18 Dec

Teaching Technician And Farm Assistant Jobs Vacancy in Massey University Palmerston North

Teaching Technician And Farm Assistant
Massey University
Palmerston North MWT
18 Dec, 2017 30+ days ago

Massey University Palmerston North urgently required following position for Teaching Technician And Farm Assistant. Please read this job advertisement carefully before apply. There are some qualifications, experience and skills requirement that the employers require. Does your career history fit these requirements? Ensure you understand the role you are applying for and that it is suited to your skills and qualifications.

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Teaching Technician And Farm Assistant Jobs Vacancy in Massey University Palmerston North Jobs Details:

The Large Animal Teaching Unit (LATU), housed within the University’s School of Veterinary Science and is an extensively used facility for practical large animal teaching to both Veterinary and Veterinary Technology students. The buildings occupy approximately 2,000 m2 of covered space and sits on 58ha of farmland devoted to the teaching animal herds. The LATU facilities include modern roofed yards for handling large animals, stalls and an arena for examining horses and cattle, plus sheep handling facilities. We maintain a dry dairy herd, a tame mixed‐age cow herd, 30 horses and several hundred sheep.

You will report to the LATU Manager and assist in all aspects of the smooth running of the facility. Experience in animal handling particularly with horses and cattle are essential. Sound computer skills are also necessary as you will have primary responsibility for the development and on-going maintenance of our electronic stock records. You must be enthusiastic, be flexible with your work hours, be prepared to work weekends on a rotational basis and have plenty of initiative. You must be a good communicator and work well in a team environment.

This position may suit either a Veterinary Technician or individual with a strong farming background. Enquiries are to be directed to the LATU Manager, Mr Mike Reilly (M.J. Reilly@massey.ac.nz).

Job description Purpose statement To provide technical assistance to the teaching and service efforts of the Large Animal Teaching Unit (LATU)

Responsible to LATU Manager via Head of School

Key accountabilities • Support academic staff with teaching requirements for practical classes both at LATU and the Large animal Hospital.
• Assist in managing the LATU herds’ healthcare, including general husbandry.
• Assist in the daily management of livestock including nutritional management.
• Assist in on-farm field work involving animal handling, sampling and measuring.
• Assist in general farm maintenance.
• Collect and prepare materials (including specimens and data records) for lectures, seminars and tutorials for undergraduate and postgraduate students or professional continuing education meetings as required.
• Further develop and maintain LATU’s electronic animal use/ movement recording system.
• Maintain a record of agri-chemicals held at LATU and ensure they are stored appropriately.
• Maintain and clean equipment used in the conduct of teaching, research and clinical services.
• Clean and tidy yards and the laboratory at the conclusion of teaching exercises.
• Act to minimise threats to health and safety of staff and students.
• Ensure that all activities that involve the use of animals or of their tissues are conducted according to the law and conform to the requirements of the Massey University Code of Ethical Conduct for the use of Live Animals for Teaching and Research.
• Promote Veterinary School and /or University academic and professional interests by serving government, community, professional, educational or other organisations in external capacities that utilise technical knowledge, skills and other expertise, as approved from time to time by the Head of School.
• Other reasonable duties as specified by the LATU Manager or Head of School.

Person specification Qualifications A relevant certificate, diploma or degree is desirable.
A current and clean driver’s licence is essential.

Experience A strong farming background or similar animal handling experience would be desirable.

Personal attributes and behaviours Essential to have experience in animal handling particularly with horses and cattle.
Must possess sound computer skills.
Must be physically fit such that work can be succesfully undertaken with livestock and routine farm work and maintenance can be safely managed.
Must be a team player.
Must be able to work under pressure.
Good organisational skills.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Must be well-presented and maintain a professional attitude towards staff and students.

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