Farm Assistant (Lead Milker) – University of Delaware

Job no: 498630
College / VP Area: College of Ag & Natural Res
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time, Extension and Outreach

Pay Grade: 27N

Context of the Job:

Under limited supervision of the Dairy Manager, Farm Assistant III (Lead Milker) performs the standard operating procedures for the care and milking of dairy cattle. Assists the dairy researchers and supervisors with the collection of data related to animal research. Performs mechanical and maintenance duties. Principal emphasis is on the daily operations within the dairy unit including milking twice per day and the general care and housekeeping of the animals on an eight hour per day split shift. Assists in the preparation of facilities for research and teaching projects. Maintains the dairy buildings and equipment and keeps them in good working condition and performs various duties related to the care and management of the dairy unit. Independent judgment is required to assess, prioritize and schedule jobs.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Supervises and assists routine milking of the lactational herd, research groupings, milk sampling and newborn calf care.
  • Maintains the dairy facilities including cleaning, disinfection, and general repair of equipment.
  • Assists in scheduling preventive maintenance/ and keeping records of work performed on equipment and vehicles.
  • Trains biweekly employees.
  • Supervises and assist preparation of dairy facilities for research, teaching and extension.
  • Assists project leaders in caring for experimental animals and data collection.
  • Assist in teaching proper milking techniques for class laboratories.
  • Supervises biweekly employees and assists in performing routine tasks necessary for the proper care of animals within the dairy unit. This includes providing water, feed, bedding and manure removal.
  • Operates farm machinery including tractor and TMR wagon, skid steer, front-end loader, tractor, mower and manure spreader.
  • Ensures that safety procedures are followed.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Environmental Factors/Occupational 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 materials.


  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED with three or more years of farm experience.
  • Knowledge of dairy cattle management preferred.
  • Knowledge of general practices and operations of equipment as well as basic knowledge of heating, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting and masonry work.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects concurrently and to interpret work from written instructions.
  • Ability and willingness to learn and accept new ideas, techniques and responsibilities.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
  • Basic computing skills, with ability to use email, internet, software such as Word and Excel.

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 in excess of 50 feet, wear a respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), and work above floor level or in pits.
  • May be required to maintain a valid CDL A, B or C operator’s license.
  • Employment is dependent upon passing a University-specified medical evaluation related to the use of respiratory protection equipment.
  • May be required to obtain and maintain a valid pesticide applicator’s license.
  • May be required to work after normal working hours to assist with farm emergencies.
  • Must be able to work on weekends and holidays on a rotational basis.
  • 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.

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