Animal Care Technician

Classification Title: Farm Worker II

Job Title: Animal Care Technician

Location: Suffolk County Farm & Education Center, Yaphank, NY

Benefits: Full Benefits package

Number of Hours: 20 hours per week

Position Summary:

Responsible for the daily feeding of the farm livestock, and the cleaning and maintenance of their living areas with the use of heavy equipment and hand held power tools. Adhere to farm manure and pasture management plan (scraping of beef lot, spreading of manure on fields, maintenance of pastures and grasslands). May occasionally assist in the delivery of animal sciences educational programs for youth and adults, as requested. Acts as liaison between the visiting public and the farm administration, especially on weekends. Adheres to farm safety plan.

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent education.
  • Ability to build working relationships to solve problems and achieve common goals and work effectively and cooperatively with others.
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the position, including, but not limited to, lifting fifty (50) pound bags of feed and bales of hay.Push full wheel barrels, and carry 5 gallon (40 lb.) water buckets and feed to animals over uneven terrain, ice, mud.Must be able to catch and restrain large (1000 lb.) animals and have the stamina to hold up horse legs while performing hoof care, restrain goats and sheep for hoof care, deworming and clipping and/or shearing.Move 200 lb. market hogs onto trailers.Move 500 lb. hog sows in farrowing house. Repair fences and move calf hutches.
  • Must be capable of climbing into the squeeze chute and over fences.
  • Must have the ability to safely operate hand-held power tools and heavy equipment (some operable using hand and foot pedals) i.e. tractors, skidsteer/bobcat, manure spreader etc.
  • Ability to complete tasks outdoors in all types of weather (snow, sleet, ice, rain, heat)i.e.: raking, shoveling, carrying feed and water buckets to animals, climbing, lifting, etc. over slippery, muddy, icy terrain
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, inclement weather, (snow, sleet, and ice storms) weekends, holidays and evening hours, as needed;
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Meet acceptable background check standard, if required.

Preferred Qualifications:

2 years of experience working on a farm, including the operation of heavy equipment.Working knowledge of cattle and chute system.

All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and indicate three individuals who may be contacted as a reference. Please be sure to include all information that you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know before you click SUBMIT. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments.

All applications must be received on-line. Position will remain open until sufficient candidate pool is obtained. Full position description available @ links below.

How to Apply:

Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association interested in this job posting are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here:

External candidate, go to:

  • Reference position:WDR-00010746 Animal Care Technician - Yaphank, NY

Full instructions on how External Applicants may apply through Workday may be found here:

The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-2117, or via email at:

For additional questions, please contact


Donna Giancontieri
Sr. Administrative Assistant to Executive Director & Office Manager
631-727-7850 x 343

Last updated July 14, 2017