Agricultural Mechanic

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Agricultural Mechanic
Classification Title Equipment Mechanic III
Position Type State Classified
Open Date 07/26/2017
Close Date 08/28/2017
Salary $4,110 - $5,844 monthly + Full Benefits
Full/Part Time Full-time
State Classified Hourly No
Overtime Eligible
Position Location Fort Collins, CO 80523
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.

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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:

    • Four full-time years (48 months) of progressively responsible experience operating and adjusting farm machinery and equipment. Experience must include maintenance and repair of agricultural equipment of all ages and conditions
    • Must have and attach a copy of current diesel technician or equivalent mechanic certificate
    • Current valid driver’s license
    Preferred Qualifications

    Highly sought applicants will have many of the following:

    • Ability to meet the physical demands and work in the environmental conditions & physical surroundings at the research center
    • Self-starter and ability to multi-task and prioritize various different activities.
    • Excellent communication skills; ability to convey technical information and interact professionally with others.
    • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural science or closely related field or commensurate combination of education and/or experience in production agriculture
    • Knowledge and experience using welding techniques to both maintain and create agricultural tools and/or equipment
    • Experience with irrigation systems and water delivery mechanisms
    • Commercial Driver’s License
    • Flexibility to accommodate Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) and to meet seasonal demands as well as varied work hours extending in night and/or weekend.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of MS Word and Excel, as well as email and use of mobile internet devices
    • Demonstrated organizational abilities and attention to detail such as the ability to maintain high quality accurate records and other data management.
    • Interest and ability to work, collaborate and communicate in a team environment.
    • Hands-on experience in Global Positioning System (GPS) technology currently installed on equipment.
    • Demonstrated ability to maintain various record keeping system databases.
    • Certified Operator Pesticide License or Private Applicator License
    • Ability and willingness to travel to various Agricultural Experiment Station research centers throughout Colorado, based on needs and availability

    Essential Job Duties

    Job Duty Category Project Management
    • Perform routine maintenance, repairs and welding of agronomy and livestock machinery, implements, large vehicles, irrigation equipment and associated facilities in an agricultural environment using CSU resources, to ensure the integrity of research and science in overall presentation.
    • Travel to various Agricultural Experiment Station research centers throughout Colorado, based on needs and availability.
    Percentage Of Time 60
    Job Duty Category Agricultural Operations
    • Perform field production, research support, irrigation and commodity storage practices to ensure the integrity of research and science. Duties such as tillage, irrigation and harvest operations. Monitors and maintains extensive irrigation systems and proactively troubleshoots issues and problems.
    Percentage Of Time 20
    Job Duty Category Training, Administrative, Recordkeeping and Data Entry
    • Train and monitor users of machinery, equipment and vehicles at ARDEC to ensure safety protocols are in full force and effect. Users primarily comprised of graduate students, hourly employees and Principal Investigators
    • Maintain shops’ supplies and appropriate resources
    • Contact vendors via telephone, email and in person to order consumable supplies, parts and fuels to ensure the integrity of research and science.
    • Maintain and record tasks in electronic record keeping systems to maintain federal, state and University compliance
    Percentage Of Time 20

    Application Details

    Special Instructions to Applicants


    • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
    • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
    • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


    • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
      • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
      • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
      • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (eg: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


    • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
    • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
      **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


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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.
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    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.

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    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * Are you willing and able to submit to a pre-employment background check that may include, but is not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history as a condition of hire?
      • Yes
      • No
    2. * This position will require flexibility to accommodate Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) and to meet seasonal demands, as well as varied work hours extending in night and/or weekends. Are you willing to work a flexible work arrangement such as this?
      • Yes
      • No
    3. * If you have a current and valid driver's license, please list 1) the number, 2) the expiration date, and 3) the issuing state. Otherwise, state "N/A".

      (Open Ended Question)

    4. * Please list all applicable certifications and/or current licenses you have, and provide copies of each, attached with the application.

      (Open Ended Question)

    5. * This position will require that you use professionally appropriate communication in your written as well as verbal interactions. How have you demonstrated professionalism in your communications in past positions?

      (Open Ended Question)

    6. * Please ensure that you have attached a cover letter with this application that discusses the following topics: * Your professional and/or personal experience which prepares you for working in an agricultural working atmosphere * What is it that you believe makes you a good fit for this role * Why you would like to work with ARDEC at CSU
      • I have attached a cover letter which addresses these topics

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents
    1. Cover Letter
    2. License/Certification
    Optional Documents
    1. Veteran DD214 Form (Member-4) (For State Classified searches ONLY)