The Santa Rita Experimental Range (SRER) is the oldest experimental rangeland in North America. Founded in 1902 by President Theodore Roosevelt the SRER serves as a large scale (~25k ha) open air research facility for semi-arid ecosystems. The SRER is operated by the University of Arizona under the Arizona Experiment Station. The Agriculture Manager I/ Range Manager will work in support of SRER functions including but not limited to research support and logistics, development of SRER mission centric conservation and outreach initiatives, volunteer management, stakeholder collaboration and engagement. This is a multi-faceted position that relies heavily on communication, interpersonal skills and creativity to address the dynamic management needs of the SRER. The Agriculture Manager I/ Range Manager will live in provided housing at the SRER, Florida Work Station headquarters located in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains roughly one hour south of Tucson. As a condition of employment, it is mandatory that the employee lives in University of Arizona provided housing on site at the SRER headquarters. This is a half-time position that reports to the Campus Agricultural Center, located at 4101 N. Campbell Avenue in Tucson.
*Aids SAES Director and SRER Director for Research to assist leaders of research and outreach projects by understanding their research needs, communicating the capacity of the SRER to meet those needs, and developing their Range Use Agreements. Provides support for research, teaching, and extension programs.
*Establishes a working relationship with Santa Rita Ranch LLC for general communication, cost sharing, and collaboration of projects.
*Serves in supervisory role with Student Conservation Association regarding SRER related projects.
*Conveys SRER mission, history, programs, and policies with public and professional groups visiting and using the SRER, news media, and other stakeholders.
*Communicates with SRER users about safely and restricted use situations such as wildland fires and firearm use. Interprets and enforces rules and regulations for SRER operation.
*Supervises and coordinates all SRER volunteer functions including basic duties, events and recruitment.
*Develops, plans, schedules, monitors, and participates in work projects and activities such as rangeland inventory and monitoring, project development and support for SRER related research, infrastructure installation, range gauge monitoring program, renovations, range improvements, fund-raising events, and SRER education and outreach activities.
*Assures compliance with the USDA FS Special Use Permit, lease with ASLD, and other applicable regulations and agreements. Independently develops SRER priority projects/initiatives for cross reference with SAES Director.
*Develops a variety of reports, plans, and initiatives including grazing plans, annual reports, monthly rain gauge reports, requests for resources, responses to local development proposals, etc.
*Manages cabin and bunkhouse usage at the headquarters area, which includes reservations, contracts, insurance paperwork, revenue collection, safety, security, and custodial duties.
*Assists with trash pickup across SRER. Cross trains with SRER Maintenance Mechanic II on rain gauge monitoring including incorporation of new digital recording process.
*Works in collaborative/supportive role with SRER Trade Maintenance Mechanic II.
*Other duties as assigned.
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.
Minimum of 3 years of related work experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience required.
Ability to live in University-provided on-site housing as a condition of employment.
Must be able to move/transport up to 50 pounds.
Must be able to work well/safely solo and with others outside in all weather conditions.
Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.
Experience in natural resources, rangeland ecology, plant science or wildlife.
Have Horticulture/Agriculture experience.
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