Animal Care Technician - Temp

Association Temporary Program

Animal Care Technician, Suffolk County Farm, Yaphank, NY

Position Summary:

Responsible for the daily feeding of the farm livestock and the cleaning of their living areas (scraping of the beef lot and manure management). 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.

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent, including currently enrolled in HS with relevant experience.
  • 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, 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.
  • Must be capable of climbing into the squeeze chute and over fences.
  • Must have the ability to safely operate 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience working on a farm, including heavy equipment operation.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO,

Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.


Salary: $15.12 per hour

Hour:Temporary-Casual: 0-20 hours per week


Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

Applicants need to:

  • 1.Attach/upload a resume to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  • 2.Attach/upload a cover letter to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  • 3.Attach/upload contacts info for three references to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

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No relocation or VISA Sponsorship is available.

The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform their job's essential functions.If you require an accommodation to participate in the selection process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at 631-727-7850 Ext 242 or email at

Cornell Cooperative Extension collaborates with 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 University


Valerie J. Smith
Human Resource Director
631-727-7850 x 326

Last updated March 3, 2022