Animal Technician!

University of Saskatchewan (includes colleges)

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Research assistant / technician

Department: Livestock & Forage Centre of Excellence
Location: Clavet
Status: Term, maternity leave replacement of up to 12 months, with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent
Employment Group: CUPE 1975
Shift: Monday- Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm, however working weekends, unsocial hours, and overtime during peak periods is required.
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $22.23 - 30.01 per hour. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Salary Family (if applicable): Facility Services
Salary Phase: Phase 4
Posted Date: 2/12/2020
Closing Date:
Number of Openings: 1


Primary Purpose: The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) is a unique complex of both science and field laboratories that model all aspects of raising livestock on the Canadian Prairies. The LFCE encompasses everything from forage development, grazing management and environmental sustainability to the science of reproduction and nutrition, cow-calf, bison, cervid, and equine management and feedlot cattle health, growth and productivity. 

The LFCE is a leader in developing research, teaching and technology transfer programs that provide the livestock and forage industries of Saskatchewan and Canada with new tools and techniques for healthy, sustainable and competitive growth. The LFCE includes livestock facilities (Beef Cattle Research & Teaching Unit, Forage & Cow-Calf Research & Teaching Unit, and Goodale Research Farm), and a large base of forage production and grazing land all near Saskatoon, SK. The Centre’s research focuses on the following key areas: cow-calf production; intensive livestock production; forage, pasture and grazing management; and, bison, cervid, and equine management, nutrition, and reproduction.

The LFCE provides researchers, faculty, students, producers and the agriculture industry with an innovative, broad-based platform for research, teaching and extension activities.

The purpose of the position is to perform a wide range of activities associated with the efficient functioning of the University of Saskatchewan Livestock & Forage Centre of Excellence.

Nature of Work: The Livestock & Forage Centre of Excellence consists of a 1500 head feedlot, 24 stall metabolism barn, 400 head cow-calf operation, alternative livestock operation including bison, and several thousand acres of annual crop, forage production, and pasture land. Reporting to the Head of Operations, this position performs duties related to feeding, handling, and caring for livestock, forage processing, feed and manure handling, facility maintenance, and equipment maintenance and repair in all facilities within the Livestock & Forage Centre of Excellence. This position performs duties related to forage, bedding, and annual crop production. Assisting with research and student training is required. While employee’s duties may be focused toward the work associated with one facility, animal technicians are counted on to perform all duties within any and all facilities associated with the Livestock & Forage Centre of Excellence. Work is performed independently with minimal supervision. Decisions regarding extensive projects, significant issues and involving large expenditures are made in consultation with the Head of Operations. Decisions around prioritization, problem–solving, and scheduling of day-to-day tasks are typically made in consultation with the Head of Operations but may be made independently in his/her absence. Working weekends, unsocial hours, and overtime during peak periods is required.

Typical Duties or Accountabilities:

  • Feed, handle and care for many types of livestock (Cows, calves, yearlings, bulls, feedlot cattle, bison, deer, and horses) under research and teaching conditions in accordance with the Canadian Council of Animal Care;
  • Provide care, oversight, and assistance as required to cows during calving and care for new born calves;
  • Provide oversight of animal care and facility conditions in the metabolism barn in accordance with the Canadian Council of Animal Care;
  • Provide routine health care (e.g. monitor herd health, treatment, vaccination);
  • Adhere to research protocols, accurately collect and record data, and participate in the collection of all types of data and samples;
  • Operate tractors, wheel loaders, feed mixing wagons, skid steers, track hoe, and all other types of agricultural equipment;
  • Construct permanent and temporary fencing;
  • Roll barley and process forages and bedding as necessary;
  • Perform maintenance and repairs to ensure facilities and equipment are kept in good working order;
  • Perform all aspects of forage and annual crop production;
  • Assist students and researchers working with animals in the in the facilities and the metabolism barn with animal care, handling feed, equipment, and manure as required;
  • Receive and unload barley and other feed ingredients;
  • Purchase equipment, supplies, and services as required;
  • Provide leadership, supervision, and direction to student assistants ;
  • Demonstrate proper animal handling techniques to students in all facilities;
  • Fabricate and build required equipment as necessary;
  • Adhere to Occupational Health and Safety regulations;
  • Facilitate and participate in under-graduate and graduate student teaching and extension events as required;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education: Relevant post-secondary education or a combination of training and experience

Licenses: Must hold and maintain a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record. A class 5G driver’s license is an asset. Candidate must be willing to obtain a class 5G license if they do not already possess one. A class 1A driver’s license is an asset.

Experience: Experience in the care and handling of beef cattle including pregnant and calving cows, newborn calves, bulls, yearlings, feeder, and slaughter cattle is required. Experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of various types of agricultural and construction equipment is required. Carpentry and welding experience is preferred; experience in collecting and recording research and production data is an asset; experience in the care and handling of bison is an asset.

Skills: Demonstrated competency in the care and husbandry of livestock and an understanding of humane animal care, health and handling principles; accurate record keeping skills; demonstrated proficiency in the operation, maintenance and repair of all types of agricultural equipment; reasonable welding and carpentry skills; ability to effectively interact, communicate, and get along with others; ability to effectively train students; self-motivated with the ability to work independently; possess a positive and collaborative attitude; willingness to take additional training and learn new skills; effective computer skills and ability to perform heavy physical labor.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Teresa Binetruy at 306-966-4138.  

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Research assistant / technician


Saskatoon , Canada