Farm Assistant (Lead Feeder) – University of Delaware

College / VP Area: College of Ag & Natural Res
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Full Time, Extension and Outreach

Pay Grade: 26N

Context of the Job:

Under general supervision and following standard operating procedures, care and feeding of livestock, assists researchers and supervisors, collects data related to animal research and performs mechanical duties. The primary emphasis is daily operations within the Dairy Unit such as feeding, milking and housekeeping. Assist in preparation of facilities for research and teaching projects. Maintains buildings and equipment in good working condition and performs various duties related to the care and management of the Unit. Independent judgment is required to resolve routine problems. The standard work schedule for this position is 40 hours.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Daily feeding of mature herd and calves.
  • Maintain dairy facilities that include: cleaning, disinfecting, and general repair/preventative maintenance of equipment.
  • Supervise and assist preparation of dairy facilities for research, teaching and extension.
  • Assist project leaders in caring for experimental animals and collecting data.
  • Supervise and assist in performing routine tasks necessary for the proper care of animals within the dairy unit, including: providing water, feed, bedding and manure removal.
  • Supervise and assist in the routine milking of lactating herd.
  • Supervise and assist in performing basic maintenance work including painting, plumbing, carpentry, and grounds maintenance.
  • Operate farm machinery including: tractor and TMR wagon, skid steer, front-end loader, tractor, mower and manure spreader.
  • Supervise and train biweekly employees in proper performance of routine farm duties.
  • May perform duties of the Dairy Unit Manager in their absence.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Environmental Factors/Occupations Exposures:

  • The physical environment requires the employee to work both inside and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions.
  • Frequently required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous conditions and materials.


  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED with three years of farm experience operating various types of equipment and machinery, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Knowledge of dairy cattle management preferred.
  • Ability to read and interpret work from written instructions. Basic plumbing, carpentry, and painting experience.
  • Basic electrical and/or mechanical skills preferred.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.

Special Requirements:

  • With or without assistance, must be able to routinely lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to work in cramped areas and positions for extended periods of time, climb ladders, wear respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
  • Employment is dependent upon passing a University-specified medical evaluation related to the use of respiratory protection equipment.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Ability to work after normal working hours to assist with farm emergencies and on weekends and holidays on a rotational basis.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Applications close: Open until filled