Agricultural Specialist Duties
This is responsible professional and managerial work in
planning, directing, and coordinating the overall activities of
an Agricultural Experiment Station or large institutional farm.
Work involves responsibility for planning, organizing, and
directing the administrative and managerial functions of a
research farm with major subdivisions such as dairy crops or
beef cattle and supervising and participating in experimental
farm programs and projects requiring the implementation of
complex research procedures. Work is performed under general
direction of a station superintendent and/or academic superior.
Work is reviewed principally through the observation of results
and periodic conferences.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Plans, organizes, and manages the operation of a large farm with
several major subdivisions such as dairy crops or cattle.
Plans and directs the management program of a large beef or
Supervises the maintenance of farm facilities, machinery, and
Prepares budget estimates and recommendations for personnel,
equipment, and operating supplies.
Plans a wide variety of research programs, experimental
projects, and tests with research scientists.
Sets up and adapts research facilities, methods, and procedures.
Plans breeding programs and assists in calving difficulties.
Selects, trains, and supervises farm and herd personnel.
Supervises dairy operations; grows, harvests, and stores forage
and grain crops; maintains an appropriate system of pasture
Maintains breeding, feeding, registration, herd health, and milk
Handles transfers, cattle sales, and exhibits.
Maintains appropriate health and sanitary standards in milking
Purchases farm supplies and equipment.
Collects samples and records various kinds of research data;
prepares research and project reports.
Supervises artificial insemination of cattle; schedules
preventive treatments, and maintains normal herd health
Formulates feed rations.
Prepares periodic reports and maintains appropriate files and
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Completion of college level course work from an accredited
college or university equivalent to a master's degree with major
course work in animal science or animal husbandry, and
considerable experience in farm management; or any equivalent
combination of training and experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of beef and dairy cattle management and
Thorough knowledge of plant and cattle diseases and of the
methods of prevention and cure.
Considerable knowledge of modern agricultural methods and
experimental farming practices.
Considerable knowledge of animal science research methods,
techniques, and procedures.
Considerable knowledge of farm equipment, materials, and
Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinate
Ability to maintain appropriate records and to prepare reports.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with
research scientists, administrative personnel, andfellow