York County 4-H Farm Animal Learning Center Animal Husbandry Caretaker

Penn State University

Penn State Extension
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Extension - York County
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The applicant will manage animal husbandry duties at the 4-H Farm Animal Learning Center (FALC) held at the York Fair. They will serve as animal and facility caretaker at the York County 4-H Farm Animal Learning Center during the duration of the York Fair. The Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law and Penn State requires employees who have contact with children in youth programs sponsored by Penn State to obtain the following background clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check (SP4-164), PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form (CY-113), Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check (Criminal History Report). The applicant must also successfully complete all required compliance trainings. They must be familiar with general animal husbandry and cleaning practices (or a willingness to learn) needed to care for the animals and facilities of the Farm Animal Learning Center. Skills and qualities needed include: Effectively feed, water, care for, and humanely manage livestock, poultry, and small animals; Effectively clean, disinfect, and organize pens and space for animals; Enjoy teaching and working with the public; Be creative and flexible; Organized and dependable; Self-motivated; Organizational management skills; Ability to work in a team environment; Positive role model; Ability to multitask; Provide own transportation; Familiar with and understand the 4-H state petting zoo rules. Specific duties for the Farm Animal Learning Center Animal Husbandry Caretaker include: Thoroughly clean animal pens and entire FALC area before and after open hours; Feed and water all animals before the FALC opens and as needed per each animal owner’s instructions and general recommendations; Recruit additional volunteer help needed to clean animal pens and feed animals each morning and evening before and after the FALC is open, as needed; Manage the feed, hay, bedding, straw, water, and additional supplies for each animal; Assist in securing any feed, bedding or equipment not provided by animal owners needed to provide humane care for the animals; Assist in taking in and returning animals before and after the FALC and York Fair; Work with Penn State Extension 4-H staff and York Fair Staff in managing the Farm Animal Learning Center; Maintain communication with 4-H staff and York Fair staff throughout the week of York Fair; Assist in working the open hours of the FALC as needed; Maintain a list of contact information and instructions for the care of each animal; FALC center hours are by the FALC Manager in consultation with Penn State Extension 4-H Extension Educator. Typical hours are: Opening one hour after the fair opens and closing one hour before the fair closes is recommended but may be adjusted due to weather and scheduling. Dates of Employment: September 5 – 16, 2019 up to 80 hours. Variable hours during the day – evening, seven days per week during fair week. For more information contact Linda I. Spahr (717) 840-7145 or email LIS4@psu.edu.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088