- High School Diploma or GED
- Communication Skills
- Animal Care
- Data Collection
- Driver's License
High school graduate with three (3) years of full-time experience in the care of cattle,or a combination of related college coursework and experience in the care of cattle totaling three (3) years.·
A valid Minnesota Drivers License. .
Must be able to lift up to 1201bs; 701bs continuously;70-1001bs frequently; 100-1201bs occasionally.
General farm labor experience.
Experience in operating farm tractors and equipment.
Trained to perform artificial insemination, castration, administer intravenous therapeutic medication, and pull blood samples for animals.
Excellent teamwork and communication skills
This position will have the primary responsibility for performing a variety of labor tasks related to the cattle and forage production at NCROC. The position is a 100 percent, 12 month continuing appointment.
Position Overview / Responsibilities:
Animal Health Care (30%)
Observe and care for animals during pregnancy and at calving. Ear-tag calves for identifications purposes. Keep breeding and birth records. Inspect daily health and condition of farm animals. Assist veterinarian in treatment in injuries of ailments and provide treatment as prescribed by veterinarian or supervisor. Perform artificial insemination, castration, vaccinations, administer intravenous therapeutic medication,and pull blood samples for animals as required.
Feed and Feeding (30%)
Responsible for preparing feed for cattle (including bagging,mixing,and grinding), feeding research diets to exact specifications, daily feed delivery by hand,tractor, or feed mixer/feed wagon. In addition, responsible for daily maintenance of clean water for cattle (including watering system maintenance and cleaning). Assist in winter feed acquisition,placement,and storage.
Animal Facility Use (15%)
Clean and maintain sanitation of barns, pens, stalls, brooders, water tanks and other animal facilities. Oil,clean, and make minor repairs on equipment and tools.
Animal Handling (20%) .
Move cattle frequently in rotational grazing system and through animal handling facilities using proper low stress animal handling methods.
Data Collection (5%)
Assist scientists with collection of experiment data associated with cattle studies
May act as a lead worker for up to two full time assignments or their equivalent in full-time,part time, and temporary employees. Plans and assigns assistants' work, instructs them in proper work methods and care of animals, and reviews their work by daily inspection of animal areas and by following up to see that chores are done. Communicate with other animal attendants and supervisors the daily plans and procedures.
The position is located at the North Central Research and Outreach Center (NCROC) in Grand Rapids, MN. NCROC is committed to conducting broad-based research and education programs relevant to the diverse cultural and environmental landscape of north central Minnesota.
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