Animal Caretaker

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Nature of Position:

Team members care for sows and piglets. This person will assist where needed working with the animals and their environment. Focusing on the welfare of the animals and not personal issues, by being friendly, positive, helpful, respectful to co-workers and other team members.

Key responsibilities:

  • Be at work on time on scheduled days ready to contribute
  • Follow Martin Family Farms Biosecurity policy
  • Follow Martin Family Farms Animal Welfare Policy
  • Follow Martin Family Farms safety policies and procedures
  • Care and management of the animals well-being by ensuring that…Animals are fed daily and fresh water is available to all animals
  • Observing each animal and ensuring that sick animals are properly treated
  • Overall animal conditions are evaluated and action is taken if needed
  • Assist in the breeding or farrowing (birthing process) as well as the weaning process
  • Follow the proper steps for timely euthanasia and be able to identify if it is needed
  • Care and management of the animals environment by ensuring that
  • Fans, heaters and other ventilation equipment is working properly and adjusted to ensure the optimum environment
  • Facilities are kept clean including pressure washing and disinfecting
  • Maintain accurate production records, including treatment records Job Qualifications:
  • Be able to lift in excess of 50 lbs moving up to 100 yards daily, be able to lift 15 lbs repeatedly on a daily basis from side to side for at least I hour. Push and/or pull a minimum of 500 lbs in a cart with wheels when required. Squat to floor, grip small objects with ease and twist at least 45 degrees.
  • Be capable of repeated actions.
  • Be responsive to visible signs of animal discomfort.
  • Be responsive to verbal alarms and sounds of animals.
  • Be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing with other employees and company contacts.
  • Be able to move, load and unload animals 600 plus pounds.
  • Be able to walk and stand for long periods of time on different surfaces including concrete.
  • Be able to climb in and out of crates and over obstacles.
  • Be able climb different types of ladders including feed bin ladders,
  • Be able to maintain balance on all surfaces.
  • Be able to retain and perform written and spoken instructions.
  • Must not own or live near any swine. Must not live with anyone who has contact with swine.

Working Conditions:

  • During summer months outside temperatures can be over 100 degrees for entire scheduled work day.
  • During winter months outside temperatures can be below zero for entire scheduled work day.
  • During and after heavy rains or snowfalls the road in and around the farms can become extremely muddy, snow covered, icy and difficult to maneuver on.
  • During different job duties the noise inside or outside hams can become very loud.
  • Will be exposed daily to odors, dusts and gasses that may be uncomfortable or hazardous if proper procedures are not followed.
  • Will be exposed to electrical boxes and electrical machinery that are not to be entered or repaired by those who are not certified in basic electrical training and/or lock out tag out by the Safety Coordinator.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $15.00 – $17.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • Holidays
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus pay

Work Location: One location

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