The University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located on the eastern edge of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area in scenic west central Wisconsin. Year-round arts, cultural, and recreational activities and events are easily accessible from River Falls. The 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students at UWRF pursue degrees in four colleges: Education and Professional Studies; Arts and Sciences; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics.  UWRF provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, research, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunities for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued.  More information about UWRF can be found at:

Location:  This position is located on the Laboratory Farm in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Salary:  Starting salary is between $35,291 to $58,232 per year, depending on qualifications, plus excellent benefits.  A one-year probationary period is required.  The pay schedule/range is 81-04.  This position is not represented by a bargaining unit.

Job Duties:  Responsible for managing the daily operation of the Mann Valley Laboratory Farm dairy operation and Dairy Learning Center to include serving as a supervisor and performing day-to-day activities.  Provide for the health and production of the dairy herd; train and supervise students in all aspects of dairy herd management; supervise permanent and temporary staff in dairy management; provide professional assistance to faculty relative to courses and labs in dairy science, evaluation, and applied research grants/projects; perform demonstrations for students and producer groups, lead tours and conduct interactive activities, engage in quality public relations with the community.

Position will supervise, mentor, train and assess undergraduate students and university staff in agricultural programs to perform and manage quality dairy animal husbandry consistent with established best practices. Work with faculty, lab farm and university staff to maintain appropriate safety standards, as well as a clean, well maintained, aesthetically inviting and environmentally responsible facility.

This position is a full-time annual appointment – 40hrs/week. The schedule is flexible with hours developed in consultation with the Farm Director.  The standard university hours are 7:45-4:30 Monday-Friday.  However, this position requires flexibility in scheduling hours, some weekend/evening and holiday work is expected.

Special Notice: For a copy of UW River Falls campus safety information and crime statistics/Annual Security Report see or call Public Safety at (715)425-3133 for a paper copy.  Position requires final candidate to successfully complete a criminal background check and a pre-employment physical assessment.  

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Expertise in dairy herd management.  Must be able to perform daily operations of the dairy facility including milking, feeding, and care of the dairy herd.  Knowledge of the proper and safe operation of powered and non-powered farm equipment; ability to perform routine maintenance of dairy area and equipment as needed; and knowledge of the proper and safe use of hand and power tools used in equipment maintenance and fabrication.  Knowledge of the use of computers and computer software programs, especially Herd Management and Dairy Rationing software and ability to accurately record information and develop reports.  Ability to communicate and interact constructively with supervisors, researchers, fellow staff members and the general public.  Reliability, sense of responsibility and initiative to work for sustained periods of time without oversight from supervisors; ability to exercise sound judgment in work-related decision making; and willingness to adapt to changes and accept new responsibilities.  Ability to carry out verbal and written instructions.

How to Apply:  To apply for this position, you will be required to complete an exam.  Applying is a six-step process.  Step 1:  Log on to  Create an account or enable your existing account if you have applied for State jobs in the past. Note:  If you receive a security prompt when logging in, please click “yes.”  Step 2:  Search for the job announcement by clicking “Job Search” and “More Search Options.”  Enter 1301246 as “Keyword” and click “Search.”  Click on the blue job announcement title.  Step 3:  Click on the “Apply Now” button at the top or bottom of the screen.  Review the information in the “My Job Application” making any necessary updates and click on “Submit Personal Information.”  Step 4:  Complete the information on the Employment Information and Preferences screen.  This must be completed to apply for this recruitment.  Once completed, click the “Update Employment Preferences.”  Step 5:  At the “Application Detail” screen, click on the “View Exam Option” button, and the “Take Exam” button on the next screen.  Step 6:  When you are finished with the exam, click the 'Save and Finalize' button, and at the exam summary window, click the 'Finalize' button.  If you return later to update your exam, you must 'Finalize' again or your exam may not be considered."

The deadline to apply on-line is Monday, April 15, 2013.  If you have questions or problems accessing the exam, please contact Deb Schwab at (715) 425-3221, e-mail  Materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

UW-River Falls is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women, persons of color, and the people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.