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The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

CUPE 1975- Animal Technician


Department: Animal & Poultry Science

FTE: 1.0

Status: Term, paternity leave, up to 8 months. 

Requisition: req430

Open Date: 5/24/2017

Closing Date:

Salary Information: The salary range is CAD $3,517.28 - 4,748.99 per month (Facility Services
/Phase 4). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Description: There is 1 opening(s) for this posting. Located in Saskatoon.

Primary Purpose: To provide animal care in the Dairy Unit and perform a wide range of activities associated with efficient functioning of the unit, animal well-being, teaching and research.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Dairy Unit Manager or Unit Faculty Supervisor, this position performs dairy cow milking, feeding and caring for livestock and assisting with unit research and student training.  Work is performed independently with minimal supervision. It involves lifting and moving of heavy feed and other supplies. Working in a facility with large animals, the incumbent is exposed to animal dander, waste and unpredictability. Shift work is involved providing coverage during the day, evenings, weekends and statutory holidays.

Typical Duties: Milk, feed, handle and care for livestock under research and teaching conditions in accordance with the Canadian Council on Animal Care; data collection and record keeping; operate and maintain automated feeding and cleaning equipment; operate farm equipment such as tractors, bobcat loader, manure spreaders and trucks; demonstrate proper animal handling and milking techniques to students; monitor animals for health and reproductive status; complete artificial insemination and perform various other duties as assigned.



Qualifications:
Education: Post-high school training such as a Diploma in Agriculture.  An equivalent combination of education and experience would be considered. Must hold and maintain a valid Saskatchewan driver’s license and an acceptable driving record.

Experience: Recent experience in a dairy milking parlour with several years of milking and animal handling experience. Experience in heat detection and artificial insemination would be an asset.

Skills: Demonstrated understanding of humane animal care and handling principles; record keeping skills; ability to operate farm equipment; ability to interact and communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, researchers and students; and possess the ability to perform heavy physical labour

This position is in scope of CUPE 1975.


The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.