ARDEC Feedyard/Livestock Assistant (RAI)

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title ARDEC Feedyard/Livestock Assistant (RAI)
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 202000128AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range Starts at $40,000 plus comprehensive benefits package.
Desired Start Date 03/15/2020
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 02/26/2020
Description of Work Unit

Agricultural Research Development and Education Center (ARDEC) is a comprehensive research, education, and outreach facility utilized by approximately 50+ faculty in the Departments of Animal Sciences, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Soil and Crop Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biology, and USDA/ARS scientists. Animal Science operations and facilities include a feed intake unit, seedstock cowherd, sheep unit, feedlot, commodity storage, grazing lands, forage production, livestock handling facility, metabolic research facility, and supporting infrastructure. The livestock activities are managed by the Livestock Unit Manager. Plant Science operations and facilities include a general processing facility, shop(s), grain storage, pesticide and fertilizer storage, equipment storage and is comprised of 955+/- acres in two locations within 5 miles of each other. Farms are mostly irrigated cropland used by programs in crops, soils and pest management. The plant science activities are managed by the Plant Science Manager. ARDEC hosts many tours, events, educational courses and outreach opportunities at the ARDEC Headquarters office, Conference Center and the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education.

Position Summary

This is an entry-level position. Primary responsibilities are to assist with daily operations in the Livestock Unit feedyard. These responsibilities include but are not limited to: feed bunk management, ration mixing and delivery, assist with daily health evaluations and treatment of livestock, stocking commodities and assist with insuring commodities are available, maintaining and servicing all equipment used by the feedyard, maintain the function of facilities and assist with the overall feedyard appearance. This position will work with existing ARDEC staff to help train and mentor undergraduate employees working in the feedyard and will be expected to follow protocols developed by ARDEC involving animal and facility care. The position will help to maintain commodity inventory and feedyard management software to track commodity use. Individual must be willing to work in inclement weather, some weekends and participate in activities outside of regular work hours as required for animal care. The position will actively advance the University’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism through research, teaching, and engagement with relevant programs, goals, and activities. Other duties may be assigned. Livestock Unit and Plant Science Unit activities at ARDEC are integrated, requiring collaboration and cooperation of facility use, land management, and feed production. This position is also expected to support and promote the Principles of Community ( of Colorado State University.

Required Job Qualifications
  • B.A./B.S. in Animal Sciences or related field OR
  • Associate’s degree in Animal Sciences or related discipline plus two (2) years relevant, specialized training/experience in a beef cattle and/or feedlot setting OR
  • High School Diploma or GED plus four (4) years of relevant, specialized training/experience. Experience must include a minimum of two (2) years in a beef cattle and/or feedlot setting.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience with livestock facilities including feed management, livestock health management and Beef Quality Assurance protocols.
  • Demonstrated ability operating heavy equipment, feed trucks and transporting livestock.
  • Experience welding, general mechanic work on feedyard equipment and general facility maintenance.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with MS Office Suite (especially Outlook, Word, and Excel) and record-keeping and data management software.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to convey technical information.
  • Demonstrated organizational abilities and attention to detail such as the ability to maintain high-quality accurate records and other data management.
  • Demonstrated self-starter and ability to multi-task and prioritize a number of different activities.
  • Ability to interact professionally with faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders.
  • Interest and ability to effectively work, collaborate, and communicate in a team environment.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license before the desired start date.
  • The applicant must be able to meet the physical demands of this position, which includes frequent heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs) and will require manual dexterity, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching. Environmental conditions include exposure to weather and noise. Hazards include working in proximity to moving, mechanical parts, large animals, and exposure to chemicals used in weed/pest control and fertilization.
  • Flexibility to accommodate Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) and to meet seasonal demands as well as varied work hours extending in night and/or weekend.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Experience in any of the following areas: artificial insemination, pregnancy detection, ultrasound (pregnancy and carcass), seedstock production/management/marketing, and/or marketing of livestock related commodities.
  • Knowledge of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols for general animal care as well as experience enforcing IACUC accepted standards for ongoing research protocols.
  • Commercial Driver’s License (Class A)
Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Hands-on field operations

Work in daily activities in the livestock unit. Including but not limited to processing cattle, health treatments, vaccinations, cleaning facilities, calving & breeding assistance, and equipment maintenance. These tasks require skilled labor operating heavy equipment, knowledge of livestock handling practices, feed mixing and delivery and hauling/trucking.

Percentage Of Time 90
Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Customer Relations

Communicate with other staff, researchers and other unit users on a routine basis regarding a variety of issues, i.e. commodity and pen space needs, overall project performance, overall best practices.

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a current resume, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. If you have questions, please contact David Schafer at or at (970) 491-2815.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License
Search Contact David Schafer,, (970)491-2815
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, 201 Administration Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-8004, (970) 491-5312.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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