Part Time Farm Lab Assistant
Iowa Lakes Community College - Estherville, IA

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This is a part-time position of approximately 27 hours a week with expected seasonal variations, located at the College farm, west of the Emmetsburg campus. Primary responsibilities are to perform all duties related to the swine enterprise (breeding, farrow to finish, records), assist with cattle chores and fieldwork – planting and harvest of various plots and delivery of grain. Includes some evening, weekend and holiday work, general farm maintenance and interaction with students.

CLASSIFICATION: Professional Support A
DEPARTMENT: Farm - Emmetsburg
REPORT TO: Director of Agricultural Technology


Constant (67-100%)

  • Perform daily duties required in the swine enterprise of the College Farm, including feeding, cleaning, vaccinating, weighing, monitoring environment, monitoring health, adjusting water heights, and room temperature controls, shipping, record-keeping and recommending materials and supplies.
  • Perform farrowing chores: assist sows at parturition, process newborn pigs, remove stillborn pigs and afterbirth, weigh litters, wean, etc.
  • Perform heat detection, A.I. and pregnancy testing of sow herd.
  • Maintain records for the swine enterprise, to include breeding, farrowing, nursery, sales, medical,...
  • Must maintain biosecurity; must not work with own or other pigs.
  • Work with Director of Agricultural Technologies, instructors and students.
  • Frequent (34-66%)

  • Recommend feed and supplies.
  • Schedule and/or perform maintenance on facilities and equipment.
  • Assist with cattle chores.
  • Assist in planning with other farm employees and instructors for the farm operation.
  • Assist in the planting, harvesting and storage of grain, etc.
  • Occasional (10-33%)

  • Work as a team member to ensure that the farm enterprises are efficiently and safely operated.
  • Be responsible for weekend and holiday chores on a rotational basis.
  • Assume duties of other employees during their absence.

  • Represent the College in a positive manner to employees, students, visitors, and the general public.
  • Must be enthusiastic and energetic in performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.
  • Thorough knowledge of English usage, grammar, punctuation, and arithmetic.
  • Ability to read and understand written and oral instructions of communications.
  • Ability to efficiently perform tasks in an environment of frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to assume responsibility, deal effectively with problems, and exercise good judgment when making decisions.
  • Knowledge of all phases of farm operations.
  • Ability to operate and maintain farm equipment and facilities.
  • Physical stamina to perform farm related duties.
  • Need or be willing to obtain a Public Applicator License.

    Medium work. Exerting 75 pounds of force occasionally (10-33%), and/or 10-25 pounds of force frequently (34-66%), and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly (67-100%). Stooping, kneeling, crouching, pushing, pulling, carrying, and repetitive motion occasionally (10-33%). Walking, lifting, and grasping frequently (34-66%). Talking, hearing, and viewing various types of close visual work constantly (67-100%). Required to travel utilizing personal vehicle.

    Employment with Iowa Lakes Community College is dependent upon successful passage of a criminal background check.

    The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions, job duties/responsibilities, and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

    Associate Degree in Agriculture or related field preferred. Experience as a farm laborer working with hogs and/or cattle, equipment and fieldwork necessary.

    SALARY: $14.35 hour

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