University of Alberta

Unit Supervisor

Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science

Competition No.  -    S108436956
Posting Date  -    Aug 29, 2018
Closing Date  -    Sep 30, 2018
Position Type  -    Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range  -    $76,574 to $107,481 per year
Grade  -    12
Hours  -    40

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science invites applications for the Unit Supervisor position for the Roy Berg Kinsella Research Ranch and the Mattheis Research Ranch.  The successful candidate will reside at the Kinsella Ranch and commute between there and the Mattheis Ranch as required for consultation and supervision.  The Unit Supervisor will manage a herd of about 850 beef cattle and 140 dairy heifers at the Kinsella Ranch, 800 cows at the Mattheis Ranch, as well as a total of 24,000 acres of land, split evenly between Kinsella and Mattheis ranches.  A detailed knowledge of beef cow nutrition, husbandry, record keeping, and financial management is required, as well as an in-depth knowledge of rangeland and rangeland management, including native rangeland ecology, forage quality and quantity parameters, and tame grassland management.


  • Supervises 6 full-time staff (5 at Kinsella, 1 at Mattheis) and 1 – 2 temporary seasonal staff.
  • Revenue and expense tracking for unit budgets, planning for major expenses, managing production and research activity to optimize financial returns.
  • Establishes costs and expectations for research protocols.
  • Maintains detailed individual animal record system.
  • Trains new graduate students and temporary staff in procedures and SOPs.
  • Monitors animal welfare of all animals held under research protocols.
  • Troubleshoots research protocols and intervenes where required to maintain data integrity.
  • Manages the data collection systems at the Kinsella Ranch (Growsafe).
  • Monitors the cattle market and feed supply conditions at the local level for long feed and regional and national level for grains and concentrates and for livestock pricing and trends.
  • Coordinates the selection, sale, and distribution of sale animals in consideration of current and future research projects, and in consultation with principle investigators and the Research Stations Manager.
  • Plans and supervises the planting, seeding, and harvest of about 3500 tons of long feed (silage, greenfeed and hay) per year, from the Kinsella Ranch.  This requires establishing agreements with local contractors to plant, spray, and harvest annual cereal crops, and supervising ranch staff to harvest perennial hay.
  • Purchases long feed, grain, and concentrates as required.
  • Supervises the on-site application of animal health programs.
  • Maintains capability to house 5 strains of cattle, in all classes including newborn calves, yearlings, mature cows and bulls, and feedlot animals.
  • Supervises the rearing of dairy heifers, which have significantly different and more stringent requirements than beef cattle for facilities, feed, nutrition, and breeding.
  • Assigns animals to research trials and supervise all protocol executed on those animals.
  • Supervises adherence to industry codes of practice for classes of cattle listed above.
  • Makes animal health decisions on a daily basis in the absence of the supervision or advice from supervisors or consulting veterinarians.
  • Supervises safe working environment for all staff and students.
  • Provides on-site training for all subordinates.
  • Works in a proactive manner to notify the Research Stations Manager of potential safety issues.


  • Minimum of a M.Sc. in Beef or Range Science and 5 years of experience in a related field, or equivalent education and experience.
  • Previous supervisory experience, as well as knowledge of University of Alberta administrative procedures, is an asset.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Problem solving and analysis skills.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.