Animal Care Technician
Animal Care Technician – Suffolk County Farm, Yaphank
Responsible for the daily feeding of the farm livestock and
the cleaning of their living areas. May assist with animal sciences educational
program set up 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.
school diploma or equivalent, including currently enrolled in HS with relevant
to build working relationships to solve problems and achieve common goals
and work effectively and cooperatively with others.
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, carry 5 gallons (40#) water buckets, and feed animals
over uneven terrain, ice, and mud. Must be able to catch and
restrain large (1000#) 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 shearing. Move 200# market hogs onto
trailers. Move 500# hog sows in the farrowing house. Repair fences
and move calf hutches.
be capable of climbing into the squeeze chute and over fences.
have the ability to safely operate heavy equipment (some operable using
hand and foot pedals), i.e., tractors, skidsteer/bobcat, manure spreader,
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
to work a flexible schedule, inclement weather (snow, sleet, and ice
storms) weekends, holidays, and evening hours, as needed;
to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
years of experience working on a farm, including the operation of heavy
Management – 5%
the overall health and physical condition of all of the farm
animals. Report any abnormalities to the Farm Livestock Manager.
Coordination/Operation – 90%
Animal Care (75%)
for the daily feeding, care, and maintenance of the farm animals and
cleaning their living areas.
delegated by the Farm Livestock Manager, assume responsibility for herd
health maintenance tasks, to include, but not limited to, measuring weight
gain, administering medications and vaccinations, clean out horse, goat,
llama, and sheep hooves, assist with breeding and birthing, ear notching
delegated by the Farm Coordinator and Veterinarian, provide emergency
medical treatment for sick or injured animals.
to the manure management plan.
as liaison between the visiting public and the farm administration,
especially on weekends.
with the Farm Livestock Manager to ensure that the animals that are a part
of the high school or college large animal care programs are prepared to
participate in these educational programs.
with animal sciences educational program set up, as needed
Data Entry & Other Admin Duties (10%)
daily activities in the farm logs, appropriate charts, and forms.
for maintaining herd health management records and performing routine herd
health maintenance tasks as scheduled.
for maintaining the inventory of feed and veterinary supplies. Reports the
need to order feed or veterinary supplies to the supervisor.
incident reports when needed.
support and guidance for interns and volunteers who are interested in
working with large animals.
Facilities Support (5%)
other staff with farm chores as needed.
Professional Improvement – 5%
cooperation with Supervisor and Executive Director, jointly develop and
pursue a professional development plan to increase competencies relative
to position accountabilities and address changes and the Association's
in activities in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and
perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety – Applied to all duties and functions
the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
familiar with and strive to follow applicable federal, state, and local
regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement,
proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to
supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy – Applied to all duties and functions
and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff,
volunteers, and the public.
the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse
of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association
of Suffolk County policies, procedures, and Cornell Cooperative Extension
Skills for Success.
to the organization's overall success by performing all assigned duties in
a professional, timely, and accurate manner.
Equal Opportunity Employment
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator
recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with
Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and support
diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
Salary: $17.84 per
Hour: 20-32 hours a week depending on suitable
Benefits: Full Benefits
Available: February 24, 2024
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available
HOW TO APPLY:
Review of applications will begin immediately. The
position will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.
Applicants need to:
Attach/upload a resume to the online application in either
Microsoft Word or PDF format. Attach/upload a cover letter to the online
application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. Attach/upload contacts info
for three references to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF
In the "Experience" section of your application,
use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the "Drop Files
Here" box to manually drag document(s) into your application. Once the
application is submitted, you will not be able to change your submission or add
External Applicants: (including current employees of
other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations), please refer to the Applying for a
Job (External Candidate) document for additional guidance.
Internal Applicants: Current employees of the Cornell
Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are considered
internal applicants; please refer to the Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) document for
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable
applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform their
essential functions. If you require an accommodation to participate in the
selection process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension
of Suffolk County Human Resources at (631) 727-7850 or via email at HR-CCESuffolk@cornell.edu
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among
Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of
New York, and New York State residents. Per NYS Law, county and regional
extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This
employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell
Last updated February 6, 2024