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Research Station Manager


Leadership role for the management of research station operations such as animal agriculture, plant breeding, research, crop/seed production, and product development.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Manage all daily aspects of research station operations
  • Provide procedures for the collection, classification, and preservation of specimens and samples
  • Set policy for experimental procedures, testing, analysis, and monitoring processes
  • Supervise research trials and projects in an effort 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
  • Responsible for facility and equipment maintenance and repair
  • Supervise, train and schedule staff
  • Plan space for research plots and experiments
  • Host events for farmer, consumers and government officials for education and promotion purposes
  • Ensure maintenance of equipment and facilities in support of all programs. 
  • Ensure maintenance of all research equipment, planting, harvesting and seed cleaning. 


What education and training is required?

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


To pursue a career as a research station manager:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, mathematics, biology, chemistry, Spanish, business courses and computer courses.


Where can I work?

Universities that are part of the Land-Grant System and some companies have research farms or facilities where they can test their products and conduct research.


Future Job Market/Outlook

The job outlook for a research station manager will be good over the next five years.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Crop Science Society of America
  • American Society of Animal Science 
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • National FFA Alumni Association 
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