9420 Farm Foreman


TITLE Farm Foreman




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Dean, College of Agriculture


The Farm Foreman is the primary on-site resident manager of the daily operations of the Shealy Farm and Baker’s Acres. The Farm Foreman lives on-site and performs general farm work as directed by the Dean of College of Agriculture, such as operating and maintaining the operational condition of farm equipment, caring for livestock, mowing and baling hay, etc.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required. A Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture is preferred.

Experience: At least four years of combined related higher education and 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 crop management and harvest is required. Experience working with a livestock operation and performing duties such as fence building, maintenance, and livestock vaccination, etc., are required.

Skills: Must be able to read, comprehend, and follow instructions for the proper mixture, use, and disposal/storage of chemicals, fertilizers, and similar products used in agricultural work is required. Effective verbal and written communication skills are required. Organizational skills are required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Applications, such as Word and Excel, is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

License: A valid motor vehicle operator’s license is required.

Effort: The ability to lift and carry livestock and farm supplies and equipment weighing fifty pounds or more on a regular basis, prolonged walking or standing, and frequent bending, stooping, kneeling, and reaching on a daily basis is required. A full range of physical motion in order to operate manual, electrically powered and/or gasoline-powered equipment and machines and to load cattle is required. 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 is required. The ability to move throughout assigned areas, as the work is often performed out-of-doors, year-round is required.

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. Onsite housing is included as part of this employment opportunity.


1. Oversees the maintenance and repair of equipment, vehicles, and facilities and performs livestock and crop production activities, which will include coordinating the feeding and care of cattle as appropriate for meeting college objectives, at the Baker’s Acres and Shealy Farm as directed by the Dean, College of Agriculture.

2. Participates in the planning, preparation, and execution of farm operations as directed by the Dean, College of Agriculture.

3. Works in coordination with the Dean, College of Agriculture to prepare the Holos Center and other farm facilities for rentals and other activities.

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

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

6. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

7. 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.

8. Supports the overall success of the Darr College of Agriculture by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Farm Foreman is directly supervised by the Dean, College of Agriculture and may assist in supervision of student employees on occasion.