9405 Farm Operations Manager


TITLE Farm Operations Manager




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Darr Agricultural Center/Head, Darr School of Agriculture

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Dean, College of Natural and Applied Sciences


The Farm Operations Manager maintains the Springfield and Baker’s Acres teaching and research farms.   


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture is required; a Master’s degree in Agriculture is preferred.

Experience: Three years of experience managing livestock or farm and ranch operations is required.  Experience with low stress livestock handling techniques, management intensive grazing (MIG), farm machinery operation, and working with a livestock operation and performing duties such as fence building and maintenance, livestock vaccination, etc., is required.  

Skills: Effective oral and written communication skills are required. Organizational skills are required.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office Applications, such as Word and Excel, is required. 

License: Must have a valid Missouri motor vehicle operator's license. 

Effort: Requires the ability to lift and carry livestock and farm supplies and equipment weighing fifty pounds or more on an regular basis, prolonged walking or standing, and frequent bending, stooping, kneeling, and reaching on a daily basis.  Requires a full range of physical motion in order to operate manual, electrically-powered and/or gasoline-powered equipment and machines.  Requires the ability to access facilities and areas which may only be accessible by climbing stairs or by climbing ladders to a height of 15 feet.  Must be able to move throughout assigned areas, as the work is often performed out-of-doors, year round.

Other: The scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemical compounds for application on trees, crops, and grasses which may be hazardous and cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, application, use and disposal/storage are not properly followed.


1. Oversees the maintenance and repair of equipment, vehicles, and facilities and performs livestock and crop production activities, which may include coordinating the feeding, fitting, and exhibition of cattle as appropriate for meeting departmental objectives, at the Darr Center and Baker’s Acres as directed by the Director of the Darr Agricultural Center. 

2. Participate in the planning, preparation, and execution of Journagan Ranch activities as directed by the Director of the Darr Agricultural Center.

3. Works in coordination with the Director of the Darr Agricultural Center and the Darr Agriculture Center Coordinator to prepare the Pinegar Arena and Learning Center building for rentals and other activities.

4. Assists with research and educational activities by following oral and written protocols and communicating effectively with Missouri State University agricultural researchers and educators and the general public.

5. Participates in training and supervising student employees working with livestock and performing farm duties.

6. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required.

7. Supports the overall success of the Darr School of Agriculture by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Farm Operations Manager is supervised by the Head, Darr School of Agriculture/Director, Darr Agricultural Center and project leaders and supervises student workers.




Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 6 - 375 Points: The job requires a four-year college degree in a non-technical area or non-specific area.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 4 - 750 Points: Knowledge of an extensive set of operations and procedures, specific skills and demonstrated ability, that requires considerable creativity or mechanical aptitude. Skills at this level normally require more than two and as much as five years of experience and previous training.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 150 Points: Some supervision and training of student and part-time workers may be required where the nature of supervision is largely confined to scheduling work and assigning tasks. Supervision at this level may also involve directing the work assignments of one or more permanent, full-time employees, but supervision typically does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities, and supervisory duties typically do not consume a large portion of the work day. Characteristic of this level would be employees who direct student workers, or work team leaders who act as working supervisors. Responsibilities at this level may include tracking budgeted spending, limited purchasing authority, and tracking inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 3 - 90 Points: Procedures and standards exist, but considerable latitude in applying procedures and selecting a sequence of activities must be exercised. The employee uses judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines such as agency policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. The employee analyzes results and recommends changes.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 3 - 100 Points: The purpose is to advise or counsel students, coworkers, or the general public, or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals and where relationships are generally cooperative. Contacts are moderately structured and routine.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 2 - 40 Points: The work area involves moderate discomfort and/or risk such as that from moving machinery, occasional work with hazardous substances, or moderate levels of noise. The work may require wearing of protective gear. The work area is generally adequately lighted and ventilated, but may involve uncomfortable temperatures at times.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 4 - 150 Points: Work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as climbing ladders, frequent lifting of objects over 50 pounds, crawling or crouching in restricted areas. Occasional lifting of heavy objects weighing 75 pounds or more is required.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 3 - 70 Points: At this level would be jobs in which the incumbent has considerable ongoing responsibility for building security and public safety.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 3 - 450 Points: The work includes various duties involving different and unrelated processes and methods. Decisions regarding what needs to be done depend upon knowledge of the duties, priorities, commitments, policies, and program goals of the supervisor and the department and involve the analysis of the subject, phase, or issues involved in each project or assignment, and the course of action may have to be selected from many alternatives. The work involves elements that must be identified and analyzed to discern interrelationships.