Position Announcement: Small Ruminant Technician



University of Vermont Extension is seeking a summer worker as part of a multi-state research project focused on parasites that afflict small-ruminants.  This position will tentatively begin in June of 2012 through the end of August, will average 20 hours per week, and will pay $11/hr.  The successful applicant must have access to a dependable personal vehicle capable of carrying a small platform livestock scale, will be reimbursed for mileage at a rate of $0.55 per mile, and will travel approximately 4,500 miles during the course of the project.  The successful applicant will be responsible for making one to two visits to each of about 35 different small-ruminant farms during the course of the project.  During these farm visits, workers will be responsible for collecting body condition score ratings, FAMACHA scoring, and rectal fecal samples from certain animals on each farm.  Fecal samples and other data also be prepared for shipping, and sent to the appropriate laboratory for analysis.  Additionally, the worker will be responsible for weighing certain animals on each farm, collecting other data (as directed), and communicating with the farm owners about issues relevant to the project.  The successful applicant will thrive in self-directed environment, meet targets set by the grant requirements, have a strong work ethic, demonstrate personal integrity, and have excellent interpersonal skills.  Effective written and verbal communication skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Windows applications including Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are required.

The successful applicant must be able to comfortably lift 70 pounds multiple times during the course of each of two to three farm visits per day.  Other duties not specified in this job description will be assigned by the project supervisors.  Applicants should be comfortable working around livestock and in farm environments.  While a working understanding of small ruminant livestock will be helpful, the successful applicant will be trained to do the specific data collection necessary for this position.  Please send your resume and letter of interest to Daniel Hudson at daniel.hudson@uvm.edu or you can send a hard copy to:

Daniel Hudson                                                                                                                         University of Vermont Extension                                                                                                   397 Railroad Street, Suite 3                                                                                                                St. Johnsbury, VT  05819


If you have questions, please call Daniel at 802-751-8305 ext. 356 or 802-535-7922.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.


About Daniel Hudson

Daniel is an agronomist for University of Vermont Extension in the areas of agriculture and nutrient management.
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