Agricultural Mechanic

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
28 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
25 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center (ARDEC) is a comprehensive research, education, and outreach facility utilized by approximately 50+ faculty in the Departments of Animal Sciences, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Soil and Crop Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biology, as well as USDA/ARS scientists in support of the land grant mission. Livestock Unit operations and facilities include a 200-head Feed Intake Unit equipped with GrowSafe technology, 175 head Angus and Hereford seedstock cowherd with annual 40 head bull sale, sheep unit, 240 head heifer development facility, 510 head feedlot consisting of 50, 10-head pens, commodity storage, 212 acre pasture under pivot irrigation for intensive management of the cowherd during the summer, forage production, livestock handling facility, metabolic research facility, and supporting infrastructure. The livestock activities are managed by the Livestock Unit Manager. Plant Science Unit operations and facilities include a general processing facility, shops, grain storage, pesticide and fertilizer storage, and equipment storage and is comprised of 955+/- acres in two locations within 5 miles of each other. Farms are mostly irrigated cropland used by programs in crops, soils and pest management. The plant science activities are managed by the Plant Science Manager. ARDEC hosts many tours, events, educational courses and outreach opportunities at the ARDEC Headquarters office, ARDEC Conference Center and the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education. Overall ARDEC operations and fiscal responsibilities are managed by the Operations Manager under parameters set by the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) Deputy Director and College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) Executive Director of Finance.

Position Summary

This position is responsible for managing and coordinating the ARDEC shop in support of CSU research, teaching, and engagement/outreach programs.

Responsibilities are to perform routine maintenance and repairs of machinery, implements, large vehicles and irrigation for livestock and agronomy units at two ARDEC locations.
Irrigation methods include wells, pumps, sprinklers, gated pipe and siphon tubes.

Record-keeping is essential to the operations and will be required to ensure compliance with all federal, state and University guidelines.
The incumbent will provide training and guidance to various users of machinery, equipment and vehicles at ARDEC utilized to support livestock and agronomy activities.

Position will contribute to the high standards of safety, security and cleanliness in all equipment and facilities and support the various maintenance requirements and building proctor responsibilities of the facilities.

Due to the seasonality of the farm and livestock operations the position will also serve in the research function at various times to assist with tasks such as tillage, irrigation and harvest.
Livestock Unit and Plant Science Unit activities at ARDEC are integrated, requiring collaboration and cooperation on facility use, land management, and feed production.

This position is also expected to support and promote the Principles of Community ( of Colorado State University. Other duties as assigned.

Primary responsibility and location lies within ARDEC in Fort Collins, Colorado with the flexibility to travel to off-campus Colorado Agricultural Experiment Stations, as needed. Travel will be 6 weeks per year maximum. If travel occurs, it will be strategically coordinated and planned to occur throughout the year, and will not likely be more than one continuous week at a time.

Colorado State University’s Commitment to Campus encompasses a wide range of programs, discounts, and special benefits available to CSU faculty and staff.
Here are just a few…

  • FREE growth/training/development opportunities for Leadership, Personal Effectiveness, Communication & Conflict Resolution, Supervisory Skills, and Life and Wellness
  • After-school programs for kids
  • FREE credit courses (up to 9 semester credits per year) through Employee Study Privilege
  • FREE MAX transit use with CSU i.d.
  • Tuition Scholarships up to 50% for eligible family members

    …and much more!

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

Preferred Qualifications

Highly sought applicants will have many of the following:

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Project Management Duty/Responsibility Percentage Of Time 60 Job Duty Category Agricultural Operations Duty/Responsibility Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Training, Administrative, Recordkeeping and Data Entry Duty/Responsibility Percentage Of Time 20

Application Details

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Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License - Regular, Special Requirements/Other - Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) to meet seasonal demands as well as varied work hours extending in night and/or weekend., Travel - This position may require some travel to outlying locations up to 6 times per year.

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 or expression, or pregnancy and 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/equal access/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 Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

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

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) 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 (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.