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Laborer II

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Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 09
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: South Campus Animal Farms Canr 40001114
Sub Area: 1585- Service Maint.
Salary: 19.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Agriculture, Labor/Service/Maintenance, Power Plant Engineers, Skilled Trades, Service Maintenance- 1585, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Position Summary

  • Performs daily operations of the South Campus Anaerobic Digester Facility following established procedures to operate mechanical equipment associated with the anaerobic digester.
  • Performs daily operations of the South Campus Composting Facility to create a value-added manure export.
  • Performs preventative maintenance on all equipment associated with both facilities (dismantling, cleaning, and reassembly of parts).
  • Assist with the coordination and scheduling of imported feedstocks and exported finished products.
  • Assist with repairs and system improvements at the facilities.
  • Assist with compiling, organizing and evaluating data to provide reports and operational status.
  • Monitor supply inventory for both facilities.
  • Clean and organize facility and equipment.
  • Oversee and instruct students as necessary.
  • Work with researchers and graduate students to implement projects to ensure coordination and compatibility with digester daily operations.
  • Provide occasional tours and overview of general plant operational activities.
  • Operate a payloader to move and load facility feedstocks and finished compost.
  • Operate a truck with a snow plow.
  • This position requires weekends, holidays, standby time, and overtime.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work Environment

  • Work is performed indoors and outdoors, subject to all weather conditions, in hot/cold, dusty and noisy areas.
  • Work involves regular contact with livestock manure, food waste, and restaurant grease.
  • Work includes viewing gauges and instruments, which involves visual acuity and color perception.
  • Work involves bending, climbing, twisting, and regular lifting of 75 lbs.
  • Work may involve wearing Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) during emergency conditions.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

  • One year of agricultural work experience required.  
  • Possession of a valid Michigan vehicle operator license(s) is necessary.
  • Frequent lifting of over 75 pounds is required.
  • Familiarity and ability to use common hand tools.
  • Possession or attainment of an MSU forklift operator's permit prior to the completion of the applicable probation or trial period.
  • Must drive University vehicle to perform job duties of this classification.

Desired Qualifications

  • Three years of agricultural work desired

Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position:

  • Familiarity and ability to use common hand tools
  • Basic knowledge of the skilled trades
  • Experience maintaining industrial equipment
  • Basic knowledge of animal agriculture
  • Knowledge of basic personal computer terminology and operations, the ability to use e-mail and the Internet, the ability to utilize and create electronic spreadsheets for data collection, and development of a basic operational understanding of the anaerobic digester.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Please enclose a resume and cover letter with your application.

Work Hours

Begin as Monday-Friday 7 am - 3:30 pm, but will morph into a combination of Thursday-Monday 7 am - 3:30 pm

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Summary of Physical Demands

  • Lifting and carrying of up to 80 lbs
  • Physically intensive job

Summary of Health Risks

  • Drive a university vehicle that requires medical certification
  • Wear a respirator
  • Work in a noisy environment

Bidding eligibility ends on 3/14/2023 at 11:55 PM

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