Columbia Basin College

Pasco , WA
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Assistant Director for Farm Operations

Columbia Basin College
Pasco, WA Full time
Posted on November 17, 2017

Assistant Director for Farm Operations 

Full-Time State Funded 

Salary: $45,000.00 - $50,000.00 Annually 

Closing Date: Open Until Filled (First consideration closes November 26, 2017 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time

Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA seeks an Assistant Director for Farm Operations to assist with a strong focused agriculture research program that serves the needs of the Columbia Basin and its surrounding region. This position is responsible for all aspects of farm operations including the cultivation of alfalfa, biofuel feedstocks, beans, peppers and other crops of economic significance to the region. Additional responsibilities include operation and maintenance of specialty research equipment and general farm equipment as well as hiring, supervising and guidance of agriculture interns in all phases of farm operations.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Under the general direction of the Director for Agriculture Education, Research & Development cultivate crops in accordance with the research project as designed;
  • Operate and maintain tractors, small plot forage harvester and small plot combine, along with implements for tillage and other farm equipment as needed;
  • Operate and maintain greenhouse(s) in support of various research objectives to include: propagation of plants, screening of plant populations for pests and seed production;
  • Operate and maintain irrigation systems including hand lines, wheel lines and pivots;
  • All other duties related to the comprehensive operations of a research farm;
  • Supervise, direct, train and mentor student interns and part time hourly workers in all aspects of research farm operations and plant cultivation;
  • Cooperate with seed companies using CBC farmland to generate income for research efforts;
  • Participate in outreach activities to promote educational programs, maintain contact with growers and recruit new students;
  • Commitment to the community college mission;
  • Commitment to staying current in discipline; and
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds effectively.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • High School Diploma or equivalent;
  • Two (2) years of agriculture, research and greenhouse experience;
  • Experience in organic agriculture;
  • Experience operating farm equipment (tractors, small plot forage harvester, small plot combine and other farm implements);
  • Experience operating and maintaining irrigation systems such as hand lines and pivots; and
  • Have and be able to maintain a valid driver's license, clean driving history and ability to be insured.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Associate degree in Agriculture from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • Experience maintaining tractors, small plot forage harvester, small plot combine and other farm implements;
  • Experience supervising team members and/or student interns;
  • Ability to set up and maintain research plots;
  • Ability to collect, prepare, and analyze soil and plant samples;
  • Excellent note taking and communication skills; and
  • Computer literacy including skills in MS office.

Applications will ONLY be accepted through our website at Jobs@CBC.

CBC is an EEO/AA Employer. Protected groups are encouraged to apply.