New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Five (5) years of experience related to the standard duties as outlined.
Leads and performs farm activities such as planting, weeding, harvesting and caring for livestock. Performs minor maintenance tasks including electrical, plumbing and carpentry work. Operates a variety of farm equipment.
Classification Standard Duties
Leads students or other farm employees in caring for livestock, planting, harvesting and other farm activities. Sets schedules for feeding and watering animals. Observes animals to detect signs of illness or injury. Treats minor injuries and advises a veterinarian or supervisor of serious problems. Coordinates or conducts the processing of animals including weighing, assigning and attaching ear tags, vaccinating, castrating and dehorning. Leads the preparation of rations and feed supplements to animals according to experimental requirements. Breeds animals. Selects sires for artificial insemination. Assists and attends animals during and after birth of offspring. Plants, weeds, cultivates and harvests experimental plots and field crops. Operates various types of farm equipment including tractors and harvesters. Orders, mixes and measures pesticides and fertilizers and applies them to crops. Performs maintenance of facilities such as water lines, corrals and buildings including minor electrical, plumbing or carpentry repairs. Maintains records of such activities as crops planted and animals bred, sold or slaughtered.
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