Agricultural Specialist - Crops Division

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Kansas City, KANSAS
Job Type: FullTime

Agriculture/University Farm

Job Posting Title
Agricultural Specialist - Crops Division

Job Description

Position Description:  Work involves farming, machinery/equipment/facilities repair and maintenance, supervision of employees, teaching support, and record keeping.  This position will report directly to the Crop/Shop Division Manager. 

Minimum Qualifications: High School diploma or GED equivalency and two years of farm experience or two years of post-secondary education pursuing an agricultural degree.

Preferred QualificationsBachelor’s degree in Agronomy, two or more years of farm experience for this area, knowledge of precision agriculture, private pesticide applicators license, and mechanical skills.  

Appointment Date:  Immediately after the offer, acceptance of the position, and completion of a criminal background check.

Application Deadline: Priority deadline is June 30, 2019

Salary: $15.75 per hour

Benefits: Competitive benefit package


  • Coordination of all agronomic crop production and tillage practices on University Farm owned/leased land.
  • Records of all agronomic crop production, tillage, pesticides, fertilizer, and inputs.
  • Practical maintenance, service, upkeep, and repair of farm machinery, farm buildings, grounds, and vehicles.
  • Maintenance, service, and repair records for every job performed.
  • Supervise student employees to create a safe, efficient, and visually acceptable production environment.
  • Assist other Farm personnel with work activities that will allow for an efficient use of labor resources on the University Farm and assure the completion of operational tasks in a timely fashion. 
  • Participation in instructional activities and outreach programs related to the crop/shop division that complement the department’s academic focus and public relations efforts particularly in agronomic classes.
  • Maintenance of the computerized record keeping system.

Required Application Documents:  Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three professional references. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Dr. C. D. Cranwell

Chair, Department of Agriculture

Fort Hays State University

600 Park Street, Hays, KS 67601-4099

Telephone: (785) 628-4196


About the Department:

The Department of Agriculture has seven full-time faculty positions serving about 300 undergraduate students, and offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. Students who select the Agriculture major pursue program options in agricultural education, agronomy, animal science, and general agriculture. Additionally, the department offers an online Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business. Currently over 80 students are enrolled in the online program. Four classified staff employees oversee individual operations (beef, sheep, swine, and dryland crop production) on a 3,825 acre University Farm.  This facility is available to provide students with access to hands-on experiential learning opportunities that complement the classroom experience.  See the department’s home page at for additional information.

About the Werth College of Science, Technology and Mathematics:
The college was formed in 2015 by aggregating the departments of Agriculture, Applied Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics, as well as the Sternberg Museum of Natural History and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The academic units consist of approximately 70 full-time faculty, 1400 undergraduate majors, and 50 graduate students. Undergraduate students participate in technical, classroom, field, and lab experiences that many universities would reserve for graduate students. The wide range of academic programs are innovative, and college faculty embrace a one-on-one teaching and mentoring philosophy, while providing robust scholarship opportunities for our students.


Candidates will discover a locale where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with an optimal quality of life. Fort Hays State University is located in Hays, Kansas, a vibrant, growing community of over 20,000 that takes great pride in the University's presence. Hays is a celebration of historic and contemporary contrasts, evidenced in its frontier roots highlighted throughout the city and local museums and in its redeveloped downtown area where residents enjoy one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shopping, and a vibrant arts scene. This community’s commitment to the future inspires Hays businesses to reinvest locally.

A welcoming and family-centered community, Hays offers premier healthcare services, a growing high-tech and retail business community, and excellent Pre-K and K–12 schools in both the private and public sectors. The City of Hays has long been known as a safe community, and the FHSU campus is recognized by the National Council for Home Safety and Security in 2018 as one of the Top 100 Safest College Campuses in America. For entertainment, recreation, education, employment, or simply for a comfortable place to live, residents of all ages will find in Hays the elements that contribute to a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling lifestyle.

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

Notice to KPERS retirees applying for a position: Recent legislation changes working-after-retirement rules for both you and your employer if you go back to work for a KPERS employer. Please contact your KPERS representative or for further information on how this might affect you.

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