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Academic Support (Academic Support Sp/Farm Manager)
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
Academic Affairs, College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Management
UH Hilo
Date Posted:
December 26, 2017
Closing Date:
January 26, 2018
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time
General Funds

Other Conditions:
  • Appointment to begin approximately March 2018, pending position clearance and availability of funding.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Ensures smooth and efficient operations of the farm: plans, schedules, and directs daily operations; purchases supplies and maintains inventory; facilitates research projects; allocates space and maintains map; conducts long-term planning.
  2. Trains new personnel, students, student assistants, and volunteers on the safe operation and maintenance of tools, machinery, equipment, and facilities common to farming operations. Examples: tractors, forklifts, chain/hand saws, tillers, mowers, etc.
  3. Facilitates, in conjunction with faculty and technicians, course and student farm projects, including enterprise production and applied research.
  4. Manages and supervises all areas of the farm, including the pavilion, arboretum, pesticide building, bee gardens, apiaries, and farm storage areas other than those designated to specific personnel; maintains a clean and safe environment in all areas.
  5. Constructs facilities or coordinates construction projects; updates farm maps to include changes, including the addition of underground utilities.
  6. Develops a safety plan for the farm. Ensures that staff and volunteers are aware of safety policies and plans. Enforces health and safety regulations. Ensures that the farm complies with government regulations.
  7. Manages farm budget: controls expenditure of funds and maintains accurate and current financial records. Purchases supplies and maintains an appropriate level of inventory; uses approved processes and systems to purchase high cost items.
  8. Maintains records of farm operations, completes necessary reports, and provides updates as needed or requested to the Dean and the faculty.
  9. Recommends improvements and changes to the program and facilities, replacement of or changes in equipment, and use of facilities, in consultation with the faculty and the Dean.
  10. Manages and supervises farm personnel and student employees: train, schedules, guides, and evaluates personnel; hires, retains, terminates student employees per SECE procedures; processes student time cards.
  11. Conducts inventory and maintains records for vehicles, equipment, tools, and rolling stock; assures that all are well maintained, repaired, and safe for use.
  12. Facilitates the material needs of all labs on the farm and participates in labs on the farm as requested.
  13. Works with Auxiliary Services to obtain services outside the expertise of farm personnel.
  14. Collaborates with CAFNRM Dean and faculty, UHH administration, HawCC and other UHH faculty to provide services and information to ensure the smooth operation of the farm.
  15. Monitors security on farm facilities.
  16. Represents the UHHAFL in interaction with student organizations associated with UHH.
  17. Conducts and/or coordinates tours of facilities, assists visitors to the farm; schedules use of arenas and pavilions, following UHH policy.
  18. Co-manages, along with Animal Sciences faculty and Animal Science Technician, the UHH swine, goat, sheep, and cattle herds including all management and treatment needs.
  19. Co-manages, with the Animal Science Technician, maintenance of all farm pastures and needs such as fences, gates, and husbandry structures.
  20. Be able to assist with UHM Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) regulations as needed.
  21. Co-manages, with the appropriate faculty and Technicians, the fair sale of all surplus farm crop and livestock production.
  22. Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications
  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree in Animal Science, Agriculture, or related field and 3 year(s) of progressively responsible professional experience with responsibilities for operation of a farm or related agricultural laboratory or industry which provided exposure to basic agricultural/farm activities ; or equivalent education/training or experience.
  2. Considerable working knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in the operation of a farm involved with plant and animal production as demonstrated by the broad knowledge of the full range of pertinent standard and evolving concepts, principles and methodologies.
  3. Considerable working knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations and theories and systems associated with the operation of an agricultural farm including those specific to livestock management.
  4. Demonstrated ability to resolve wide ranging complex problems through the use of creative reasoning and logic to accurately determine the cause of the problems and the resolution of the problems in an effective, innovative and timely manner.
  5. Demonstrated ability to interpret and present information and ideas clearly and accurately in writing, verbally and by preparation of reports and other materials.
  6. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team leaders and members, and individuals.
  7. Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and apply word processing software.
  8. For supervisory work, demonstrated ability to lead subordinates, manage work priorities and projects, and manage employee relations.
  9. Able to lift 50 pounds.
  10. Possess a valid driver’s license issued in the United States.
  11. Able to operate (or willing to learn to operate) tools, machinery, and equipment common to farming operations.
  12. Able to perform (or willing to learn) standard servicing and repairs of tools, machinery, and equipment common to farming operations.
  13. Any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. Experience supervising professional level employees.
  2. Proficient in MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and E-mail.
  3. Basic machining and welding skills.

To Apply:
Submit (1) cover letter explaining how the minimum and desirable qualifications are met; (2) APT application UH Form 64A (attach resume) or UH Form 64B (enter credentials including education, experience, etc.); (3) resume; (4) names, email addresses and phone numbers of three (3) current professional references; (5) transcripts showing degrees and course work appropriate to the position (copies are acceptable, however, original official transcripts will be required prior to employment). All requested documents/information must be postmarked by the closing date and become the property of the University. All minimum qualifications must be met by the closing date. Failure to submit all requested documents/information shall deem an application to be incomplete and will not be considered. Electronic submissions will be accepted and should be sent to: with subject line "Farm Manager #81161"
  1. Farm Manager Selection Committee #81161
  2. c/o Office of Human Resources
  3. University of Hawai'i at Hilo
  4. 200 West Kawili Street
  5. Hilo, HI 96720-4091
  1. Dr. Bruce Mathews; 808-932-7036;

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