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Research Technician

February 1, 2017

The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute is a private, not-for-profit organization with educational, research, and demonstration facilities located in Chazy, New York. Miner Institute’s research emphasis is chiefly dairy nutrition and forage quality, which are pertinent to the local economy. Ability to work with dairy cattle must be demonstrated. Computer and math skills are necessary. In addition, experience operating various pieces of farm equipment from skidsteers to tractors is preferred. Miner Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Miner Institute is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with federal and state law, all applicants will be considered
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, military status, domestic violence victim
status, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by law.

Duties

  • Feeding of dairy cattle  using mobile small feed mixers and updating feeding modules on a regular basis
  • Feed sample collection and preparation for analysis
  • Data entry and summarization using software programs such as Microsoft Excel
  • Care of dairy cattle including but not limited to: manure scraping, water bowl cleaning, and animal grooming
  • Project planning and preparation
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Director of Research

Qualifications

  • Must have experience working with dairy cattle
  • Must be capable of safely operating farm equipment:  skid steer and tractor experience is preferred.
  • Must have ability to solve basic math problems
  • Must have ability and willingness to adhere to stringent research protocols
  • Must have good communication skills and interact cooperatively with coworkers
  • Must have a valid driver’s license in NY State
  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities of a research institute
  • Ability to multi-task while being detail oriented
  • Associates degree or bachelor’s degree is preferred with a preference for degrees in dairy or animal science
  • Must have the ability and willingness to work independently and to work   flexible shifts including some weekends, possibly Friday/Saturday off or Sunday/Monday off.

Pay is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Start date for this position is immediate. Contact Katie Ballard for more information at (518) 846-7121 ext. 112.

 

12-Month Equine Management Internship

This internship is a 12-month position for four-year graduates in equine studies. The goal of this program is to improve technical skills and knowledge of equine management to better prepare the intern for a career in the horse industry.  Miner Institute is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with federal and state law, all applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, military status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by law.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in animal or equine science.
  • Ability to work with others under supervision of the Equine Manager and Equine Program Coordinator.
  • Ability to perform a variety of tasks in stable management, breeding management and training.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform assigned duties including, but not limited to, daily care of the Morgan Horse herd and related facilities.
  • Interact as needed with Summer Experience in Equine Management students, including training and supervision.
  • Assist as needed in equine research and education projects conducted with the Miner Institute horse herd.
  • Attend equine-related seminars as work schedule permits.
  • Embrace and represent the values of Miner Institute and the “Spirit of Heart’s Delight Farm.”

Compensation

  • Annual Stipend 
  • Housing provided
  • Meals when cafeteria is in session
  • Health and Life Insurance based on eligibility stated in the employee handbook

For more information, contact:
Equine Manager Karen Lassell
518-846-7121, ext. 120

12-Month Agricultural Research Internship

This internship is a 12-month position for four-year college graduates interested in career opportunities in agricultural research. The goal of this program is to develop research skills in a variety of areas including nutrient management, dairy cattle nutrition, agronomy, reproductive physiology of dairy cattle and horses, and dairy cattle behavior. The intern will be provided with opportunities to serve as a mentor for Advanced Dairy Management and Summer Experience in Agricultural Research students.

Miner Institute is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with federal and state law, all applicants will be considered
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, military status, domestic violence victim
status, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by law.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in animal science or related field.
  • Ability to work with others under supervision of the Director of Research and Research Department leaders.
  • Leadership skills will be developed once proficiency in various skill sets has been demonstrated.

Responsibilities:

  • Work in the dairy research facility: feeding cows for individual feed intakes, measuring in situ digestibilities in ruminally cannulated cows, milk sampling, urine/fecal sampling, blood sampling, and assessing dairy cattle behavior.
  • Forage quality assessment procedures will be taught in Miner Institute’s Forage Laboratory.
  • Agronomic and nutrient management research techniques for evaluating crop performance, ensiling practices and optimizing nutrient integration and retention in soils will also be learned.
  • In addition to the work experience, opportunities will be made available for the agricultural research intern to develop or expand a sound foundation in a specific area of interest by attending lectures and workshops offered at Miner Institute and scientific meetings.
  • Embrace and represent the values of Miner Institute and the “Spirit of Heart’s Delight Farm.”

Compensation:

  • Annual Stipend 
  • Housing provided
  • Meals when cafeteria is in session
  • Health and Life Insurance based on eligibility stated in the employee handbook

For more information, contact:
Director of Research Katie Ballard
518-846-7121, ext. 112

12-Month Dairy Management Internship

This internship is a 12-month position for four-year graduates in dairy science or animal science. The goal of this program is to improve technical skills and knowledge of dairy farm management. The valuable on-farm experience and dairy management skills acquired through this internship makes it an ideal transition between college and a career in the dairy industry.

Miner Institute is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with federal and state law, all applicants will be considered
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, military status, domestic violence victim
status, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by law.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in dairy or animal science.
  • Ability to work with others under supervision of the Dairy Farm Manager and Herdsperson.
  • Interest in hands-on experience in dairy farm management and herdsperson training.
  • Eagerness to learn and ability to work hard and cooperate with others.  The intern works closely with the herdsperson and farm manager, as well as will other farm staff: feeders, calf manager, milkers and crops staff. The intern also works alongside undergraduate college students participating in semester-long programs throughout the year.

Responsibilities:

  • Ability to perform a variety of tasks in dairy management including: assisting with calving, fresh cow care, vaccination, and diagnosing and treating sick animals.
  • Use management software including DairyComp 305 and AI 24 to help with heat detection and reproductive management.
  • Work with veterinarian and nutritionist and learn about labor management on the farm.
  • Attend learning and networking opportunities both on and off-site as interest and schedule allows.
  • Embrace and represent the values of Miner Institute and the “Spirit of Heart’s Delight Farm”

Compensation

  • Annual Stipend
  • Housing provided
  • Meals when cafeteria is in session
  • Health and Life Insurance based on eligibility stated in the employee handbook

For more information, contact:
Farm Manager Steve Couture
518-846-7121, ext. 133