Agricultural Operations Specialist 3 (Meat Science Laboratory Assistant Unit Manager)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Animal Science
Full/Part Time:


The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of unit management including, but not limited to the following: supervision of student employees, maintaining the sanitary conditions of the processing environment, and implementation and documentation of the food safety system and supporting prerequisites (SOPs & SSOPs). In addition, this person will be responsible for monitoring, documenting and/or verifying critical parameters outlined in the unit’s HACCP records. There is an expectation that the successful candidate will assist with all aspects of livestock harvest, fabrication, processing, further processing, packaging, labeling and preparation of meat products for sales. They will also engage in appropriate collaborative and interdisciplinary activities within and outside of the department; with the expectation that they will interact with various industry organizations as appropriate. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Meat Science, Animal Science, Food Science or other relations field of study is highly preferred to be considered for employment. Meat processing and food industry experience is preferred. Applicants with a degree in a related field of study will be considered provided they have sufficient and appropriate meat science knowledge ad industry expertise. The candidate must possess excellent communication, organizational, and management skills, and must be competent at various computer skills, including but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheet and data manipulation and presentation software. An expertise in multi-species slaughter, carcass fabrication, further processing and product formulation and development is required. This person must be knowledgeable of USDA regulations, sanitary dressing procedures, and food safety. Must have HACCP certification or obtain certification within 6 months. Th successful candidate will demonstrate positive human relations ad effective communication skills necessary to work effectively with colleagues, industry representatives, government officials, and the general public. Salary is competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088