The State of Connecticut, Department of Agriculture (DoAg) is seeking a part-time Agricultural Worker 1 to assist with animal maintenance and care at its Niantic, CT barn. The Niantic barn is located within the Department of Correction's York Correctional facility located at 201 West Main Street, Niantic, CT. The Agricultural Worker will perform skilled agricultural tasks in the maintenance and repair of barns and animal holding areas; cleans, sanitizes, assembles, disassembles and operates equipment; feeds, waters and cares for animals; administers medications to animals under supervision; keeps records and prepares reports; performs related duties as required.
The position is part-time, 24-hours a week, though the schedule of days and hours may vary and will require work on some weekends and holidays, depending on the animal care needs and quantity of animals.
*If new to state service, the entry level rate for this class will be ten (10%) percent below Step 1 of the Salary Group. Upon completion of the initial working test period the incumbent’s salary will be adjusted to the TC or FM pay plan, Step 1 of the Salary Group for this class.
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At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
Requirements of position:
- Successful completion of background check conducted by the Department of Corrections;
- Ability to lift items up to 50lbs;
- May be required to travel for the transportation of animals.
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state agency facility or institution this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in skilled agriculture work.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Independently performs skilled agricultural tasks in operation and maintenance of complex land preparation, planting, harvesting and dairy plant equipment; performs minor maintenance and repair of greenhouse buildings, barns and animal holding areas; cleans, sanitizes, assembles, disassembles and operates dairy equipment; assists in sale of agricultural products; feeds, waters and cares for animals; administers medications to animals under supervision; prunes, pinches and supports plants; grafts and transplants trees, plants and flowers; may spray pesticides on various crops and weeds; keeps records and prepares reports; performs a full range of duties as outlined in the Agricultural Worker Trainee specification; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of methods used in culture and propagation of crops, produce, plants, flowers and orchards; knowledge of care, health and management of animals; some interpersonal skills; some oral and written communication skills; ability to operate and maintain equipment related to particular agricultural area; ability to follow oral and written instructions.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of experience in one of the following areas, related to the specific needs of the position:
- General farm labor (crops, produce, orchards, etc.)
- Farm animal science and or maintenance (dairy, horses, poultry, sheep, pigs, etc.)
- Plant science
- Dairy manufacturing
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training in agriculture or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience.
- Knowledge of care, health and management of livestock including horses;
- Experience with oral and written communication;
- Experience following workplace policies and procedures;
- Experience operating and maintaining outdoor equipment such as rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows;
- Experience maintaining a barn.
Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties.
A physical examination may be required.
Incumbents may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights; may be exposed to extreme weather conditions and to risk of injury from equipment or animals.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.