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Swine Livestock Unit Manager/Education and Research Swine Unit Supervisor
Animal Science – South Dakota State University

Title:  Swine Livestock Unit Manager/Education and Research Swine Unit Supervisor, Department of Animal Science.  This is a 12 month, 100% time, non-faculty exempt position.

Location:  South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.

Responsibilities:  Responsible for the daily management of the new Swine Education and Research Facility. Overall responsibilities include active participation in teaching, research, and extension efforts which utilize the animals and facility and coordination of animal flow and use which maximizes research, teaching, and extension efforts within the department and across the college and university.  Duties include the daily care of SDSU swine breeding herd and offspring in the 150 sow farrow-to-finish Swine Education and Research Facility and a 1200 hd wean-to-finish barn.  Other duties include artificial insemination of females, maintaining accurate health and herd production records including animal inventory, breeding records, and sow productivity records; implementing research protocols and coordinate animal use to address needs of research; employee supervision (i.e. Assistant Manager, graduate and undergraduate student employees); as well as activities related to teaching and outreach (i.e. scheduling class visits, coordinating use of animals for teaching purposes and facility use by producer and allied industry groups).  Individual will be responsible for maintaining facilities and equipment which include boar housing and semen collection area, physiology room, fully equipped surgical suite, 50 person classroom with wi-fi and live video access to animal rooms, and an observation hallway that allows public viewing of animal housing while maintaining biosecurity.

Required Qualifications:
Earned B.S. degree in Animal Science or closely related field by first date of employment.
Animal nutrition and swine production coursework.
People management and supervisory experience.
Previous swine production and research experience.
Minimum of one year experience in swine industry.
Must be able to interact and effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, with assistant manager, student workers, other unit managers, faculty, producers, and allied industry.

Desired Qualifications:
Research experience and experience with semen collection, extension and artificial insemination of swine.
Experience operating, maintaining and troubleshooting modern electronic feed delivery systems in gestation and lactation as well as operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of ventilation and cooling systems to ensure a high health status of the herd.

Availability:  Immediately.

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications.

Applications:    Review of applications will begin June 20, 2016 and continue until a suitable candidate is employed.  SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:, search by position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting”.  The system will guide you through the electronic application form.  The employment site will require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualification as outlined in the advertisement; resume; and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Reference letters will be solicited by the search committee as needed.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.  Email applications will not be accepted.

SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Jeff Clapper at (605) 688-5417 or

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