Animal Technician

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: Oct 13, 2023; 05 $27,561 - $36,675 (pro-rated) per year

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA). 

This position has a term length of 1 year plus a day and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed on our Benefits Overview page .

Location - South Campus Edmonton. This role is in-person. 

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department/Faculty 

The Dairy Research and Technology Centre is located on South Campus and is home to up to 143 milking cows. We strive to make an environment that is safe and ready for research activities. 


The Animal Technician position is part of a team that strives for perfection when it comes to the care and health of our herd. The successful applicant will be working on weekends to aid casual staff in all required duties to create a successful environment for animals and team members alike.


An Animal Technician will be responsible for: 

  • Aiding in the operation of a production herd of Holstein cattle. 
  • Operating light and heavy-duty equipment. 
  • Administering treatments to cattle following Standard Operating Procedures. 
  • Mixing and distributing feed to the herd. 
  • Maintaining a very high level of observation and record keeping  
  • Aiding researchers to complete projects. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum GED or High School Diploma
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience on a dairy farm 
  • Must be able to operate light and heavy duty equipment 
  • Must be able to work days and nights as the barn is staffed from 2:00AM-6:00PM Monday-Sunday 
  • Must be able to work on weekends (possible shifts are Friday-Sunday or Saturday-Monday) 
  • Must be a team player 
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Must be familiar with computers and basic programs such as Excel and Microsoft word 
  • Must be able to fix small issues on light and heavy duty equipment

Preferred Qualifications  

  • Ability to create a team environment 
  • Listening skills 
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback and apply it to the job 

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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