Ranch Operations Manager

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho

Job Type Full Time

Oversee daily operations at the Rinker Rock Creek Ranch (RRCR); manage budgets and expenditures through coordination with CALS financial technicians and administrative staff, manage ranch staff activity, hire and train staff and evaluate performance. Oversee operation and maintenance of equipment and property. Ensure compliance with all state and Federal regulatory requirements, and ensure all activities meet University policies and processes. Serve as point of contact for approval of all research, education, outreach, Extension and public activities on the ranch, and act as liaison between relevant stakeholders and UI administrators.


Oversee Daily Research Operations of Rinker Rock Creek Ranch by:
Coordinating and supervising operations, ranch and equipment availability and maintenance; coordinating with the Cattle Management team to ensure seamless cattle, ranch, and operations management; tracking activities and actions on the ranch as they relate to the NRCS GSP easement; communicating with NRCS as needed to assure easement requirements are met; managing ranch budgets and expenditures; establishing ranch maintenance standards, specifications, and procedures; cooperating with faculty and staff with aspects of research, educational tours and operations; possessing the strength, agility, and ability to work in inclement weather; ensuring compliance with University policy, and Federal and State laws; ensuring active and open communications with involved faculty, staff and administrators; coordinating care and maintenance of the ranch, including roadways, parking lots, trails, fences, gates, signage, and ditches; winter snow removal as needed; and collaborating on grant proposals to support ranch maintenance, improvement and stewardship activities.

Facilitate Research, Outreach and Extension, and Public Activities at the Center by:
Serving as the primary point of contact for activities at the RRCR and processing activity requests from internal and external constituents; serving as primary point of contact for RRCR on behalf of the UI for the RRCR Advisory Board to maintain relationships and information sharing; maintaining local community relationships and information sharing as related to the RRCR and activities at the RRCR to make sure local expectations, interests and opportunities are considered; collaborating with faculty and staff to coordinate needs for facilities, equipment and ranch operations staff; researching and recommending practices to facilitate research projects; monitoring public use of property to ensure projects and livestock are avoided; interacting with local groups and the public using the ranch property to educate on the RRCR’s purpose and policies for use; monitoring effect of restoration projects and plans on research and ranch operations. Providing support content for social media and communications materials to UI Communications staff for development of outreach materials and an up-to-date website for the RRCR; and providing logistical and other support for UI public events held at RRCR.

Ensure a Safe Work Environment by:
Ensuring compliance with all relevant regulations and policies, including animal care, the Clean Water Act, Farm Safety Act, worker protection provisions, and supervising chemical applications; developing standard operating procedures for ranch and research staff; ensuring training, proper storage and handling of ranch chemicals; planning and/or facilitating safety training for ranch and research operations staff; ensuring proper training of UI employees in the safe operation of equipment; developing and implementing management and handling techniques that maximize safety; identifying training needs and determining appropriate training methods; coordinating with CALS Safety Committee.

Supervise Personnel by:
Overseeing ranch and equipment records maintenance by ranch operations and facilities management staff; supervising and managing staff activity; hiring and training operations staff including interns and temporary staff, and evaluating performance; providing guidance and assistance as necessary.

Required Qualifications

- Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree and at least two years related experience in agriculture, ranch management, rangeland management, animal science, agronomy, forestry, or a related field.

- Experience in managing personnel, facilities, and budgets in a working ranch or other natural resource-based operation.

- Demonstrated written skills in communications with employees, supervisors, and the general public.

- Experience using a computer and associated programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, email and internet).

- Pesticide applicator’s license or ability to obtain license within 6 months of hire.

- Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to successfully pass a driver’s record check.

Preferred Qualifications

- Master’s degree in agriculture, ranch management, rangeland management, animal science or a related field.

- Knowledge of operations and maintenance of ranch equipment.

- Knowledge of ranch and industrial safety issues and the ability to provide safety training.

- Familiarity with agricultural and environmental research.

- Familiarity with policies of regulatory agencies related to ranching and land management.

- Demonstrated excellence in verbal skills with employees, supervisors, and the general public.

- Ability to work well with others.

- Demonstrated excellence in public speaking.

- Experience with UI Extension.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

- Ability to lift, carry, or otherwise move up to 50 pounds.

- Willingness and ability to work in adverse environmental conditions.

- Willingness and ability to work with toxic, volatile, and corrosive chemicals and/or carcinogenic substances.

Degree Requirement Listed degree qualification is required at time of application.


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