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Farm Hand, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

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Job ID: 14255

Updated: November 23, 2017

Location: Spy Hill

Position Overview

The Dean's Office in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Farm Hand.

Reporting to the Manager, Animal Support Unit, the Farm Hand provides general farm duties to the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) to ensure the safe and efficient operation of animal facilities / resources at the Spyhill Campus. The position's focus is on UCVM's outdoor activities; however, the Farm Hand provides support to all animal facilities / resources at the Spyhill Campus, including animal facilities within the Veterinary Sciences Research Station, the Wildlife Research Station, and the Clinical Skills Building.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Facilities / Resources:

  • Maintains UCVM's pens, paddocks and pastures at the Spyhill Campus to ensure pasture quality through pasture rotation, seeding, weed maintenance, soil conditioning, etc.
  • Ensures the timely procurement of seed and chemicals requirements, and maintains an appropriate inventory of materials
  • Works with Grounds on any seeding, weeding, and soil conditioning required, and identifies / sources vendors for the consideration of the responsible Manager when Grounds is unable to provide support
  • Maintains and repairs pasture fencing, penning, waterers, and other outdoor animal facilities / resources to ensure safe and efficient operations in alignment with CCAC guidelines and University and UCVM policies and procedures
  • Maintains and repairs indoor animal resources as requested (in close collaboration with building managers and University Operations and Maintenance) to ensure safe and efficient operations in alignment with CCAC guidelines and University and UCVM policies and procedures


  • Maintains and repairs all farm equipment and small powered mobile equipment to ensure their safe and efficient operation
  • Identifies / sources equipment requiring replacement for the consideration of the responsible Manager (well in advance of a replacement decision), and researches / identifies new equipment with the potential to improve operations

Other Accountabilities:

  • Is aware of changes in behaviour or other signs of illness in animals, and reports any concerns to the Manger, Animal Support Unit
  • Assists with feeding and general animal husbandry care as required, in collaboration with other UCVM staff, to ensure coverage during leaves, peak periods, etc.
  • In collaboration with the Distribution Services Clerk, maintains an inventory of necessary parts for the maintenance and repair of UCVM equipment and animal facilities / resources
  • Manages own time effectively to complete the requirements of the position
  • Is familiar with the University of Calgary statement on "Principles of Conduct" and conducts themselves according to these principles in all situations when representing UCVM or while acting on behalf of the University

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Degree or diploma in agriculture, animal sciences, or an equivalent field is required
  • 1 - 3 years of work experience in relevant environment, is required (equivalent combination of education and work experience may be considered)
  • Knowledge of feeding and pasture / paddock management practices for common farm animals is required
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain and repair farm equipment and farm facilities / resources (i.e. aptitude in farm equipment / facility maintenance and repair) is essential
  • Demonstrated ability to safely operate farm equipment (e.g. tractors, ATVs, etc.) as well as small powered mobile equipment (e.g. drills, saws, grinders etc.) is essential
  • Valid Alberta driver's license with an acceptable driving record is required
  • Ability to work independently to complete outdoor physical labour in variable weather conditions and for prolonged periods of time is required
  • Good record keeping skills (e.g. equipment maintenance records) and strong attention to detail is desirable
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with faculty members, staff, students, and members of the public is desirable
  • Ability to assess situations and identify innovative solutions both independently and in collaboration with others, is desirable
  • Understanding of animal husbandry care and animal handling principles is required
  • The Farm Hand must not have any known animal allergies that will interfere with their ability to perform the required tasks and duties

Application Deadline:  November 22, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about UCVM visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

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