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GTC Specialist

About this Job:

PURPOSE OF POSITION:  Work as a team member caring for and administering to A.I. boars to maintain a constant supply of boar semen to assure optimum supplies are available for sow farms.  This person will assist where needed with animal care, semen collection, laboratory work and light facility repair and maintenance.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Adhere to ISF animal wellbeing policy and bio-security policy at all times and report to management team any violations.
  • Adhere to ISF safety policies and procedures and wear appropriate safety equipment (PPE) for appropriate tasks and work in a safe manner.
  • Care and management of animals to ensure that:
  • Animals are properly fed.
  • Water is available.
  • Observation of all animals daily and ensuring sick animals are properly treated.
  • Overall animal conditions are evaluated and maintained.
  • Follow proper steps for timely euthanasia and be able to identify when it is needed.

Ÿ    Care and management of facilities to ensure that:

  • Fans, curtains, heaters and other equipment are working properly
  • Ventilation equipment is adjusted to provide proper environment
  • Facilities are kept clean, including power washing and disinfecting
  • Provide assigned farms with the freshest and highest quality of boar semen possible
  • Develop and maintain open lines of communication with the breeding department
  • Coordinate semen shipments to other farms
  • Maintain adequate semen quantities to meet demand
  • Complete A.I. lab processes, including:
  • Handle, extend and package semen according to protocols
  • Clean and organize lab to maintain proper work environment
  • Daily care and management of A.I. boars including:
  • Maintain boars in proper health and breeding condition
  • Collect boars on a schedule, not allowing more than 10 days between collections
  • Train new boars to collect off of a dummy sow
  • Keep boars clean, trimming sheath hairs to assure sanitary collections
  • Maintain accurate records using ISF forms and protocols

Ÿ    Procure, administer and dispense medications and vaccinations according to ISF protocols

  • Demeanor should be positive and professional at all times.
  • Daily focus should be on welfare of animals, not personal issues.
  • Attendance is critical. Be at work on scheduled days and be ready to walk into barns by start time given.
  • Be friendly, positive, helpful, team-oriented and respectful to co-workers and management team.
  • Flexibility in hours during health and staffing challenges is required.
Requirement:

Education/ Experience: None required

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

This person must be able to work with limited or no supervision, thus they must be able to follow directions and complete tasks effectively. The employee must have initiative, organizational skills, be detail oriented and dependable. Physical requirements include the ability to lift up to 40 pounds and climb over gates up to 48 inches in height. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk and stand, use hands to grip, finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, controls, or animals. Additionally, hands must be routinely used to firmly grip and maintain constant pressure for periods exceeding fifteen minutes during the collection process. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and talk or hear.

This position will require the technician to at times work with other employees, so teamwork and effective communication skills are very important. This person must be computer literate with competencies in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, Access and Internet Explorer. Direct contact occurs almost constantly with farm animals, so good stockmanship and bio-security practices must be understood and practiced at all times. The employee must be able to, with or without reasonable accommodations, work in all facilities within the scope of the employee’s responsibility.

Salary:
Experience:
None required
How to apply:

Click on the BLUE “Apply for this Job” button to email your resume. Please state Iowa Select Farms and the job title as the subject of your email application.

Or visit www.iowaselect.com/employment to apply.