CITY OF OVERLAND PARK - POSITION DESCRIPTION
JOB SUMMARY STATEMENT: Supervises the animal care of the Farmstead operations. Performs routine animal care, including feeding, cleaning, animal waste disposal, health, and welfare. Assists with the maintenance of facilities. Provides educational materials and assistance to the public. Drives City vehicles and large machinery. Provides support to all areas of the farmstead.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assists with coordination and supervision of seasonal employees. Assigns work as outlined by Farmstead Superintendent, answers questions or assists with problems.
Supervises and performs animal care such as worming, trimming hooves, beaks and talons, and giving vaccinations and other injections as needed. Observes animals to detect illnesses and injuries. Consults with veterinarian to determine type of medication or treatment needed.
Plans and reviews feeding schedules and amounts for all animals. Monitors animal feed supplies. Checks feed supplies; orders supplies when necessary; picks up, load and unload feed; stores feed properly to prevent spoilage and waste; prepares feed for distribution.
Assists in planning new animal displays and procurement of new animals.
Assists in repair and new construction, and landscaping projects. Performs basic carpentry, plumbing, concrete and electrical work. Paints buildings and signs. Operates hand and power tools and large motorized equipment as required.
Prepares bid information as directed. Reviews incoming bids and recommends qualified bidder per purchasing and budget guidelines. Prepares and processes purchase orders. Administers contracts for services related to Farmstead Operations.
Performs general maintenance and repair of equipment. Checks fluid levels, repairs and replaces parts as required. Cleans and maintains equipment per equipment manual instructions.
Ensures a safe environment for animals, visitors, and the general public. Assists in cleaning of work areas and Farmstead facilities.
Assures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations relating to Farmstead operations, such as material data safety sheets, hazard communication programs, and permit acquisitions. Obtains continuing education through professional organizations by attending necessary training sessions and seminars.
Provides general information to public through informal and formal speaking engagements and training sessions.
Coordinates with other sectional and divisional personnel regarding equipment and personnel needs.
Performs general office duties such as answering phones, assisting general public and organizing files.
The employee must work the days and hours necessary to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks. Must be available (especially during regular business hours or shifts) to communicate with subordinates, supervisors, customers, vendors and any other persons or organization with which interaction is required to accomplish work and employer goals.
The employee must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including, but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines; beginning and ending assignments on time; and scheduled work breaks, where applicable.
The above duties and responsibilities include those tasks, physical and mental requirements, visual requirements, unique physical surroundings and mental/cognitive requirements listed in the Position Description Questionnaire and Task Analysis Worksheet.
EDUCATION & SPECIAL LICENSE(S)/CERTIFICATIONS:
A Bachelor's Degree in animal husbandry, zoology or a related field. .
Possession of an appropriate valid driver's license. Must maintain an insurable driving record.
Two to three years of increasingly responsible experience in care and maintenance of farm and domestic animals and farm-related facilities, or an equivalent level of experience.
Experience in operation of tractor, loaders, backhoes, and dump trucks preferred.
Effective public relations skills and the ability to work with children.
One to two years Supervisory experience
Good oral and written communication skills
Attention to detail
Basic math and accounting skills
Good PC skills, including ability to use spreadsheets, word processing, presentation, database, and publishing software applications.
Project management skills
Time management skills
Ability to read and comprehend City, state, and federal regulations
Ability to prioritize work
Ability to meet deadlines
Ability to recognize and protect confidential information
Ability to train and guide others
Ability to work on several projects at once
Ability to read and understand technical manuals concerning animal care, equipment repair and maintenance and plant care
Ability to perform basic math and apply basic accounting principles
Knowledge of basic construction techniques
Ability to read and understand building plans and specifications
Ability to work independently
Ability to learn and understand PC software applications.
Alpha and numeric recognition
Knowledge of animal care and grooming
Ability to work in hectic environment with many interruptions
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to loud noises
Exposure to heights
Exposure to vibrations
Ability to work in confined spaces
Ability to distinguish smells
Ability to identify and distinguish colors
Ability to operate various hand and power tools, such as router, drill circular saw, shovel, rake, hoe, hand mower, weed eater, rototiller, chain saw, power pruner, and leaf blower
Ability to operate City vehicles and large equipment, such as truck, front-end loader, skid loader riding mower, tree spade, and backhoe
Ability to speak to individuals or groups for an extended period of time
Ability to restrain animals ranging in size from rabbits and eagles to buffaloes
Ability to administer animal vaccinations and perform routine care of animals
Visual acuity to identify animal variations and abnormal conditions
Exposure to chemical, fumes, dust, smoke, sprays, fogs, and mists
Ability to operate various office equipment such as typewriter, adding machine, copier, personal computer.
SEE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS ATTACHED FOR ADDITIONAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY (Direct & Indirect):
The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.