Agricultural Operations Specialist (Agronomy Farm Manager)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 04 – J – Exempt
  • 05 – K – Exempt
Work Unit:
College Of Agricultural Sciences
Plant Science
Full/Part Time:


This position will oversee the day to day operations of the Agronomy Research Farm. Duties include managing and coordinating all farm operations; assisting faculty in research and teaching; reviewing historical crop production records; allocating land for various research projects and maintaining crop records from individual fields; propose, direct, and manage operating budgets by marketing of crops grown on the farm while controlling expenditures for labor, equipment, and supplies; provide safety training and a safe environment for everyone using the farm; hire, recruit, train and supervise full time and hourly seasonal employees; oversee corn and forage variety testing programs; 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. An attractive benefits package is available. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. This job will be filled as a level 4, or level 5, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus eight years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 4. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Master's Degree is preferred. Applicants should possess experience with farm operations, experimental design, and data collection/analysis. A Class A Commercial Driver’s License and category 18 PA Pesticide Applicators License are also required and must be obtained within 90 days from date of hire. This position is subject to Federal Department of Transportation testing for alcohol and controlled substances (49 CFR Part 40), and physical examination requirements per 67 PA. Code 231.85. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. 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. Candidates must provide a cover letter, resume and a list of at least three professional references.

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