Farm Attendant, Lead

Position Type:
Agricultural Exemption

Purpose of Classification:

Leads and performs farm activities such as planting, weeding, harvesting and caring for livestock. Performs minor maintenance tasks including electrical, plumbing and carpentry work. Operates a variety of farm equipment.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of six classifications. This classification is distinguished from Farm Attendant, Senior by performing more complex duties and leading the work of others. Incumbents may live on the premises in a University-owned residence and are expected to be able to adapt to a flexible work schedule. Incumbents work outside in adverse weather conditions.

Example of Duties:

  • Leads students or other farm employees in caring for livestock, planting, harvesting and other farm activities.
  • Sets schedules for feeding and watering animals.
  • Observes animals to detect signs of illness or injury. Treats minor injuries and advises a veterinarian or supervisor of serious problems.
  • Coordinates or conducts the processing of animals including weighing, assigning and attaching ear tags, vaccinating, castrating and dehorning.
  • Leads the preparation of rations and feed supplements to animals according to experimental requirements.
  • Breeds animals. Selects sires for artificial insemination.
  • Assists and attends animals during and after birth of offspring.
  • Plants, weeds, cultivates and harvests experimental plots and field crops. Operates various types of farm equipment including tractors and harvesters.
  • Orders, mixes and measures pesticides and fertilizers and applies them to crops.
  • Performs maintenance of facilities such as water lines, corrals and buildings including minor electrical, plumbing or carpentry repairs.
  • Maintains records of such activities as crops planted and animals bred, sold or slaughtered.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of farming principles and operations.
  • Ability to provide work direction to others.
  • Skill in the operation of farm equipment and in the use of tools used in the repair and maintenance of facilities.
  • Ability to accurately maintain written records.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years of farm work experience, OR
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, training or education approved by Human Resources.
  • May require possession of a current Arizona Type D drivers license upon employment.
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