Farm Attendant, Lead
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.
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.
- 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.