Departmental Assistant

  • Amherst, MA


: $87,795.00 - $194,340.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

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About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Assists in the daily operations of the UMass Hadley Farm Equine and Livestock Research and Education Center, including participation in the care and feeding of horses, livestock, and maintenance of the facility. Trains and oversee student employees. Maintains health and census records. Serves as support for the equine and livestock education, research, and outreach programs.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

* Actively participates in the daily care of horses and livestock including: watering, feeding, cleaning stalls, turnout, medical care/treatments and operating farm machinery.
* Day-to-day handling of teaching, research, and boarding animals, including stallions and foals, to ensure the safety of students and animals
* Conduct daily health and well-being checks on university horses and livestock
* Maintains professional standards for cleanliness, organization, and safety of farm facilities. Completes daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance of facilities. Assists with facility improvements as needed.
* Assists with equine and livestock medical and health maintenance programs, including routine and emergency situations.
* Directly trains and supervises student employees. Works alongside, coordinates, and provides instruction/feedback to student employees in the tasks necessary to handle and care for animals.
* Troubleshoots and maintains fences. Set up and take down portable electric fencing.
* Participates in pasture management utilizing best management practices
* Operates motor vehicles to conduct farm maintenance and travel to work sited including: tractor with front end loader, mowers, trucks, trailers, etc,

Other Functions

* Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.
* Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean's strategic priorities.
* Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

* Two years experience in equine handling and care.
* Solid understanding of livestock and equine behavior, health and vital signs, nutritional requirements, etc.
* Knowledge of livestock and equine first aid and evidence -based livestock and equine management best practices.
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
* Experience in installation of electric fencing
* Ability to organize, set priorities, work independently, and follow through on tasks.
* Experience in the installation of electric fencing
* Ability to remain calm and collected and multi-task during emergency situations
* Must have a driver's license

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

* One year management experience in an agricultural setting preferred
* One year experience in livestock care and handling and experience with small ruminants (sheep/goats) preferred
* One year management experience in an agricultural setting preferred
* Ability to operate farm equipment necessary to support equine and livestock facilities including tractors, trucks, trailers, mowers, small power equipment, etc preferred
* Experience in pasture management and knowledge of best management practices including: rotational grazing, weed control, carrying capacity, etc. preferred

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

* Ability to lift 50 lbs. repetitively.

Work Schedule

Tuesday- Friday with alternating weekends and holidays. 7:00 am-4:00 pm (40 hours per week)

Salary Information

$17.00 per hour

(Temporary position: Sept 1, 2019-Aug 31, 2020)

Special Instructions to Applicants

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Aug 12 2019 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close:

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* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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