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Animal Technician II

Apply now Department: 3670010050 Animal Sciences & Industry
Job no: 510744
Employment type: Staff Full Time (USS)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Agriculture, Facilities / Grounds / Skilled Trades, Animal Sciences / Livestock
Pay Grade: 05A

About this Role:

This position exists to milk, feed and provide care of Dairy Teaching and Research Center dairy herd, which is used for teaching and research purposes.

Employee sets up the milking equipment, puts cows into milking stalls, dips teats before and after milking, attaches milking equipment and milks a minimum of 40 cows per hour until all cows are milked. Employee works either a morning, evening, or night shift milking 200-400 cows representing an investment of approximately $500,000 per shift.

Observation and recording of "heat" or estrus is an important part of the milker’s job. When cows are moved, they express more activity than at other times of the day.

Employee has contact with graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, other unit employees, and non-university visitors. Employee must communicate and work well with these groups. Other duties as assigned by supervisor include but are not limited to the collection of milk samples for research projects and training students. Responsibilities vary some among seasons of the year. Fewer cows are milked during the summer than during fall, winter, and spring.

Before each milking, employee must make a general survey of cows to check for any abnormalities in calving, milk fever, or any sick animal. Employee is responsible for calling the manager or veterinarian, if needed. If necessary, employee may give some treatment. Employee cares for newborn by sterilizing the navel, injecting vitamins, and other necessary medication.

Employee is responsible for recognizing common health problems of the cows as an essential part of the job. While milking, employee must be able to recognize mastitis and milk fever (with mastitis being the most common). When mastitis is detected, it is the employee’s responsibility to treat the condition under the direction of the manager, make records of the treatment, and discard the milk from the treated cows. These off-line cows are milked separately and treated again, if necessary.

Employee rakes manure from free stalls and levels free stall surface each shift. Employee is responsible for feeding replacement heifers, cleaning calf hutches, weighing calves, assisting with vaccination, dehorning, castration, and clipping extra teats. Employee assists with lot scraping and general cleanup of facilities, including hallway, break room, rest rooms and office. Employee moves cows from pens and tie-stall barn to milking parlor and back; releases and ties up cows in tie-stall bar; and assists in cleaning and feeding in tie-stall barn as needed.

Employee is responsible for sanitizing equipment before milking with a specified sanitizer. Employee must prepare the parlor before each milking including checking compressor, milk line and pump, and ensuring bulk milk storage tank is operating. Employee must identify off-line cows to prevent their milk from getting into the bulk tank. Value of one tank is approximately $8,000. Failure to perform will result in loss of milk and revenue.

About the Department:

The Department of Animal Sciences and Industry has a long and rich heritage. From the down-to-earth animal husbandry group that emerged from the Farming Department in 1901, to its current form as one of the largest Animal Science departments in the United States, K-State animal science has held fast to its commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and extension

Moreover, we are fully engaged in embracing the challenges of the future in order to continue providing the objective information and training needed by the citizens of Kansas and elsewhere to thrive in the midst of change. The Animal Science program at Kansas State University ascribes to and seeks to model the core values articulated by the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension. 

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off- vacation, sick and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:  Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community. 

What You'll Need to  Succeed: 

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • One year relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic milker's school or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a similar or understudy position.
  • Knowledge of milking procedures and techniques, sanitary milking practices and unpredictability of animals. 

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment. 

How to Apply:

Please Submit the following documents:

  1. KSU online application
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Resume

Physical Activities and Environmental Conditions:

Considerable physical exertion. Must be able to transport 75-110 pound bales of alfalfa hay, 50 pound sacks of grain, and 20 pound nozzles. 

Assists with birth (pulls) and carries 80-100 pound calves. 

Pushes and/or persuades 1600 pound cows to comply.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: 

$14.25 -$15.00 per hour

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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