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Research Specialist – Farm

About this Job:

Your Opportunity

The position will perform daily research duties to include: data collection, record keeping, feed system monitoring and care for research animals. Additional responsibilities may be assigned on an as-needed basis.

Core Responsibilities

  • Works daily on research farm(s) located in Garland, NC and Rose Hill, NC.
  • Works weekends required as scheduled.
  • Implements research studies according to protocol and reports any deviation, additional requirements or problems to the Director of Production Research in a timely manner.
  • Composes weekly data collection summaries and research trial status updates and reports those to the Director of Production Research.
  • Communicates with research staff, production staff, Director of Production Research, other Smithfield departments and vendors.
  • Performs and masters all methods of data collection, monitors automated data collection systems.
  • Trains, supervises, and delegates tasks to employees.
  • Data management of research trials.
  • Learns and demonstrates capability/knowledge to operate and maintain feed systems including daily monitoring along with performing routine maintenance.
  • Learns and demonstrates knowledge and ability to operate and maintain all research equipment including but not limited to: scales, specialized ventilation/data controllers, and water treatment systems.
  • Must demonstrate independent problem-solving skills.
  • Plans and schedules all research events. Prepares for upcoming trials and research processes.
  • Schedules feed, trucks, and orders routine supplies. Prepares payroll and monitors research expenses.
  • Responsible for being in compliance with all environmental laws and procedures to which Smithfield subscribes.
  • Follow the safety requirements of the Injury Prevention System (IPS).
  • Learn, understand, and implement all policies and procedures that relate to Bio-security.
  • Abide by all company policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Follow the Company’s animal welfare policies and procedures including: providing a physical environment that meets the animal’s needs, providing access to adequate water and high quality feed, providing humane treatment of the animals, providing identification and appropriate treatment of animals in need of health care and following the guidelines for euthanasia.
  • Responsible for being in compliance with all environmental laws and procedures.
  • Report all environmental issues immediately to their supervisor.
  • Read and understand the company’s emergency notification process and how it applies to their specific worksite.
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Lockout/Tagout, Affected/Awareness Level

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited 4-year college or university in an Agricultural field, or equivalent in practical work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
Advanced computer skills with experience using Microsoft Excel.
Livestock experience
Excellent written and verbal communication
Excellent problem-solving skills
Strong multi-tasking abilities
Ability to adapt to change, take initiative and solve problems independently
Willingness to learn new skills, including troubleshooting computer operated feeding systems
Excellent organization skills.
Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Responsibility for personnel within their department
Work Environment & Physical Demands

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be able to frequently climb over, under, and around penning.
Must be able to walk and stand on concrete for 9 to 12 hours per day, walking down narrow alleys and in and out of narrow penning.
Must be able to walk an average of 2 – 4 miles per day, occasionally up to 5 or 6.
Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs on a limited basis.
Must be able to occasionally work in situations two feet above the floor in a leaned-over or squatted position.
Must be supportive of the mission of raising swine for human consumption of high quality pork products.
Must be tolerable and willing to learn and perform the following tasks: euthanasia, castration, vaccinations, piglet processing, ear tagging for identification, taking blood samples and other procedures normal to animal husbandry.
Must be able to work with and around a wide range of antibiotics (i.e. penicillin).
Must be able to tolerate blood, animal dander, manure, dust, odors, and frequently noisy conditions

How to apply:

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