General Nature of Work:
Performs routine and semiroutine duties to assist professional staff engaged in agricultural research, animal research or wildlife management.
Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:
Examples of Work:
(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)
Feeds and waters animals used in laboratory research.
Cleans and disinfects animals' quarters.
Examines animals for signs of illness and treats them according to instructions.
Assists professional staff in the performance of surgical or medical procedures on animals.
Oversees the planting, cultivation or harvesting of trees and crops and the raising of livestock and poultry.
Operates, maintains and repairs equipment used in agricultural research and demonstrations.
Maintains wildlife management areas; plants and cultivates crops for wildlife.
Collects field data and samples.
Prepares materials or animals prior to laboratory testing.
Performs routine tests in a specialized area of agricultural science.
Records data from laboratory experiments.
Maintains appropriate records.
Guides hunters and visitors in wildlife management areas.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)
Knowledge of safety practices relevant to the area of employment.
Knowledge of how to properly care for research animals or livestock.
Knowledge of the prevention and treatment of animal injuries and illnesses.
Knowledge of how to carry out farming tasks.
Knowledge of natural habitats and of the methods for their preservation.
Knowledge of how to conduct routine scientific tests relevant to the area of employment.
Skill in the use or operation of agricultural tools and equipment.
Skill in the operation of motor vehicles.
Ability to perform basic mathematical operations.
Ability to follow detailed instructions properly.
Ability to record data accurately and maintain records properly.
State Minimum Training and Experience
State Necessary Special Requirements:
Some positions require a valid driver's license. Certification as a laboratory animal technician may be required for positions responsible for the care of laboratory animals.
(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)
A high school diploma.