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Dairy Technician

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Dairy Farm
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

This operator position is responsible for the harvest of milk during the first session. The successful candidate's responsibilities will include the preparation of the milking equipment and bulk tank, milking of cows, and cleaning of equipment and milk parlor, and assures proper operation of milking and milk storage equipment. The successful candidate is also responsible for the detection of abnormal milk, or mastitis and records findings, as well as basic maintenance of parlor equipment and some record keeping, Additionally, the successful candidate will assist with early morning calving’s and provides colostrum to the new born, as well as maintenance of dry pack barn and assists in feeding of outside livestock, and other farm duties as required.

Required Qualifications

Experience of general dairy husbandry and milking procedures; Ability to operate farm equipment; Knowledge of milking and milk equipment; Ability to follow precise research and teaching protocols; Previous experience operating large farm equipment; Ability to perform heavy manual labor, handle mature dairy animals, and work in adverse conditions; Ability to communicate proper procedures to students.

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Commensurate with Experience

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Mr. Shane Brannock at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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