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Nursery Research Manager

Sunterra Farms

Parkston, South Dakota

Sunterra is a family-owned company based in Alberta, Canada with operations in Ontario and the United States. The business is principally owned and operated by the Price Family. The Prices have been farming for three generations and have grown Sunterra into a diversified, integrated food and production business.

The company employs over 1200 staff in various roles of operations, but it remains firmly based in its family values. Our business in Iowa and South Dakota has been in operation for over 20 years and we are proud to work with many communities in both states.

Great people are the key to Sunterra’s success, and we are always on the lookout for driven individuals with a passion for pork production. As Sunterra continues to grow, we are looking for team members to further our team’s knowledge and relevance in the industry.

We offer a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees, including competitive pay, health insurance, dental insurance, paid time off, a cell phone and a vehicle.

Position Summary

The Sunterra Farms Nursery Research Manager is directly responsible for managing a 2,400 head Sunterra Nursery Research facility near Parkston, South Dakota. The successful candidate will oversee and conduct research trials at that facility and other commercial facilities to ensure that the projects are following company standard operating procedures and trial protocols while working with staff members and/or external parties.

Critical to the success of research trials, this position has direct responsibility for the implementation of research protocols and the daily care, maintenance and management of a research farm and farm equipment. The duties of this job require a high degree of skill in maintaining established standards of quality and accuracy. Drive, determination and a self-disciplined approach to achieving results that meet these established criteria are a necessity for successful job performance. At times, the work will require technical problem solving while working within approved organizational systems and technology. New ideas and concepts are important but will be carefully analyzed and tested before communication and adoption.

Compensation package includes:
• Competitive Salary
• Company Vehicle
• Company Cell Phone and iPad or Laptop
• Medical/ Dental Insurance
• Bonus Opportunity


For Research:

• The nursery research manager is integral to trial planning, implementation, and to the completion of trial tasks on a daily basis
• Excellent communication skills are required to deliver regular updates on research operations via phone and email to team members
• Ensuring all research protocol actions are met
• Problem solving and trouble shooting skills that respect trial integrity
• Maintain research equipment – ensuring equipment is in good working condition ahead of trial activities
• Maintaining inventory of research supplies as per protocol requirements
• Collect data in an organized, detailed, and accurate manner
• Experience with Excel and Word
• Weighing pigs on a regular basis, comfortable with the physical demands associated with this task
• Train and develop research personnel, proactively identify additional help needed on certain trial days

For General Production:

• Continually work to improve processes and efficiencies, the company business plan and personal work goals
• Understand and follow biosecurity policies
• Ensure that projects meet Animal Care requirements
• Manage alarms or emergencies as they occur

Responsible for the care, maintenance and management of assigned sites to include the following but not limited to:
o Inventory control feed, water, etc.
o Ordering and administration of medications, vaccinations and disease diagnosis
o Cost control and keeping site expenses under control
o Maintenance, site care, manure control and informing field operations of needed repairs
o Keep the Health Team informed on a timely basis regarding scheduling, issues, time frames, commitments, production and human resource issues
o Uphold company image and promoting it inside and outside the organization
o Support and promote company policies, procedures, and values.
o Barn preparation for new group of pigs
o Loading and unloading pigs for transport
o Counting pigs
o Data collection call in of production related information
o Monitor and adjust ventilation as needed
o Report information as requested (weekly, month end reports, etc.)
o Perform preventative maintenance of all equipment

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Requirements

• Previous swine or livestock production experience, 1-2 years preferred
• Prior research and management experience, preferred.
• Basic computer proficiency, especially in Microsoft Excel, required.
• Demonstrates a high level of professionalism and leadership skills.
• Ability to perform in highly interruptive conditions
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Effective communication skills and experience in exercising independent thinking and judgment
• Ability to manage time and priorities in a fast-paced changing environment is essential. Ability to solve complex problems
• Ability to stand on concrete for extended periods of time
• Ability to lift 50 lbs
• Ability to push, pull, carry items on regular basis


• Bachelor's Degree in an Agricultural field or Vocational Education degree preferred

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.