Farm Manager

Los Angeles Community College District

Los Angeles,  California

Definition

Plans, supervises, and participates in the management and maintenance of farm/agricultural activities in support of the instructional programs at Los Angeles Pierce College.

Typical Duties

  • Supervises and participates in daily farm/agricultural operations which include: Soil preparation, planting, irrigation, cultivating, harvesting, and storing of hay and other forage crops.
  • Selection, caring (including preventative and routine herd health practices and administering medial treatments as prescribed by a veterinarian), feeding, breeding, sale, and disposal of livestock including beef, horses, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, and llamas.
  • Operation and maintenance of farm/agricultural machinery, equipment, and facilities.
  • Organizes, schedules, assigns, and reviews the work of assigned farm/agricultural employees.
  • Develops and implements work methods and procedures of all phases of farm/agricultural operations, including animal health and welfare.
  • Develops long-term and short-term plans for the farm/agricultural operations and recommends changes and improvements in farm/agricultural operations, staffing, facilities, and equipment.
  • Coordinates with the department chair and instructional staff to support the needs of the instructional program.
  • Coordinates the activities of students participating in farm/agricultural operations as part of their educational program.
  • Coordinates farm/agricultural operations off-site.
  • Conducts orientation and training sessions for farm/agricultural workers, students, and volunteers assigned to the farm/agricultural units.
  • Periodically inspects farm/agricultural buildings, grounds, and equipment to identify safety and sanitary hazards problems and initiates immediate or preventative maintenance measures.
  • Assures adherence of farm/agricultural operations to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations concerning human and animal health, safety, and sanitation.
  • Implements security measures to prevent theft and vandalism.
  • Develops an annual budget and makes requisitions for supplies and equipment as needed.
  • Maintains records and production reports on farm/agricultural activities and issues fiscal reports on farm/agricultural activities and budget expenditures on a regular basis.
  • Coordinates the use of farm/agricultural facilities for special events, tours, and film crews.
  • Maintains strong community relations with the public.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Farm Manager plans, supervises, and participates in the management and maintenance of agricultural activities that support the instructional program at Los Angeles Pierce College.

A Senior Agricultural Technician applies a working knowledge of the agricultural sciences while acting in a lead capacity with responsibility for overseeing and participating in the daily operation of farm/agricultural units that supports an instructional program which includes instructional assistance, animal care, crop production, and facilities and equipment maintenance and repairs.

An Agricultural Technician applies a working knowledge of the agricultural sciences in performing the full range of duties related to the day-to-day operations of farm/agricultural units which includes instructional assistance, animal care, crop production, and facilities and equipment maintenance and repair.

Supervision

A General supervision is received from a classified or academic administrator. General supervision is exercised over lower-level Agricultural staff, student employees, and volunteers.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Farming/agricultural principles and methods and their application to diversified farm/agricultural activities
  • Selection, nutrition, care, breeding, sanitation, and disease control of meat and fiber animals, poultry, horses, and dairy cattle
  • State and local laws and regulations related to animal care, crop production, and farm/agricultural operations
  • Agronomy
  • Basic veterinary care
  • Agricultural waste disposal
  • Marketing of agricultural products
  • Principles of public relations
  • Maintenance and operation of farm/agricultural equipment and machinery
  • Arboriculture and wildlife management
  • Health and safety laws and regulations applicable to farm/agricultural operations and product sales
  • Safety requirements for handling hazardous or toxic materials
  • Sustainable agricultural practices
  • Principles of supervision and training
  • Basic principles of budget preparation and maintenance
  • Capabilities of computer systems, software, and hardware common to farm/agricultural operations

Ability to:

  • Manage farm/agricultural operations in conjunction with an instructional program
  • Develop plans for farm/agricultural operations and make recommendations on improvements
  • Supervise, coordinate, and schedule the work of assigned staff
  • Train others in farm/agricultural operations related activities
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing
  • Give clear and concise instructions
  • Interpret and apply rules and regulations related to farm/agricultural operations
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, students, vendors, and the community
  • Analyze situations correctly and take effective action
  • Evaluate work methods and performance
  • Meet schedules and time lines
  • Prepare accurate reports
  • Keep accurate records
  • Effectively utilize computer equipment in the performance of duties
  • Learn specialized computer applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and experience:

A. A bachelor's degree from a recognized four-year college or university with a major in animal science, agricultural science, agribusiness, or a closely related field AND one year of full-time paid farming experience which included responsibility for livestock and agricultural operations.

OR

B. An associate's degree from a recognized college or university with a major in animal science, agricultural science, agribusiness, or a closely related field AND three years of full-time paid farming experience which included responsibility for livestock and agricultural operations.

OR

C. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND five years of full-time paid farming experience which included responsibility for livestock and agricultural operations.

OR

D. Any equivalent combination of A., B., and C. above.

Special:

A valid California Class "C" driver's license. Travel to locations throughout the District may be required.

A valid California Class "A" driver's license may be required within 60 days of employment.



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