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Dairy Technician

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Dairy Technician
Role Title: Agricultural Specialist III
Posting Number: SW0170440
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

This position is for a precision feed operator, as well as a milk parlor operator. Operator prepares multiple Totally Mixed Rations (TMR) and delivers to the dairy herd. Rations must be precisely prepared and delivered using a TMR vertical mix wagon. Operator is responsible for inventory control in the preparation of all rations. Feeding of the herd begins at 7:00 a.m. and concludes at 12:00 p.m.

Milk parlor operator duties are to assist in the harvest of milk during the second session of the day. Operator prepares the milking equipment and bulk tank, milks cows, and cleans equipment and milk parlor. Operator is responsible for the detection of abnormal milk, or mastitis and record findings. Operator is responsible for basic maintenance of parlor equipment and some record keeping. The second milk session begins at 12:30 p.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m.

Required Qualifications:

High school degree or GED; Knowledge of general dairy husbandry and milking procedures; Ability to operate farm equipment and knowledge of the harvest of milk and milk equipment; Ability to follow precise research and teaching protocols. Operate large farm equipment; Ability to perform heavy manual labor, handle mature dairy animals, and work in adverse conditions; Ability to communicate proper procedures to students.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in the preparation and delivery of a dairy TMR, as well as experience in the harvest of milk. Artificial insemination certification to assist in the breeding of the herd would be a plus.

Employment Conditions: Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

M-F 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Schedule may change occasionally to help fill other labor needs.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

Applicants must complete the online application at Posting #SW0170440.

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Regular
If restricted or temporary, enter end date:
FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Band: 3
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: Dairy Science
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24060
Work Schedule: M-F 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, or as needed.
Posting Date: 06/19/2017
Review Begin Date: 07/03/2017
Job Close Date: 07/03/2017
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
  3. Describe any experience working with large animals.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. Do you have experience operating farm equipment? If so, indicate the types of equipment operated.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. How did you first learn about this job opening?
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Required Documents

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Optional Documents
  1. List of References
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  3. Cover Letter