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Departmental Assistant - Farm Assistant (Equine & Livestock)

University of Massachusetts Amherst
UMass Amherst

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 523785
Work type: Hourly
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Center for Agriculture
Union: Non-Benefited
Categories: Temporary Non-Benefited, Agriculture/Extension, College of Natural Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Assists in the daily operation and maintenance of the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (CAFE) Hadley Farm under the direction of the Farm Manager and Farm Superintendent

Essential Functions

  • Conducts daily facility inspections including but not limited to barns and outbuildings, fences, equipment, pastures, and paddocks. Reports all issues to management.
  • Maintains professional standards for cleanliness, organization, and upkeep.
  • Operates farm machinery including but not limited to tractors, loaders, mowers (both mounted and self-propelled), string trimmers, utility vehicles, etc. in support of farm operations, maintenance, and animal care.
  • Performs grounds maintenance as directed, mows and trims lawns.
  • Operates motor vehicles to travel to various work sites and/or to deliver supplies.
  • Performs routine maintenance on equipment (greasing, oil changes, and related lubrication, pressure washing, compressed air cleaning, etc.).
  • Assists in the maintenance of barns, fences, and related facilities. Duties include basic carpentry.
  • Assists in the daily care and feeding of horses and livestock as needed.
  • Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness.
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.
  • Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • High School Diploma.
  • One (1) year experience in general farm maintenance and upkeep.
  • One (1) year experience in the operation and maintenance of motorized farm or landscape equipment.
  • Basic Carpentry Skills
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Two (2) or more years’ experience in general farm maintenance and upkeep.
  • Two (2) or more years’ experience in the operation of motorized farm or landscape equipment.
  • Experience operating a tractor equipped with a front-end loader.
  • Experience using a semi-mounted rotary mower / brush hog.
  • Experience in the care of livestock and/or horses.
  • Experience in troubleshooting and maintenance / repair of electric fence.
  • Physical Demands/Working Conditions

    • This position involves physical activities including standing, walking, pushing, pulling, carrying, repetitive movement, bending, twisting, lifting, etc.
    • Incumbent must be able to lift 50 or more pounds repetitively.
    • This position involves and outdoor / farm work environment. Incumbent must be able to work in adverse weather conditions including heat, cold, and precipitation.

    Additional Details

    • This is a temporary, non-benefited position.

    Work Schedule

    • Monday – Friday, up to 7.5 hours per day / 37.5 hours per week.
    • Flexibility in weekly scheduling is available.

    Salary Information

    • $22.00 per hour.

    Application Information

    Along with the application, please submit a resume.

    As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. ( )

    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    Advertised: Jun 13 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Sep 15 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

    As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

    Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

    The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

    As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.


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