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Campus: 139 Wyoming Hall

Mail: Dept 3422

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: 307.766.2377

Fax: 307.766.5607


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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Laramie Farm Manager, Research & Extension

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 3010

UW Job Family: 36

SOC Code: 11-9011

Pay Grade: 25

Date: April 01, 2009

Job Purpose:

Manages and supervises the financial, operational, and personnel operations for the Laramie Farm, Research & Extension areas including the Hansen Arena; hires, trains, schedules work assignments, and supervises support staff; develops and administers the operational budget; and oversees multiple facilities, farm homes and outbuilding maintenance.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's Degree


3 years work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:

  • Valid driver's license.
  • Valid Wyoming Pesticide Applicator's License. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Animal Science and Crop Science theory, methods and techniques.
  • All phases of crop and livestock production and pasture maintenance.
  • Agricultural research methods, experimental design, and statistical analysis.
  • Agricultural facilities and equipment required to insure safe and efficient operations.
  • Effective communication, orally and written.
  • Safe operation and maintenance of various farming equipment and vehicles.
  • Safety rules and regulations applicable to work being performed in area.
  • Supervision methods and techniques.
  • Purchasing and inventory methods and procedures.
  • Training and teaching methods and practices.
  • Applicable University, federal, state policies and procedures.
  • Computer software and database applications applicable to area.
  • Management of multiple agricultural research facilities including livestock and crop research.
  • Management and supervision of the Hansen Arena.
  • Planning methods and budget management for large farming operations.
  • Care and feeding of livestock and/or research animals including monitoring health patterns and recognizing symptoms of illness, disease, or injury. 

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Manages large farming, research and arena operations.
  • Manages the farming operations budget; works with Department Head on budget and farming and research issues.
  • Hires, trains, schedules, supervises and evaluates assigned support staff and student workers.
  • Supervises and operates farming machinery, trucks and other farming equipment such as the feed mill equipment, electronic scales, and the arena sound system.
  • Interacts positively with faculty, staff and students, as well as University Departments and various public and private agencies.
  • Works with diverse community of public and private entities who use the Hansen Arena.
  • Schedules the use and maintenance for the Hansen Arena.
  • Oversees adherence to safety rules and regulations for all the farming and arena facilities.
  • Uses a computer with applicable software used for the farming operations.
  • Lifts up to 100 pounds.
  • Be available to work around-the-clock emergencies concerning facilities, equipment and livestock.
  • Work extra hours during peak seasons such as planting, harvesting, or for livestock management.
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Prepares reports for the farming operations.

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Manages the financial, operational and personnel operations for the Laramie Farm, Research & Extension areas including the Hansen Arena and other farm locations such as the McGuire Ranch.
Hires, trains, schedules work assignments, and supervises support staff including student workers.
Participates with the Department Head in planning and supervision of various livestock and crop research projects; collaborates with Department Head and researchers on projects to ensure cooperation and communication on crop and livestock research or demonstration plots and facilities for livestock trials including supervision and assistance in land preparation, planting, cultivation, weed and pest management, chemical application, irrigation, harvesting, feeding and other duties as needed.
Assists Department Head with budget development and manages the operational budget for a large, multiple farming and arena operation.
Procures feed, equipment, maintenance and repairs, and livestock for farm operations, class work, and research.
Solely responsible for scheduling, maintenance and event supervision for Hansen Arena activities; work closely with researchers and administrators in planning, publicity and implementation of numerous classroom, extension, outreach, public engagement and educational programs; conduct tours for individuals and groups.
Supervises maintenance of farm vehicles, buildings and equipment; ensure security of facilities, equipment, tools, and supplies.
Develops and maintains accurate records including service schedules for facilities, equipment and vehicles; maintains records and manuals on facility/equipment operation and maintenance, and develops maintenance budgets and schedules for facilities and grounds; supervises and participates in regular maintenance activities and repairs to facilities and equipment, as needed.
Assists with preparation of reports for farming operations.
Transports, or is responsible for the transportation of livestock, equipment, livestock feed, and other supplies for the Laramie farming operations.
Provides oversight for livestock management practices and for all crop production practices; assists with observations and maintaining research animals and/or crops; and maintains records on animal care.

Supplemental Functions:

Assists with judging contests, tours, field days, and other special projects, as assigned.
Extra work hours may be required during peak seasons such as planting, harvesting, or livestock management.

Working Conditions:

Multiple farming facilities/outside plot areas/arena/feed mill/outbuildings/office areas/storage areas. Regular exposure to pesticides, soil, pests, insects, livestock and other animals, and chemical and farming equipment operation hazards; must be able to lift up to 100 pounds; subjected to working in various outdoor weather conditions regularly.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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