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Beef Herd Unit Supervisor

University/Agency Illinois State University
Civil Service Classification Assistant Agricultural Research Technician
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Posting Duration 5/25/2023 - 6/8/2023
Probationary Period 6 months

Job Description

Job Summary
The main duties of this position is the management of the Beef Herd. Support with research projects and production at the Illinois State University Farm and within the Department of Agriculture at Illinois State University is a requirement. This position will assist with duties related to the sheep flock and the Waste Treatment Center/Compost site.

Additional Information
The University Farm in Lexington, IL is home to 100 beef cattle, 45 head of sheep, 85 swine, 440 acres of crop production, a waste treatment center and 13 acre composting site. Approximately 300,000 tons of compost are available to use for crop production and is for sale to the public. Along with the 440 acres farmed in Lexington, there are 165-acres in Normal, IL.

University Benefit Highlights:

-Health, dental, vision, and life insurance.
-Retirement and supplemental retirement.
-Tuition waiver benefits are available to staff as well as their eligible dependents.
-Paid vacation and sick time.

For more University Benefit information:


Required Qualifications
1. High school diploma or equivalent.
2. Possession of a valid Illinois vehicle operator’s license(s).
3. Any one or combination totaling two (2) years (24 months) from the categories below:
A. Coursework in agriculture, animal science, crop science, environmental science, or a closely related field as measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent:
- 30 semester hours equals one (1) year (12 months)
- Associate’s Degree (60 semester hours) equals eighteen months (18 months)
- 90 semester hours equals two (2) years (24 months)
B. General agricultural experience as appropriate performing general animal, livestock or related farming duties.

4. A final candidate must complete a post-offer pre-employment physical exam. Employment is contingent on the successful result of the pre-employment physical.

Preferred Qualifications
1. Beef Quality Assurance Certification
2. Pork Quality Assurance Plus Certification
3. Sheep Quality Assurance Certification.
4. Certified Livestock management Training.
5. Other related certifications and/or trainings.




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Contact Information

University/Agency Illinois State University
Department/College Human Resources
Contact Colette Homan
Phone Number 309-438-8311
Comments For full consideration, the application and all supplemental information must be submitted on-line. Please complete the entire employment application including the education and work history background. Please do not put "see resume" in the duties and responsibilities section of the work history. This will be considered an incomplete application and incomplete applications will not be considered. The employment application (not resume/cover letter) will be reviewed to determine if applicant meets minimum qualifications. Please be complete in the duties and responsibilities section for each position listed.
A final candidate must complete a post-offer pre-employment physical exam. Employment is contingent on the successful result of the pre-employment physical.

The Civil Service examination for this classification is based on your application materials. No participation other than submission of applicant materials is required from applicants that qualify to take the exam. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score calculated based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register by exam score. After the application deadline, the names within the top three scores will be referred to the department for interview.

If using education to qualify, college transcripts (may be unofficial) must be faxed, mailed, delivered to Human Resources, or uploaded under optional documents prior to the posting close date.

To be eligible for Veteran's Preference points on the exam, appropriate military service documentation, such as a DD-214 must be submitted prior to the application deadline.

Transcripts and/or military service documentation may be faxed or mailed to Human Resources by the application deadline:

Fax: 309.438.0011, Attn: Colette Homan
Address: Illinois State University
Human Resources
Campus Box 1300
Normal, IL 61790-1300

Illinois State University is authorized to do business within the State of Illinois. All work under this appointment is required to be performed from within the State of Illinois.