , as well as seasonal and temporary staff. This position oversees the station's safety program, inspections and training.
The major functions of this position are to act as the research program manager for assigned programs / projects, human resources management for assigned staff, overseeing operation and maintenance of assigned facilities / assets and public relations support to station operations. This position will also support agricultural crop production as seasonal demands may require. Employee may be assigned to work weekends and holidays on a rotating basis as work load requires. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
Experience in research program methods, principles, implementation and evaluation sufficient to direct and manage complex and or multiple crop and tobacco production research projects independently.
Knowledge of developing and implementing project budgets.
General understanding of agricultural production and equipment maintenance.
Technical skills include advanced understanding in a research / commercial setting of tobacco and horticulture .
Ability to operate a variety of equipment normally used in tobacco and horticultural crop production.
Effective oral and written communication and computer software skills.
Ability to read and understand chemical labels and instruct others in proper application methods and rates.
Ability to interpret and implement a complex written research protocol.
Ability to collect and record data accurately.
Computer software skills.
Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision.
Ability to work in a team-oriented environment.
Physical requirements include the ability to perform long periods of repetitive reaching, stooping, standing, bending, lifting of 50 lbs.
Ability to perform all essential tasks in adverse weather conditions.
Must possess at the time of application:
Must possess the following at the time of application or qualify for certification within six months of employment:
Valid Commercial Driver's License (Non-Excepted Intrastate)
Forklift Driver Certificate
Public Pesticide Applicator License
Animal Waste Management System Operator's Licens.
Obtain medical clearance to wear a half mask or full face respirator with cartridges
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor s degree related to the assigned program area and two years of general research experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Supplemental and Contact Information
Any employment offer may be less than the maximum of the range due to salary equity with similarly situated employees or the selected candidate's related education and experience.
Please follow instructions to apply on-line. It is important that your application includes all of your relevant education and experience. Text or attached resumes ARE NOT accepted as a substitution for a completed application. Those applicants seeking veteran's preference should submit a copy of their Form DD-214.
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Note: When required, you must answer the question(s) for this position or your application will be considered incomplete.
Questions regarding this posting? Contact 919-707-3201.