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Animal Technician II

Apply now Department: 3670010050 Animal Sciences & Industry
Job no: 517188
Employment type: Staff Full Time (USS)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Agriculture, Facilities / Grounds / Skilled Trades, Animal Sciences / Livestock
Pay Grade: 06A

About This Role:

This position exists to operate and maintain the feed mill facility and feed the milk herd at the Dairy Teaching and Research Center.

Some of the duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • 65% Grinds hay and mixes all feed ingredients for total mixed rations, records amounts fed, and obtains weigh back data when required by experimental protocol. Delivers total mixed rations to feed weaned replacement heifers, dry and lactating cows.
  • 10% Manages storage and receipt of delivered bedding (sawdust and straw) and feed (hay, straw, silage) and other commodities.
  • 10% Services and maintains, oil, fluid, and filter changes of feeding equipment (skid loaders, tractors, trucks, etc.).
  • 10% Directs daily scraping of pens to remove animal waste. Assists in weekly sand bedding of free stalls and cleaning maternity pen.
  • 5% Works cooperatively and safely with others to assist with any calving problems or animal health issues as directed. One weekend per month may be required in rotation with other middle managers to oversee daily operations.  Other duties as assigned.

Why Join Us:

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.


We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

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

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • One year of relevant experience with livestock and large equipment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years relevant experience
  • Knowledge of basic feed-stuffs, ration formulation, feed mixing techniques, feeding practices
  • Experience with maintenance of feed mill equipment 
  • Be able to work independently
  • Basic computer knowledge (email, Excel, Word)

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Must be able to transport up to 75 lbs

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Application
  2. Resume
  3. List of three references 

Screening of Applications Begins:


Immediately and continues until position is filled.


Salary Range/ Pay Rate:


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.

Background Screening Statement:

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

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