Farm Production Technician – Frankfort, IN

Position Title: Farm Production Technician
Position Reports To: Research Farm Manager
Approx. # of People Supervised: 0
Job Grade: N2
Department: Research
Location: Frankfort, IN
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt (Hourly)

Summary/Purpose of Position:
The primary responsibility is to execute the daily tasks and standard operating procedures in the gilt development and gestation/breeding unit for production and research needs in a breed to wean sow facility. This person will also be responsible for maintaining and providing proper animal care and well-being at all times.

Primary Job Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Perform daily operations of swine production (feeding, heat checking, breeding, animal movement, piglet processing, power washing, administering medications and vaccinations, and adjusting feeders as needed).
  • Conduct necessary research measurements as needed for a trial. This includes weighing sows, pigs and feeders, collecting feed samples, record needed trial data, and daily observations of the pigs and environment.
  • Coordinate and perform general repairs and maintenance on facility and equipment
  • Assist other farm employees in completing needed tasks for the day.

Additional Job Responsibilities/Duties

  • Other duties and responsibilities, as assigned

Typical Work Environment

  • Majority of work is conducted in an indoor swine confinement environment which includes very dusty, noisy conditions with animals that have unpredictable movements

Minimum Job Qualification Requirements:

Education/Training:

  • Associates Degree in agriculture or animal science or equivalent professional experience

Relevant Job Experience:

  • 1-2 years professional experience in swine production

Specialized Job/Technical Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of swine reproduction principles and procedures
  • Knowledge of general maintenance techniques
  • Knowledge of general safety principles
  • Knowledge of research and data collection/reporting techniques

Non-Technical Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Ability to solve problems effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to identify and discern possible safety issues
  • Champion of United Animal Health cultural values

Licenses/Certification:

  • None

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. or more periodically
  • Good body flexibility (much bending and twisting)
  • Ability to withstand jostling by animals
  • Good mobility with ability to move fairly quickly

Safety Requirements:

  • Ear protection in high noise areas
  • Breathing mask in dusty areas
  • Follow all company safety procedures and safety regulations
  • Safety goggles where danger of flying objects is present

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • None

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