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Animal Technician II

Apply now Department: 3670010050 Animal Sciences & Industry
Job no: 504670
Work type: Staff Part Time (USS)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Agriculture, Livestock

General Description of Position:

This position exists to milk, feed and provide care of the Dairy Teaching and Research Center dairy herd, which is used for teaching and research purposes. This is an AS NEEDED position. The incumbent would be called to fill in as an Emergency situation at any hour of the day or night. The Dairy Teaching and Research Center milks cows 23 out of 24 hours everyday all year.

Information about the Department:

The Department of Animal Sciences and Industry has a long and rich heritage. From the down-to-earth animal husbandry group that emerged from the Farming Department in 1901, to its current form as one of the largest Animal Science departments in the United States, K-State animal science has held fast to its commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and extension.

Moreover, we are fully engaged in embracing the challenges of the future in order to continue providing the objective information and training needed by the citizens of Kansas and elsewhere to thrive in the midst of change. The Animal Science program at Kansas State University ascribes to and seeks to model the core values articulated by the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension.

Those core values include:

  • Integrity (displaying the characteristics of honesty, trust, credibility, responsibility, stewardship and accountability)
  • Communication (exhibiting excellence in listening, speaking, writing, and working together)
  • Scholarship (striving for excellence in the discovery, integration, dissemination and application of knowledge)
  • Leadership (clearly displaying vision, teamwork, customer-focused service, and innovation)
  • Inclusion (showing respect and appreciation for all clientele, co-workers and others with whom we interact)

Kansas State University is located in the city of Manhattan, which has a population of about 56,000. Faculty in Animal Sciences and Industry are housed in two buildings on the K-State campus (Weber Hall and Call Hall). The buildings contain well-equipped laboratories, teaching facilities, a dairy processing plant and a meat processing facility.

Field research facilities for beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, poultry, horses, and sheep are located in close proximity to campus. The department manages about 6,500 acres of land for research purposes. In a typical year, departmental research and teaching facilities accommodate about 2000 to 3000 cattle, 3500 swine, 1500 laying hens, 250 sheep and 45 horses.

K-State 2025 Strategic Action and Alignment Plan for Animal Sciences and Industry Department

Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community.

Job Description:

This position is milking, feeding and caring for dairy cows on a daily basis. Duties included are: setting up milking equipment, puts cows into the milking stalls, attaches milking equipment to the animals and milks the cows. This position will also sanitize equipment before and after each milking session. Check the compressor, milk line and pump, and make sure bulk storage tank is operating before, during and after each milking.  Inspect feed bunks, seeping in feed and feeding hay when needed. Rake manure from free stalls and levels free stall surfaces each shift. Feeding replacement heifers, cleaning calf hutches, weighing calves, assisting with vaccinations, dehorning, castration, and clipping extra teets. Recognizing common health problems of the cows is essential, like mastitis. Then taking the correct treatment. Observing "heat" or estrus in also very important. Excellent communications skills with other faculty, graduate students, hourly students and staff.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Requires one year of relevant experience. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Basic milkers school. HS diploma or equivalent

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Apply through the KState career website.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately, or until a candidate is identified.

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$12.88-$19.33/hr

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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