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Extension Assistant in Poultry Processing and Food Safety

Employer
Kentucky State University
Location
Frankfort, KY

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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB: Extension Assistant in Poultry Processing and Food Safety Position in the Kentucky State University (KSU) Land Grant Program (LGP) and The College of Agriculture, Community and the Sciences (ACS) will serve as the lead educator and daily operations manager with stakeholders for the KSU Poultry Processing Building at the KSU Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm and assist with the KSU Mobile Processing Unit. 


SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: Under the supervision of the KSU Farm Manager, the Extension Assistant in Poultry Processing and Food Safety Position in the KSU-LGP will serve as the lead educator and daily operations manager with stakeholders for the KSU Poultry Processing Building and assist with the KSU Mobile Processing Unit located at the KSU Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm. This position will be responsible for training producers on the use of the facility for processing poultry, fish, and rabbits, and possibly other species. This position will maintain up to date records on the processing activities for USDA, FDA, and Kentucky Health Services and be certified in food handling and chemical application. The positon will also conduct workshops on raising and processing poultry and rabbits, provide information on how to build and maintain housing and feeding equipment for such animals.  



ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (ex: duties that are essential to performing the job with or without an accommodation)

1.    Maintain the daily operations of the KSU Poultry Processing Building at Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm and assist with the Mobile Processing Unit.

2.    Train producers on the use of the facilities for processing poultry, fish, and rabbits.  

3.    Maintain up to date records on the processing activities for USDA, FDA, and Kentucky Health Services and certifications

4.    Conduct workshops on raising and processing poultry.

5.    Conduct workshops on how to build and maintain housing and feeding equipment for such animals.  

6.    Be certified in food handling and chemical application 

7.    Assist Kentucky State Area Ag agents in the process of loading and relocating equipment and any help they may call upon me for their field day events.

8.    Assist with the maintenance of facilities and equipment used in the program.

9.    Work with stakeholders on Extension related questions through answering emails, phone calls, and letters, as well as occasional site visits to grower’s sites. 

10.    Assist with general care and maintenance of poultry at the Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm and assist with research projects when needed.

11.    Assist with general farm activities as needed by the Farm Manager.

12.    Other duties as assigned.


OTHER DUTIES: (ex: tasks that may be necessary, but are not the main reason(s) the job was created)


The position will conduct other duties as required.


QUALIFICATIONS: Required: B.Sc in Food Science, Animal Sciences, or similar area.  


Licensing and Certifications    



KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: 

    

•    Knowledge of food safety and processing regulations.

•    Be certified in food handling, processing techniques, and chemical application 

•    Basic livestock care procedures.

•    Effective communication skills.

•    Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

•    Experience with animal processing preferred.

•    Ability to obtain food managers certification.

•    Effective oral and writing skills. 

•    Computer literacy. 

•    Ability to work cooperatively in a team effort is required. 

•    Initiative, resourcefulness, punctuality, and ability to work independently are essential. 



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 


•    Work involves some exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dust, water, smoke, and/or unpleasant odors.

•    This job involves travel. The position will have statewide responsibilities.



Revised: 04/05/2021


KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform.


Organization

Our Mission

Kentucky State University is the state's unique, small, liberal studies institution with the lowest student-faculty ratio in the state system. The University shall serve as a residential institution with a range of traditional collegiate programs appropriate to its unique role.

Geographic Region
Kentucky State University's geographic region shall be state-wide for its liberal studies mission, its land grant functions, and its service to state government. In addition, Kentucky State University's primary service area for commuting students shall be for Franklin and contiguous counties.

Institutional Admission Standards
Kentucky State University shall admit students to the institution under selective admission standards to which exceed the minimum guidelines established by the Council on Higher Education, with only limited exceptions. Institutional policy for admitting under-prepared students, including the removal of academic deficiencies within a specified time frame. Through this approach, the University seeks to provide broad access and high-quality programs.

Degree Levels
Selected associate and baccalaureate degree programs shall be oriented toward liberal studies and selected career opportunities related to state government services. Kentucky State University shall offer selected master's degree programs based on demonstrated need, with priority given to a public administration curriculum to meet the needs of state government.

Strategic Directions/Program Priorities
The University shall focus on liberal studies programming. Drawing upon its African-American heritage, the University will promote the values and methods of interdisciplinary and multicultural education in its liberal studies offerings. All students shall participate in common curricula that explore the liberal studies. Drawing upon the multicultural strengths of the University, emphasis shall be placed on preparing minority students for careers in education and in other selected professions including business, computer science, nursing, human services, and public services. These strategic priorities translate into a core of liberal arts baccalaureate degree programs, in addition to degree programs at the associate [A], baccalaureate [B], and master's [M] levels that may include the following: education [B]; business [B]; computer science [A,B]; nursing [A]; home economics [B]; human services [B]; and public administration [B,M].

Enhancement of Instruction
The University shall emphasize teaching. Meeting student needs shall be paramount. The University shall focus on the needs of its students, which include, but are not limited to, full-time and part-time residential students, commuting students from its primary service area, and state governmental employees.

Service and Research Functions
Kentucky State University, as the 1890 land grant institution in the system, shall carry out its responsibilities under federal law and participate fully in appropriate U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, in accord with the mission of the University.

Kentucky State University shall be the major repository for the collection of books, records, and artifacts relative to the history and status of African-American citizens of the Commonwealth and elsewhere. The University shall make such materials available for casual and scholarly study.

Kentucky State University shall focus on meeting the applied research and service needs of state government.

Collaborative Ventures
The priority master's degree program offered by Kentucky State University shall be carefully articulated with related doctoral programs offered by the doctoral-granting institutions in the system. The University shall develop and employ telecommunication resources to communicate with other institutions in the fulfillment of its mission. Curriculum development shall emphasize the transfer of credits form other institutions toward degree completion.

Kentucky State University shall promote cost effectiveness in academic programming and institutional management. Strategic planning resulting in the elimination of duplicative or non-productive programs is essential while the development of carefully selected new programs compatible with the mission is appropriate. Measures of quality and performance shall be the foundation of the University's accountability system which promotes the continuous improvement of programs and services.

Efficiency and Effectiveness
Kentucky State University shall promote cost effectiveness in academic programming and institutional management. Strategic planning resulting in the elimination of duplicative or non-productive programs is essential while the development of carefully selected new programs compatible with the mission is appropriate. Measures of quality and performance shall be the foundation of the University's accountability system which promotes the continuous improvement of programs and services.

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Location
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Kentucky
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