Agricultural Operations Specialist (Farm Manager)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – H – Exempt
  • 04 – J – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
Full/Part Time:


Oversee the day to day operations of the Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology Research Farm. Duties include, direct, plan, establish, administer budget, manage and coordinate all farm operations, assisting faculty in research and teaching, reviewing historical crop production records, allocating land for various research projects, maintaining crop records from individual fields, directing and assisting in the collection of research data, developing budgets, marketing of crops grown, and providing safety training. Propose, direct, and manage operating budgets while controlling expenditures for labor, equipment, and supplies. Hire, recruit, train and supervise several hourly seasonal employees. Develop objectives, assign work schedules, administer attendance record, approve time in system, and conduct annual performance evaluations. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with a team of Farm Managers to facilitate the successful coordination of research, teaching and extension activities and efficient use of resources. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. B.S. in Horticulture, Entomology, Agronomy, Plant Science, Plant Pathology or a related field is preferred, and a Master's degree is preferred. Applicants should possess experience with farm operations and have a strong understanding of field research. An ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university is required, as is the ability to engage with industry representatives and the general public. Salary is competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available. Candidates must provide a cover letter, resume and a list of at least three professional references. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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