Farm Crew, Animal Care

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory (ARBL) is an interdepartmental program focusing on research, teaching and service in the area of reproductive biology of domestic animals. Faculty of the ARBL include members of three departments in two colleges. The ARBL has been recognized as a Colorado State University Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence since 1989. This position will be physically working at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory (ERL) location which is a program with the ARBL

Position Summary

This position exists to provide care for horses housed at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory and other animals at the ARBL. The primary duties of this position are to: 1) provide feed and water to horses and other animals as directed by faculty and animal needs, 2) clean, and care for facilities as needed for the proper maintenance of horses and other animals, 3) provide routine maintenance of equipment, facilities and order supplies. The position requires practical horse and other animal experience.

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • One full year (12 months) of experience caring for, feeding, or providing health care for large animals (i.e. bulls, cows, stallions, mares, llamas, pigs, and goats).
  • Must have a valid, currant driver’s license.


At the discretion of the department, college coursework in a field of study related to the work assignment may substitute for up to 6 months of the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications

The highly desired candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities, personal characteristics, and experience directly related and critical to this position:

  • Demonstrated ability to comfortably work with large and potentially aggressive or frightened animals.
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic including consistent work attendance and reliability in a strenuous environment.
  • Ability to be a contributing team member, demonstrating problem solving and collaboration skills.
  • Demonstrated awareness and adherence to safety protocols associated with the care of large animals and farm/ranch equipment and facilities.
  • Ability to maintain attention to detail in regard to maintenance and cleanliness standards.
  • Experience operating and machinery and equipment which includes: a forklift, tractor, truck/trailer, electric sweeper, front-end loader, dump truck, and a variety of hand tools.
  • Experience performing routine maintenance on farm/ranch equipment (examples listed above).
  • Demonstrated communication skills and willingness to follow-through with feedback and assignments.
  • Experience identifying the needs of animals, especially if an animal is ill or distressed.
  • Ability to maintain composure under pressure in a fast-paced and demanding environment.
  • Experience working with the Farm Crew ARBL-ERL, familiarity with area and operations.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Animal Feed and Stall Cleaning Duty/Responsibility

Performs feeding, watering, cleaning, and safety checks for horses and other animals, and barn/stall facilities at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory and the ARBL. The position is required to be an integral part of the cleaning and feeding crew on a daily basis.

Percentage Of Time 60 Job Duty Category Maintenance Duty/Responsibility

Monitor the condition and repair needs of the stalls and equipment. Perform routine maintenance where appropriate or coordinate with ARBL farm manager for larger repairs. Maintain a clean appearance to the facility such as cleaning alleyways, animal loading and unloading areas, painting and other routine maintenance duties as needed and time allows. Order and purchase items necessary to complete the tasks such as hand tools, cleaning supplies, etc.

Percentage Of Time 40

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (eg: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
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Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Essential Services Designation - • Must be willing and able to report to work, without delay or interruption, to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare of the animals, Special Requirements/Other - Must be able to lift at least 40 lb. * Must be willing and able to work around patients with traumatic injuries and routinely observe surgical procedures and euthanasia

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.