Seasonal/Summer or Part-time Employment Opportunities

Are you interested in agriculture? Scientific research? Microbiology? Technology? Getting paid to work outside? If so, we need you!  Montana State University’s Central Agricultural Research Center (CARC) is hiring for seasonal employees to assist during spring, summer, and early fall farm activities.  Several positions are available for students or non-students of any age 16+, including:

Groundskeeping/farm worker(s) that would be responsible for mowing, trimming hedge rows and shrubs, general farm operations, maintenance, and activities as directed by the farm manager



Field research workers that would assist research staff to do various tasks: collect data in small plot trials, soil samples, forage harvest, weed control and other research-related duties


Essential functions necessary for these positions:

  • Working independently as well as part of a team
  • Repeated stooping, bending, crouching, kneeling, and reaching high and low
  • Walking to different parts of the property and in sometimes muddy fields
  • Lifting and carrying items weighing up to 50 lbs
  • Being exposed to extreme weather conditions (e.g., cold, heat, and sunshine—staff do their best to schedule field work during the cooler parts of the day in summer and assign indoor tasks during inclement weather)
  • Driving farm vehicles, including trucks, tractors, and lawn mowers (appropriate training is provided and no previous farm experience is required)
  • Must be over age 15, have a valid driver’s license, and written consent of parent/guardian if under age 18

Wages starting at $15/hour

Full time or part time hours available

Standard work days are 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday-Friday OR 8 am – 5:30 pm Monday-Thursday plus 8 am-12 noon Friday (depends on your supervisor), both schedules have a ½ hour lunch and two 15-minute breaks each day

College student housing MAY be available on-site (individual bedrooms with shared kitchen & communal space)


For more information or to apply, please contact McKenna Volkman at, call (406) 423-5421, or stop by CARC during business hours!


Central Agricultural Research Center
52583 US Highway 87
Moccasin, MT 59462


McKenna Volkman




Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities:

The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the selection process or an employee’s ability to perform the essential functions of the job. If you have such a disability and would like to request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources office, 920 Technology Blvd. Suite A, MSU, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651.


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Veteran’s Preference:

Montana States University complies with the Montana Veteran’s Public Employment Preference Act, Section 39, Chapter 29 MCA, and provides preference in employment to eligible veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives as specified in the Act. Applicants seeking to claim this preference should contact MSU Human Resources at 994-3651. Please note, in order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.