Farm Supervisor, Senior (Safford, AZ)
University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

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2415-Safford Agriculture Center


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Posted Rate of Pay

$33,639 -$41,668 annually

Exempt / Non-Exempt



Classified: Regular

Departmental Contact

Jonie Burge

Departmental Contact Phone

(928) 428-2432

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Job Open Date


Job Close Date

Open Until Filled

Review begins on (Continues until position filled)


Benefits Eligible


Full Time/Part Time

Full Time

Days and Schedule to be Worked

Requires flexible work schedule

Number of Hours Worked per Week

Limited to current UA employees only


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Position Summary

The Farm Supervisor, Senior, at the University of Arizona Safford Agricultural Center (located at 2134 S. Montierth Lane, Safford, AZ 85546) supervises, coordinates and performs work in the day to day operations at a University owned farm used for agricultural and/or livestock management instruction and/or research as well as at University research-based cooperator sites under the direction of faculty stationed at the Agricultural Center. The Farm Supervisor, Senior will schedule, supervise and assign work/tasks to employee classifications including Farm Attendants, inmate laborers, temporary staff, and student workers. Incumbent will supervise the work of other employees in a wide range of farm tasks, maintenance and administrative tasks. The Farm Supervisor, Senior will report directly to the Safford Agricultural Center Director and may be required to live on the premises in a University owned residence. This position will require a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the researchers and to record weather data on a daily basis. Incumbents work outside in adverse weather conditions and will be required to travel to various locations in and around Southern Arizona. This position requires the possession of or ability to obtain and maintain a commercial driver's license (CDL) upon employment. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for eligible employees and their spouses and dependents; access to campus and recreational activities; state retirement; and more!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervises two or more full-time employees, or their equivalent, on a regular basis as well as part-time staff, student workers, temporary and inmate laborers. *Makes decisions regarding hiring, evaluation, promotion and termination of employees or makes related recommendations that are given particular weight. *Plans, monitors and schedules farming activities and/or performs farming activities such as land/plot allocations, planting, cultivating, irrigating, harvesting, and applying pesticides and fertilizers. *Receives work requests from project leaders who are performing research on designated plots of land or with research animals and discusses feasibility with Ag Center Director, and as needed will assign/allocate center resources. *Monitors the growth and development of crops planted to ensure minimization of stress and to promote optimum growth of all crops planted in accordance with established standard operating practices. *Coordinate to ensure accurate weather data is collected on a daily basis, seven days per week, as a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather network. *Inspects and coordinates the repair and/or repairs farm equipment and machinery such as tractors, trailers, implements and trucks, and maintains records associated with maintenance of all equipment including trucks, tractors, trailers, and other serviceable equipment. *Inventories and requisitions, purchases or authorizes purchases of such items as fuel, equipment, fertilizer, seed, pesticide and ingredients for animal feed. Will be required to apply for and be responsible for a University Purchasing Card. *Plans and coordinates the repair of and constructs buildings, sheds and fences; coordinates the repair of minor electrical, plumbing and carpentry problems. *Maintains records including but not limited to gas usage, work completed, crops planted, cultural practices (i.e. fertilization, irrigation, and pest control applications), and number of animals bred, sold and slaughtered, food consumption and animal production activities. *Drives truck to transport supplies, equipment and animals needed for various research projects and farm operations on site and occasionally at remote locations where research projects are conducted. *Willing to assist in the planning and execution of agricultural education programming by presenting agricultural related topics to youth and adults as the need arises. *Monitors and/or maintains records of the farm activities, including field summaries, work records, farm expenses and petty cash account. *Trains workers, and others who have a need to be in the fields, in pesticide safety and equipment usage and safety. *Oversees the maintenance and physical appearance of the facility.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Two years of college with course work in Agriculture, Animal Sciences or related field AND two years of experience on a major farm operation which includes one year of supervisory experience; OR, Four years of experience on a major farm operation which includes one year of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education. Possession of a current Arizona Type D driver's license upon employment.

Additional Minimum Qualifications

  • Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain a commercial driver's license (CDL) upon employment. *Basic computer skills including but not limited to email, word processing, and basic spreadsheet manipulation. *Skilled in the operation, maintenance and repair of all farm machinery and the use of tools utilized in the repair of equipment and facilities.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles. *Knowledge of large scale farming operations, experimental farming procedures and the use of controls. *Knowledge of local, state and federal regulations and the ability to apply this knowledge to a University research setting. *Skill in maintaining records, both written and computerized. *Ability to utilize resources under budgeted state and/or contracted guidelines. *Ability to effectively communicate with support staff, and adult and student visitors to the Safford Agricultural Center.
Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition, a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United States.

What kind of criminal background check is required for this position?

This position is non-security sensitive and requires a name-based criminal background check

Supplemental Pre-Employment Screening

CDL DOT Drug Test & Physical CDL DOT Employment Verification

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