University of Maine hiring Farm Operations Technician

Orono, Maine
Position Title:
Farm Operations Technician CL2 (id:29216)
Farms/University Forest
Bargaining Unit:
Salary Band/Wage Band:
B22 ($13.41/hour)

Position is available to employees of the Associated C.O.L.T. Staff of the University of Maine from 10/07/15 through 10/13/15 and open to external applicants thereafter. 

Normal work hours are 8 am to 4:30pm with work on weekends and hours outside of normal schedule required.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

(These responsibilities are representative sample of essential class duties; position assignments may vary.)

  1. Performs and/or oversees farm operations including, e.g., planting, seed preparation, field cultivation, spraying, harvesting; monitoring livestock; managing crop health; wood and brush cutting, road repair and mowing.
  2. Operates a variety of vehicles, equipment and tools, e.g., welder and other shop equipment.
  3. Performs and/or oversees repair and maintenance on farm machinery, auxiliary equipment, and buildings. Performs carpentry, painting, and/or plumbing not requiring a license to maintain farm facilities.
  4. Maintains inventory within assigned area of responsibilities. Orders supplies and parts. Assists in major equipment purchases.
  5. Coordinates and/or attends safety training.
  6. Collects data and maintains accurate records.
  7. Oversees and supports work of student and temporary workers.
  8. Performs other duties of a similar nature and level.

Witter Center Specific Responsibilities

  1. Feeds cows, heifers, and calves with equipment and by hand.
  2. Operates skid steer, tractors, farm implements, and trucks.
  3. Performs minor maintenance on farm equipment.
  4. Performs minor maintenance on milking and barn equipment.
  5. Performs light carpentry, electrical, and plumbing work not requiring a license.
  6. Participates in milking rotation and performs other daily animal husbandry chores (feeding, cleaning, health treatments).
  7. Participates in field activities (planting, tending, and harvesting crops).
  8. General upkeep on facilities (mowing lawns, weed trimming, snow removal, fence repair).
  9. Required to work on weekends and outside normal hours of 8 am to 4:30 pm, and overtime.

Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:
  • Associate’s degree in agronomy, animal sciences, or a related field or equivalent work experience and training AND sufficient experience, including three years farm operations experience.
  • Valid Maine driver’s license is required.
  • Knowledge of proper use of assigned tools.
  • Knowledge of farm operations and procedures for operating, inspecting, maintaining, and storing assigned equipment.
  • Knowledge of safety principals related to operation of assigned motorized equipment.
  • Ability to operate assigned tools and motorized equipment safely and effectively.
  • Ability to perform heavy manual labor for extended periods of time, often under unfavorable conditions.
  • Skill in routinely checking equipment, identifying equipment malfunctions and performing routine cleaning and maintenance of equipment.
  • Ability to maintain accurate and complete records and reports.
  • Ability to participate in milking rotation and perform other animal husbandry chores, preferred
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc., sufficient to exchange or convey information and to (give and) receive work direction.

Physical Requirements

  • Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, fingering, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
  • Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, wetness, humidity, fire, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, and intense noises and travel.

Appropriate background checks are required.

All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.

To Apply:

Materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position”.  You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications; and provide contact information for three professional references. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable pool of candidates is found.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Fiscal Year (12 Months)
Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume/CV