The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University is seeking applications for two Farm Worker positions. The primary purpose of the Farm Worker is to provide labor and knowledge to ensure the highest quality animal care, and maintain the integrity of research, demonstration, and teaching activities conducted by faculty at the WVU Experiment Station farms.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Use humane animal handling techniques to move and/or control beef and dairy cattle, goats, horses, poultry, sheep, swine, etc.
Conduct daily monitoring of livestock well-being.
Recognize and report medical conditions, such as pregnancy, pink eye, respiratory illness and other common animal health issues.
Properly mix livestock feeds.
Provide health care for farm animals as directed.
Maintain written records of farm work, such as milk production, egg production, livestock growth, etc.
Operate various livestock equipment, including mixers, brooder stoves, incubators, and others.
Perform farm maintenance activities, including cleaning pens and troughs, changing straw, and more.
Provide daily management and care for production/maintenance of food and fiber and horticultural crops in support of teaching/research programs.
Carry out organic pasture management and forage production practices.
Oversee heavy equipment operation maintenance.
Work Hours: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.; some weekend and holiday work may be required
Pay Grade: 11
Positions Available: 2
High school diploma or GED; an equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered
At least one (1) year of basic farm work/background
Valid driver's license required to drive tractors and trucks (Class D)
If applying pesticides, will be required to have or obtain a pesticide applicators license
CITI animal handler training
Physical requirements include the ability to:
Stoop, bend and/or kneel when working with animals
Lift and carry feed bags and equipment
Hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity required to operate machinery and equipment
Move with speed when handling and restraining animals
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