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Farm Supervisor Duties

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This is advanced farm management work in the conduct of general and specialized farming operations on a large institutional farm.

Work involves responsibility for planning, coordinating, and directing the operation of a large institutional farm and its specialized subordinate and related units such as dairy, poultry, truck garden, 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 large sized group of skilled and unskilled farm workers. Direction is received from a superior chiefly with regard to general administrative matters, such as production, purchasing, personnel, and accounting. This work differs from Farm Foreman II level by degree of complexity and scope of operations involved.


Coordinates with administrators and research project leaders on work plans and programs and makes recommendations for improvements, land preparation, fertilizing, planting crops, cultivation, and harvesting of experimental feed plots.

Determines soil use and rotation of crops.

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

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

Supervises 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 buildings and equipment.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard vocational or high school supplemented by some college course work in agriculture; and extensive responsible experience in general farm work involving farm planning, methods, and production; and experience in supervisory farm work; 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 husbandry, and of farm building and equipment care and maintenance.

Thorough knowledge of farm equipment and materials and ability to manage the use of materials and equipment efficiently and economically.

Considerable knowledge of plant and animal diseases and insect pests and of modern methods of their prevention, eradication, and cure.

Ability to plan and direct large scale diversified farm activities, to supervise large groups of farm workers in 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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