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University of Massachusetts Amherst Departmental Assistant - Agricultural Learning Center in Amherst, Massachusetts

Departmental Assistant - Agricultural Learning Center

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Work type: Hourly

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Stockbridge Sch of Agriculture


Categories: Temporary Non-Benefited

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Assist with management and implementation of programming at the Agricultural Learning Center.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Assist with vegetable production systems in support of the U-Mass Student Farming Enterprise including crop, planting, and maintenance and harvesting.

  • Operate a motor vehicle to deliver fresh produce and meat from farm to various market locations both on and off campus.

  • Operate farm equipment in support of all programming at the Agricultural Learning Center.

  • Provide support for other activities associated with all programming at the Agricultural Learning Center as needed.

  • Assist with the management of all Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approved projects at the Agricultural Learning Center.

  • Assist with the compilation of financial records for revenue generated from the sale of vegetables and meat on the farm.

  • Assist with the composition of final revenue reports from the sale of vegetables, fruits and meat products produced at the Agricultural Learning Center.

  • Develop website content and social media pages.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.

  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.

  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work independently and cooperatively.

  • Basic familiarity with agriculture in Massachusetts.

  • Willingness to work outdoors during the summer months.

  • Familiarity with basic computer skills for word processing and use of spreadsheet software and internet.

  • Ability to follow instructions.

  • Valid Drivers License.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

Coursework in Sustainable Food and Farming Program, familiarity with vegetable or other agricultural systems; experience working in the outdoors.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Balancing

  • Carrying

  • Pulling/Pushing

  • Repetitive movement

  • Standing

  • Bending

  • Travel to other campuses

  • Working outdoors in all conditions of weather

  • Climbing

  • Driving

  • Reaching

  • Sitting

  • Twisting

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Salary Information

$17.00 hour

Temporary position: 5/1/2021 - 12/01/2021

Special Instructions to Applicants

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Mar 25 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: Apr 30 2021 Eastern Daylight Time