Research Station Manager

Research station managers work in a leadership role for the management of research stations that are used for outdoor scientific investigation, data analysis and experimentation. Areas of research can include animal agriculture, plant breeding, research, crop/seed production and product development. They also host events for farmers, consumers and government officials for educational and promotional purposes.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Manage all daily aspects of research station operations
  • Provide procedures for collection, classification and preservation of samples
  • Set policy for experimental procedures, testing, analysis and monitoring processes
  • Supervise research trials and projects to achieve validated research data
  • Prepare annual forecasts, budgets and other business plans
  • Control costs in line with budget expectations
  • Ensure compliance to safety and environmental regulations
  • Be responsible for facility and equipment maintenance and repair
  • Supervise, train and schedule staff
  • Plan space for research plots and experiments
  • Host educational events for farmers, consumers and government officials
  • Ensure maintenance of equipment and facilities in support of all programs
  • Ensure maintenance of all research, planting, harvesting and seed-cleaning equipment

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • mathematics
  • statistics
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • Spanish
  • business
  • computer skills

Education/Training Required:

A bachelor’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, crop science, soil science or animal science is required.

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