ANIMAL RESEARCH TECHNICIAN-SENIOR (100%) - Reannouncement
(FEED MILL OPERATOR)

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located on the eastern edge of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area in scenic west central Wisconsin. Year-round arts, cultural, and recreational activities and events are easily accessible from River Falls. The 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students at UWRF pursue degrees in four colleges: Education and Professional Studies; Arts and Sciences; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics.  UWRF provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, research, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunities for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued.  More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu.

Location:  This position is located on the Laboratory Farm in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Salary:  Starting salary is $14.038 per hour, plus excellent benefits.  A six-month probationary period is required. The pay schedule/range is 06-11, and the position is not represented by a bargaining unit. 
 
Job Duties:  This position reports to the Associate Farm Director and is responsible for all phases of the feed mill processing center for the Laboratory Farm’s livestock enterprises which includes dairy, swine, beef, equine, sheep and poultry.  The duties include grinding and mixing feed, ordering and maintaining feed inventories, operating and maintaining equipment, and knowledge of animal nutrition and husbandry.  In addition to the main duties, this person will perform duties in the care of the beef, swine, sheep, and poultry enterprises on a daily basis.  The individual will instruct and train undergraduate students and student employees in agricultural practices to perform a wide variety of farm animal husbandry duties, provide safety training for students, and follow animal care, animal welfare and IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) protocols. Assist with daily operations on the Laboratory Farm. Perform daily tasks during certain times of the year when students are not available, such as semester breaks.  The person hired will be working with, directing, and demonstrating proper feeding and livestock management to students and student employees with varied agricultural experience. 

This is a full-time annual appointment – 40hrs/week. A typical work schedule is 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.  However, this position requires flexibility in scheduling hours to adapt to changing work conditions related to students, laboratory classes and farm needs.  There is an expectation of some weekend/evening and holiday work as needed, particularly during student breaks.

Special Notice: For a copy of UW River Falls campus safety information and crime statistics/Annual Security Report see http://www.uwrf.edu/Police/CampusRecordsCrimes.cfm or call Public Safety at (715) 425-3133 for a paper copy.  A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.  Successful completion of a post-offer pre-employment screen prior to appointment and an authorization to drive a State vehicle are required. 

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Considerable knowledge of livestock nutrient and herd management experience is required.  Ability to safely and effectively operate farm equipment, mechanical knowledge, maintenance and repair of equipment and practice farm safety in areas such as livestock handling, electrical, and confined spaces.  Strong ability to effectively, positively, and constructively teach, mentor and supervise students.  Problem solving, analytic, organizational skills, attention to detail, and self-starting abilities are essential.  Strong interpersonal skills are required - which includes the ability to work in a positive and constructive manner with faculty and staff having various areas of expertise.  Candidates must be able to maintain accurate computerized records in the livestock enterprises of feed use/consumption.

How to Apply:  To apply for this position, you will be required to complete an exam.  Applying is a six-step process.  Step 1:  Log on to http://wisc.jobslink.  Create an account or enable your existing account if you have applied for State jobs in the past. Note:  If you receive a security prompt when logging in, please click “yes.”  Step 2:  Search for the job announcement by clicking “Job Search” and “More Search Options.”  Enter 1304327 as “Keyword” and click “Search.”  Click on the blue job announcement title.  Step 3:  Click on the “Apply Now” button at the top or bottom of the screen.  Review the information in the “My Job Application” making any necessary updates and click on “Submit Personal Information.”  Step 4:  Complete the information on the Employment Information and Preferences screen.  This must be completed to apply for this recruitment.  Once completed, click the “Update Employment Preferences.”  Step 5:  At the “Application Detail” screen, click on the “View Exam Option” button, and the “Take Exam” button on the next screen.  Step 6:  When you are finished with the exam, click the 'Save and Finalize' button, and at the exam summary window, click the 'Finalize' button.  If you return later to update your exam, you must 'Finalize' again or your exam may not be considered."

The deadline to apply on-line is Thursday, February 6, 2014.  If you have questions or problems accessing the exam, please contact Deb Schwab at (715) 425-3221, e-mail debra.schwab@uwrf.edumail.  Materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

UW-River Falls is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women, persons of color, and the people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.