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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Employment Program - Job Description

Job Title

Dairy Farm Assistant



Job Description

Perform tasks as assigned by supervisor such as: Prepare milking equipment and bulk tank for milking; Move cows between housing and milking facilities for milking and help other employees bring in cows if needed or requested; Handle and milk all cows in an orderly, proper, and consistent manner; Cows should not be frightened or excited either before or during milking; Milk cows using approved procedures, including pre- and post- milking, to obtain optimum yield, product quality, and cow health; Clean and sanitize milking and milk storage equipment in compliance with state and federal regulations; Clean lots and freestalls daily; Give supervisor sufficient notice to arrange for a substitute milker if unable to work scheduled hours; Must drive a University vehicle or equipment; Availability to work during semester breaks and holidays as needed;Timeliness for submitting Web Time Sheet required.


  • Follow oral instructions
  • Communicate problems and information to dairy herdsperson to positively effect productivity


  • Basic Microsoft Windows

Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Operate computerized dairy equipment
  • Resolve problems with feed, water, machinery, equipment, fences

Self-Directed Learning:

  • Have ability to recognize, initiate and complete tasks significant to efficient dairy production

Competence in a Discipline:

  • Apply livestock production fundamentals including the ability to recognize injuries, problems and/or disease

Personal/Social Development:

  • Attention to detail is critical as is the ability to proactively address repairs and maintenance

Team Work/Team Leading:

  • Demonstrate ability to work positively with others


  • Have ability to work positively with diverse on campus populations


Agriculture major; Minimum 2.0 GPA; Experience operating a tractor and loader and other farm equipment; Must have a current, valid driver's license and a safe driving record; Must meet all University requirements to drive a University vehicle or equipment; Ability to perform manual tasks involving heavy lifting and mobility; Available to work hours 5:00-8:00 AM and 4:00-7:00 PM.

Wage Rate


Hours Available

20 Hours

Start Date

April 28, 2014

Application Deadline

Until filled; Please complete the attached application. Apply online or leave applications in the Agriculture office- Valk 101.


Jim Husz




Contact the Supervisor to apply for this position. Apply for positions for which you meet the qualifications.