Animal Tech IV – Ithaca Farms Assistant Team lead

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Job Detail

  • Job ID 41574
  • Experience 2+ years

Job Description

Culture of Inclusion and Community Standards

As a university founded to be a place where “…any person can find instruction in any study,” diversity and inclusion are at the core of our values and mission. We strive to be a welcoming, caring, healthy, and equitable community where students, faculty, and staff with different backgrounds, perspectives, abilities, and experiences can learn, innovate, and work in an environment of respect, and feel empowered to engage in any community conversation. As a member of the Cornell University community, it is important to recognize our shared responsibility to each other to cultivate a culture of inclusion for all.  Cornell Core values. As an individual contributor you will model and support a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and wellbeing and continually seek to understand how your role, behaviors, and actions impact the success of this culture.  While position responsibilities vary greatly, the Skills for Success and Leadership Skills for Success are foundational to what is expected of every employee and leader working at Cornell.  These skills are essential for individual and organizational success. Staff Skills for Success; Leadership Skills for Success

Department Background

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education, and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy, and environmental resources; and social, physical, and economic well-being. The Department of Animal Science’s mission is to discover and disseminate new knowledge about the biology and management of domestic animals and to apply this knowledge to benefit society.  Our department is devoted to undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, extension and outreach.

Rewards And Benefits

Competitive compensation, generous time-off, and great benefits …More on Cornell Benefits.

Position Summary

Assist with all aspects of management for all on-campus animal units of the Animal Science Department to support the Department’s graduate student research projects and undergraduate course requirements. Assist with activities associated with the Large Animal Teaching and Research Unit (LARTU), Respiration Chambers, Teaching Barn, Equine Metabolism, the Livestock Pavilion, as well as Poultry and Sheep Farms. Assist with the coordination of  activities held in these facilities, such as laboratory exercises for major undergraduate courses, research projects, public extension events, and campus-held events. Work with faculty, veterinarians, students, maintenance personnel, farm services, and others associated with conferences, sales, and shows held at the facility. Ensure compliance with all Federal, State, and University regulations pertaining to animal care such as the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE), Environment Health and Safety (EHS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), New York State Agriculture and Markets, etc. and experimental protocols. Responsible for monitoring the health and welfare of research and teaching animals, including swine, sheep, horses, goats, cattle, and poultry, as well as maintaining records. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the feeding and watering of animals; assist in the mixing of feed; assist with the animal breeding program and natural and artificial breeding, including birthing of animals. Participate in marketing animals. Prepare and maintain emergency procedures and SOPs. Participate in the hiring and training of new employees. Reports to the Ithaca Farm Manager. This position is full-time (39 hours/week) and will be in Ithaca, New York. This is three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance. The primary schedule for this position is Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm with the ability to work weekends is a key requirement of the role.

Required Qualifications

  • Associate’s Degree in Animal Science or related field and
  • 2+ years of relevant work experience with swine, dairy and beef cows, sheep, and horses, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of animal health issues.
  • Experience in teaching /lab setting.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to regularly lift over 50 pounds.
  • Able to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Proven time management skills.
  • Exhibit good organizational skills and the ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Requires weekend and holiday hours and occasional extended hours.
  • Knowledge of standard laboratory safety protocols and guidelines.
  • Willing to work in varying climatic conditions and be exposed to loud noises, dusty conditions, animal waste, and odors.
  • Must be flexible, service-minded and respectful.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide variety of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Must be able to work closely with regulatory groups such as Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).
  • Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted NY State driver’s license and must be cleared to drive for university business.
  • Functional computer/software skills, including knowledge and experience with Excel, Outlook scheduling, and online procurement systems.

Preferred Qualifications

  • AAS Degree in Animal Science, Veterinary Technician Degree, Animal Technician Certification.
  • Experience working  in  a  research  setting.

Application Procedure

Interested parties should submit a resume and cover letter describing qualifications online at When applying through our system, please remember to attach your resume and cover letter in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. In the experience section of your application, use the “Drop Files Here” box to manually drag document(s) into your application. For a more detailed description and instructions on how to apply online, please click here. Relocation assistance is not available for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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