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Farm Coordinator / Veterinary Tech Support

Requisition ID req158
Department College Farm
Campus Rock Creek Campus; 17705 NW Springville Rd., Portland, OR
Employment Type Classified-Full Time
Best Consideration Date Apply Immediately; this job will close when sufficient qualified candidates have applied.
Position Summary

Are you passionate about animals, farms, and education? Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus is looking for a Farm Coordinator to run its farm and support the Veterinary Technology Program’s animals. 

The farm coordinator provides overall care for veterinary technology program animals and maintenance of the campus farm.  This is a critical set of responsibilities that impacts animal welfare, community relations, program health, grounds use, and other considerations.   In addition to the Veterinary Technology program, the farm coordinator also supports the campus’ public relations efforts and other farm-related programs such as: The Learning Garden, Landscape Technology Program, and Environmental Studies Center.  The farm coordinator works with other PCC staff and a wide array of contacts outside PCC as well.  The Farm Coordinator also manages a farm shop and all farm facilities and equipment, directs activities of farm staff, and assists in the financial operation of the farm.  

The ideal candidate would be a person with significant (at least 3-5 years) experience working and/or supervising others in a farm setting and with a passion for education. Those with less experience, or in other similar positions (sustainable farms, production farms, etc.) are also encouraged to apply. 

While the position is a full-time 40 hour/week position, care-taking may require round-the-clock responsibilities depending on circumstances, therefore, for PCC’s convenience the college has recently built a detached three-bedroom house on the Rock Creek Campus where the farm coordinator is expected to reside.

Animals cared for at the farm include approximately 30 sheep, 20 cattle, 6 camelids, 2 horses, and 3 goats.  The campus includes a kennel which houses up to 20 dogs and cats.  The program has also housed guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, gerbils, hamsters, mice, and rats.  Animal numbers vary from season to season and year to year.  

PCC’s Veterinary Technology program conducts no animal research, but the use of animals in its educational program requires the department to follow the same regulations that protect animal welfare at research facilities.  For example, the campus maintains an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), including members of the public, which inspects all animal facilities and records regularly.  The farm coordinator serves on the IACUC.  Ideal candidates will have experience with such committees and with regulations around the institutional use of animals for educational purposes.

This position will start as early as January 2019, to provide time working with the incumbent coordinator, who will retire at the end of June 2019

Specific Duties Include:

  • Assists the Veterinary Technology Program with instructional and other activities, especially involving large animals. Coordinates and communicates with instructors to assist in the preparation and management of livestock prior to and during laboratory sessions.

  • Provides husbandry of animals assigned to the Veterinary Technology Program and assists in the operation and maintenance of kennel facilities for domesticated dogs and cats.

  • Participates in special projects to support the Veterinary Technology Program as needed.

  • Provides husbandry for Veterinary Technology program animals during college closures.

  • Performs some or all of the duties of the Instructional Support Technician IV classification.

  • Performs various farm operations including but not limited to cleaning and maintaining barns, storage buildings and fencing; manure management, eed acquisition and transport, maintaining college pastures; and conducting periodic tours of the college farm.

  • Provides complete husbandry for cattle, sheep, and other farm animals. This includes handling, dehorning, hoof trimming, feeding, breeding and obstetrics, and some medical procedures (e.g., drawing samples, administering medications, using medical apparatuses, performing palpation). Identifies and transports excess stock to auction, and coordinates timely disposal of animals in accordance with college policy

  • Reports animal injuries and illnesses promptly to designated program veterinarian(s) and provide medical care to ill and injured animals as directed.

  • Maintains and restores the college environmental center (Rock Creek Environmental Studies Center) and adjacent natural areas, communicates and coordinates with environmental center staff.  

  • In accordance with the environmental center practices sprays herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides as needed and performs weed control on the farm. Rotates and grazes animals in areas needing control.

  • Provides supervision and labor for farm-related construction and development projects.  Monitors and ensures removal of feral dogs, cats and other species as appropriate.

  • Maintains appropriate contracts (e.g., sheep shearing contract), as well as regular logs and records including but not limited to records on costs and revenues related to farm activities and disparate funding sources related to the farm as well as animal records.

  • Orders, procures and stores necessary supplies in support of the college environmental center and adjacent natural areas, greenhouse and Landscape Technology Program, Veterinary Technology Program, farm operations and animal husbandry.

  • Maintains a safe work environment including the safe use and disposal of hazardous and other materials.

  • Stays current on agricultural methodologies.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

    PCC serves over 70,000 full-time and part-time students, from all walks of life in the Portland area. We are committed to a culture which values human diversity and cultural competency for our students, our employees, and our partners. 

    Our core themes at PCC are: 
    * Access and Student Success 
    * Economic Development and Sustainability 
    * Quality Education 
    * Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

    If this sounds like an educational community you would like to be a part of, and an important role that you would like to play for PCC, please review the minimum and preferred qualifications listed, and apply today! Please be sure to describe how you meet each of these qualifications so that we can get to know you and what you can bring to Portland Community College. 

See the classification description for additional information: https://www.pcc.edu/hr/employment/classified-jobs/farm/

Candidate Profile

These qualifications, skills and abilities are critical for success in this position.
Throughout the screening process, you will be evaluated based on the demonstration of these qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, your application must demonstrate these minimum qualifications. (Experience is calculated based on the start and end dates you provide multiplied by the number of hours per week worked).

Position Grade 20
Starting Salary Expectations

The first two steps of the range are: $3,554 to $3,660 per month.  Higher salary placement may be available based on qualifications, experience and internal equity.

Position Grade Salary Range $42652 to $68442 Annual Salary
FTE 1
PCC Benefits

PCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Long-term Disability, Long-term Care, and Auto and Home Insurance programs.

PCC currently fully funds the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP) pension and contributes an additional 6% into the employee's Individual Account Program under PERS/OPSRP. PCC offers a tax deferred annuity program and a deferred compensation program where employees may save additional pre-tax dollars for retirement.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waiver for yourself, domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age. Partial tuition reimbursement for yourself at other accredited institutions (full-time employees only).

Paid Leave: (Pro-rated by FTE for Part-Time Employees)
- Starts at 6.67 hours of vacation leave per month (additional vacation hours with years of service)
- 8 hours of sick leave per month 
- 24 hours of additional personal leave days per year 
- 11 Paid holidays


For a complete list of PCC benefits, please visit
http://www.pcc.edu/hr.benefits 

View a complete list of PCC benefits.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

Work occurs outdoors and in outdoor structures (farm buildings and shop). Exposure to noise from equipment, dead or diseased animals, odors from livestock and plant amendments. Work hours vary with the season and requirements of the farm, livestock and programs.

Requires considerable physical effort including heavy lifting, digging, equipment operation and the use of tools, handling of large animals (e.g., cattle, sheep, horses), and extensive walking/standing.

Background Check Required Yes

Portland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

  • Veterans: DD214
  • Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA

Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.