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This is farm management work in the conduct of general farming operations on a moderately large institution farm.

Work involves responsibility for planning, coordinating, and directing the operation of a moderately large institutional farm and its specialized subordinate and related units such as dairy, poultry, truck garden, and field and orchard, and for the care of livestock and equipment, or for supervising other farm operations of comparable level of difficulty. Work includes supervision of a moderately large sized group of farm workers. Direction is received from a superior chiefly with regard to general administrative matters, such as production, purchasing, personnel, and accounting.


Confers with administrators and research project leaders on work plans and programs and makes recommendations for improvements; assists in planning land preparation, fertilizing, planting crops, cultivation, and harvesting of experimental plots.

Determines soil use and rotation of crops.

Inspects dairy, garden, poultry, orchard, and other units; confers with and advises projects leaders on problems; passes upon requisitions for equipment and materials; approves work schedules.

Plans and supervises the planting, cultivation, harvesting, and storing for field and garden crops on large and complex institutional farms.

Assists a professional superior in supervising all operations of one of the larger and more complex institutional farms.

Makes reports on time, equipment, materials, and production; keeps records and prepares estimates of needs.

Directs the repair and maintenance of farm building and equipment.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard vocational or high school, supplemented by some college course work in agriculture; and considerable, responsible experience in general farm work involving farm planning, methods, and production; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques of practical farm management as related to institutional needs and purposes.

Thorough knowledge of soils, crops, animal disease, and insect pests and of modern methods for their prevention, eradication, and cure.

Ability to plan and direct large scale diversified farm activities and to direct skilled and unskilled employees in varied farm operations.

Ability to keep records of time, production, and costs and to make reports and recommendations for improvement in methods and equipment.



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