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ETRC Assistant Farm Manager

Colorado State University
Job Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Extension and Outreach
Position Location
Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position: Yes

Posting Number: 202101133AP

Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title
Research Associate I

Work Hours/Week: 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range
$42,000-$52,000 plus comprehensive benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU's Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: &

Desired Start Date

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Animal Sciences has the unique mission of serving Colorado's large and diverse livestock industries. Research, teaching and extension outreach activities in the Department of Animal Sciences focus on developing industry leaders and improving profitable production of horses and food animals through the application of science and technology, resource management and food product enhancement, with emphasis on addressing societal issues concerning food safety, product quality and value, animal care and management, and environmental impacts of animal agriculture.

Position Summary

This position will help manage the Equine Teaching and Research Center (ETRC) animals and facilities to support research, teaching, outreach and commercial functions as assistant to the facility manager. Primary responsibilities are to actively manage, assist and coordinate daily operations for all horses and livestock on the ETRC premise. The Assistant Manager will work with the Facility Manager to oversee and maintain facilities and equipment on the grounds, contribute to the general operations of the ETRC and maintain high standards of cleanliness in all facilities. Specifically, this position needs to ensure that all animals are healthy and available when needed, which requires good communication, coordination and record keeping. Additionally, this position will be responsible for ensuring that all facilities are safe, in good repair and ready for class, outside events, and various research activities. The position will aid in the support of research activities from a facility perspective. Daily management may require coordinating work with Facilities Management, operating heavy equipment, or coordinating the hourly staff to accomplish the work. During events, this position is also responsible for overseeing daily operations and needs of the renter to ensure customer satisfaction. If something should happen during an event, this position is responsible for coming up with a solution to the issue which may involve critical thinking to formulate a solution. The successful candidate must be able to meet the physical and environmental demands of the position including but not limited to: ability to lift 50 to 75 pounds, two times per day and to work in changing weather and atmospheric conditions.

Required Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum two years of experience in animal care and management with active involvement
  • Minimum one year of experience in facility maintenance and repair
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Effective communication skills
  • Demonstrated organizational abilities and attention to detail such as the ability to maintain high quality records and other data management
  • Demonstrated ability to interact professionally with faculty, staff, students, clients, and government agencies and representative
  • Must have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a driver's license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date
  • Must be able to work a flextime schedule to include extended hours, nights and weekends, as necessary
  • Availability to be "on-call" if needed to help address horses' welfare during an emergency, evacuation or health issue
  • Ability to meet the physical and environmental demands of the position including but not limited to: ability to lift 50 to 75 pounds (such as bags of feed, with or without assistance) 2 times per day and to work in changing weather and atmospheric conditions
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Degree(s) in Equine Sciences, Animal Sciences or related field
  • Experience in animal/equine care and management
    • Feed management
    • Bandaging/first-aid
  • Experience with facilities maintenance
    • Operation of heavy equipment
    • Maintenance of equipment
    • Plumbing/Electrical/Carpentry/Welding
  • Experience with event organization
  • Experience driving truck and trailer (Bumper pull and gooseneck)
  • Experience operating feed truck
  • Commercial Driver's License
Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department's commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Job Duty Category: Teaching and Research Animal Care


Supervise twice daily care and feeding of all horses and livestock for research, teaching, outreach and events which are under the purview of the CSU ETRC (40-100 horses and occasional cattle). Assist with medical care for all CSU ETRC horses including preventative care (vaccinations, de-worming, farrier assistance, etc.), injury and illness prevention and treatment (assess condition/TPR/BCS, call vet when needed, provide directed care). All of these aspects are critical to the operations at the ETRC. Follow care protocols and SOPs with other staff, faculty, veterinarians, student organizations and university administration. Assist with all record keeping (hard copy and computerized) for IACUC and ETRC. Provide supervision of student and non-student employees in coordination with the facility manager to ensure the health and welfare of horses.

Percentage Of Time: 35

Job Duty Category: Facilities Management


Provide assistance in the maintenance, care, repair and scheduling of ETRC facilities multiple buildings, barns, structures and grounds. These facilities include a 300'X 150' arena and associated 2000 seat stadium (BW Pickett Arena), 36 stall barn and attached 175' X 80' arena, tack rooms, veterinary exam area and classroom (Adams, Atkinson Arena), 30 stall barn (Legends Barn), 10 stall barn and attached arena (TGEC), 21 permanent horse housing facilities (Pens 1-10, Watershed, FSE), 10 additional temporary horse housing pens (Legends of Ranching Pens), an outdoor arena, a maintenance shed, pastures at LaPorte facility, and remote pens used to quarantine horses (Belknap Pens).

Percentage Of Time: 35

Job Duty Category: Event Management


Provides oversight as required for events scheduled at the ETRC complex. These events could include educational events, club activities, college/departmental activities, university events and commercial and non-profit events. Be aware of the scheduled event and what is required as to setup and staffing for each event. Coordinate setup and teardown/cleanup along with noting the equipment and items used that are billed to the event. Report those items to Facility Manager to complete the client billing.

Percentage Of Time: 30

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply online by October 31, 2021. Please submit the following materials:
1. Cover letter addressing the required and desired qualifications
2. Resume or CV
3. Contact information for three references
4. Other/Optional document: Unofficial transcript. Official transcript may be requested at a later date from finalist candidate for degree verification.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver's License, On-call Status

Search Contact
Ryan Brooks,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University's Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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