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Dairy Unit Coordinator – Lakeland College

Key responsibilities:
• Ensure that the College’s state of the art Dairy Learning Centre operates efficiently and effectively
• Work with the farm team and provide support to the Animal Science Technology diploma program which includes a dairy specialization and the Dairy Student Managed Farm
• Work closely with the farm manager, faculty, and students in meeting the Dairy Student Managed Farm learning objectives
• Networking with industry to support dairy education and research initiatives
• Day to day management and operations of a dairy such as labour management, milking, calving and calf management, nutrition and feeding
• Facility maintenance, quota management, herd health, record keeping, breeding/reproduction and other farm related duties

Job requirements:
• Post-secondary diploma in agriculture related education
• Demonstrated passion for the Canadian dairy industry
• Minimum of three years of experience working in a dairy
• Strong computer skills
• Manual labour and shift work is required
• Ability to perform artificial insemination would be an asset

This is a Full-time Permanent AUPE appointment commencing as soon as possible. We offer a competitive salary as well as a generous benefit package and pension plan.

Competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. Those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Instructor, Animal Science (Dairy) – Lakeland College

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians
and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian
citizens or permanent residents cannot be found other individuals will
be considered. Those selected for an interview will be contacted.

All resumes are to be submitted electronically on our website

Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science – Dairy Research Unit

Competition No.  – S108139040
Posting Date  – May 17, 2019
Closing Date  – May 31, 2019
Position Type  – Full Time – Operating Funded
Salary Range  – $57,628 to $78,270 per year
Grade  – 08
Hours  – 40

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science invites applications for the Herdsperson position for the Dairy Research and Technology Centre (DRTC). The Herdsperson will be involved in the management of a dairy breeding, feeding, and milk production program in support of research activities and animal care requirements. A detailed knowledge of dairy cow husbandry, nutrition, reproductive management, and record keeping is required.


  • Completes routine Dairy Technician tasks including all tasks related to the care and well-being of the animals, research activities and requirements and DRTC operations. This includes milking, feeding, cleaning, treating and vaccinating animals. In addition, maintaining or fixing all equipment.
  • Fixes broken equipment and required supplies or machinery and reports to the Unit Supervisor.
  • Treats sick and/or injured animals and reports to the Unit Supervisor.
  • Adheres to all DRTC SOPs and animal care recommendations.
  • Checks and ensures daily routine activities (feeding, milking, animal health diagnosis,treatments, dehorning and vaccinations are completed to DRTC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs))
  • Coordinates and communicates with all staff and management on an ongoing basis on improvements to the daily activities and record keeping system as part of the DRTC and ProAction program.
  • Oversees maintenance of vaccination, herd health and hoof health program.
  • Ensures daily functions always prioritize research and animal welfare including recommendations to management team on potential improvements to facilities and protocols.
  • Implement herd health and animal care recommendations from the herd veterinarian and Director of Animal Care.
  • In manager’s absence, provide comments to research protocols for animal welfare approval
  • Oversees management of breeding herd including maintenance of breeding program, herd turnover and data collection.
  • Sets and follows targets in consultation with the Unit Supervisor for cow flow and sales
  • Oversees artificial insemination program including synchronization, breeding, training and quality control of equipment and supplies for the cow and heifers herds.
  • Assists researchers, technical staff, unit staff and students with implementation of research protocols, including technical assistance and data collection.
  • Develops and maintains work schedules, including weekends, holidays and after hours monitoring. Schedules or reschedules employees for daily shifts.
  • Assists Unit Supervisor with hiring, interviews, training and monitoring employee’s performance.
  • Assists in training of new staff, research staff and students on SOPs and project specific tasks.
  • Coordinates and delegates daily staff responsibilities for routine tasks; consults with Unit Supervisor on priorities for additional tasks (i.e. maintenance, items, research assistance)
  • Ensures Occupational Health and Safety, Environment Health and Safety, ProAction and DRTC SOPs are being adhered to by all staff; Reports to management if staff are not adhering to SOPs.
  • In absence of Unit Supervisor, completes Workers Compensation Board forms and UOA Incident reporting.
  • Communicates and consults with Unit Supervisor regarding Human Resource issues, incidents or concerns
  • Directly supervises casual staff including weekends and after hours
  • Develops and completes routine maintenance of on all equipment.
  • Schedules Farm Service Providers for routine and required equipment servicing and maintenance of equipment.
  • Checks, stock and completes inventory of supplies for all operations on farm
  • In absence of Unit Supervisor, purchases animal related, veterinary and equipment supplies required for daily operations.
  • Monitors facility and animals outside regular working hours, acts as the predominant “on call” staff member to assist in emergencies and after hour assistance with freshening, sick or injured animals


  • Minimum of a two year post-secondary diploma in animal health technology, agriculture, animal science, or dairy management; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.
  • Previous supervisory experience, as well as knowledge of University of Alberta administrative procedures, is an asset.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Problem solving and analysis skills.

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