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Animal Caretaker

Company: Daybreak Foods
Location: Raymond
Posted on: April 2, 2024

Job Description:

Summary Under the direction of the Production Supervisor, the Animal Caretaker will attend to the welfare and environment of the chickens and adhere to industry animal welfare practices and procedures. They will monitor and report the conditions of the barns where the birds reside to ensure a safe and productive environment. In addition, the Animal Caretaker will perform light maintenance on facilities and equipment. Key Responsibilities
Ensure the security of chickens and the premises by keeping all facility doors locked to protect birds from predators, external climate and unauthorized personnel Document completed tasks on a daily and weekly basis Observe bird health and proper supply of feed, light, air and water daily Properly collect and dispose of mortality Place chickens back into the system when the lights turn off Walk rows of chickens and check egg lines for egg blockages Observe and complete the daily cleaning of manure belt equipment Sweep and clean different areas of the poultry houses Maintain and monitor ventilation systems to ensure proper ventilation in the chicken houses Safely operate required equipment and tools Follow all company safety policies and practices Demonstrate an understanding of laying hen husbandry Comprehend and operate the automated environmental and egg flow computers Continuously monitor bird health and production of laying hens in houses reporting findings to Production Manager/Supervisor Perform tasks associated with moving birds in and out of houses to include handling bird moving equipment and cleaning with pneumatic or pressurized water Monitor bird service activities, i.e. birds in/out, with an emphasis on animal welfare Follow all company policies and procedures Perform other duties as assigned
Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Education and/or Experience
High School diploma, GED, or equivalency preferred 1 year experience in agricultural environment and animal care is preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must be self-directed and organized Ability to track and document all activities with correct forms and paperwork Strong communication skills so that others will understand both verbally and in writing Working knowledge of agricultural operations preferred Detail oriented Ability to interact with individuals from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds Record of good attendance with a flexible schedule Basic reading, writing, and math skills Positive attitude and ability to work with a team Must enjoy working in close contact with animals
Physical Demands Stand and walk constantly; grip, grasp, push, pull, reach, bend, stoop, lift up to 10 pounds frequently; sit, climb, lift up to 50 pounds occasionally. Work Environment Frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and airborne particles. Temperature varies in relation to the outside temperature. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Proper personal protective equipment will be required during certain working conditions.

Keywords: Daybreak Foods, Columbus , Animal Caretaker, Other , Raymond, Ohio

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