U of M Position Openings

Student Technician (Summer Work)
Meat Laboratory
Department of Animal Science
University of Minnesota, St. Paul

Summary: Summer employment in the Meat Laboratory on the U of M St. Paul Campus starting May 15, 2017. Work Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. Job ID 309236.

Duties include: Animal harvest, meat processing, retail sales, and sanitation.

Contact: For more information, please contact Tristan McNamara at 612-624-9260 or mcnam108@umn.edu.

POSTED 3/15/17

Part-time Student Employee
PAWS (Boyton Health Program)
University of Minnesota

About PAWS: Weekly PAWS sessions feature registered therapy animal teams—including dogs, bunnies, chickens, and other therapy animals like cats, miniature horses, Guinea pigs and fancy rats—that you are welcome to interact with and pet. Sessions are FREE and open to the University of Minnesota community. The goal of the program is to be a stress-reducing outlet for the University community. Animal interactions have been demonstrated to positively affect blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone levels in humans. For many young adults, entering college and being away from home often means saying goodbye to their pet, a constant, trusted ally and confidant. Boynton seeks to provide Animal Assisted Interactions (AAI) in its continued effort to meet student needs, especially in the areas of stress reduction and life skills development. Focused on well-being, AAI teams are volunteer handlers who are specially trained and evaluated, along with their animal partners.

Position: For the spring semester, PAWS is looking for a student worker to support the STP location (every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 12:30-3:30) at the Student Services Center. Opportunities for more hours exist starting in the fall.

Duties: Set up PAWS room and building signs prior to assigned location/time. Take down PAWS room and building signs after each assigned PAWS event. Check in students and staff as they arrive at PAWS, give them information about the animals and the program, help them navigate around the area. Assist the program coordinator and volunteers. Turn in check-in sheets to the marketing department at Boynton throughout the semester. Monitor supplies. Other duties as assigned.

Contact: Tanya Bailey, PAWS Program Coordinator at tanya@umn.edu for more information.

POSTED 2/6/17

Assistant Herdsman (Animal Care Professional)
Dairy Teaching and Research Unit
Department of Animal Science
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Required Qualifications:

  • BS degree in animal or dairy science (or related field) and two years of dairy cattle experience, OR a combination of academic and dairy cattle experience totaling six years.
  • Operating knowledge of Microsoft software and basic computer skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience coordinating animals for university research trials.
  • Experience in dairy herd health and reproductive programs.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Dairy equipment maintenance experience.


  • 30% Assist in coordinating research trials. Communicate with principal investigators and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to ensure standard operating procedures for cow health and welfare are maintained.
  • 30% Assign, schedule and supervise personnel (Farm Animal Attendants and student employees) to conduct routine management (feeding, breeding, grooming, cleaning facilities) of the dairy herd operation.
  • 20% Oversee herd health programs (vaccination, hoof health and reproductive programs) and maintaining electronic herd health records.
  • 15% Maintenance of the dairy operation's equipment including milking equipment, farm machinery, and dairy barn equipment.
  • 5% Additional duties include stockmanship of the U of MN beef barn located on the St. Paul campus and interaction with visitors to the dairy farm including; undergraduate students, tour groups, dairy industry representatives and research sponsors.

Apply Online:

Search and apply for current openings; search for job opening 310735.

You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

POSTED 12/21/16

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