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Animal Handler, Mobile Dairy Classroom Experience

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Job Title: Animal Handler, Mobile Dairy Classroom Experience
Location: Fraser Valley, BC, Western Canada, Canada
Company: BC Dairy Association
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Animal Production - Dairy
Career Type: Education/Training
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: 3
Salary: Competitive
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Location: Seeking candidates in the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley area

Travel: This position requires travel to schools and events across BC

Level: Entry-level

Type of position: Casual/part-time


The Mobile Dairy Classroom Experience (MDCE) is a fun and interactive educational experience for all ages. It is a trailer that has been modified to fit a milking unit, with room to transport two cows and one calf to events and schools across BC. The program delivers live milking demonstrations to a range of audiences.


During the demonstrations, a presenter describes the process of producing milk, speaks about the dairy industry, and allows the audience to engage in discussion and questions, while a facilitator demonstrates the milking process.


 This experience is designed to mitigate the urban-rural divide, clear misconceptions, and give the audience an authentic depiction of the dairy industry.


Position Summary:


Reporting to the Communications Manager, the MDCE Animal Handler will be responsible for the care and handling of cows for the MDCE program. During presentations, while the Presenter outlines the milking process, the Animal Handler or Facilitator will demonstrate the milking procedure and ensure that the cow(s) are comfortable, using best management practices for cattle care.


The Animal Handler will carry out some physical labour, such as setting up and taking down the MDCE display. In addition, the Animal Handler’s knowledge may be drawn upon when answering public inquiries during presentations. The Animal Handler must be able to work independently and as part of a team and possess effective communication skills. The Animal Handler plays a critical role in the success of the MDCE through educating the general public about the dairy industry.


Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Take care of cow(s) during events
  • Providing feed, and water
  • Cleaning pens and washing cows
  • Ensuring cows are comfortable i.e. monitor temperature, location
  • Set up trailer at presentation site and pack trailer after event/presentations
  • Ensure that all equipment and materials are organized and clean, prior to, and
  • after each event
  • Keep daily logs and records at fairs to confirm and track health of cows
  • Answer questions & public inquiries and engage with school children during
  • presentations
  • Arrive on time, in uniform, to presentation site; if earlier than the Facilitator, seek
  • out contact person for the presentation and figure out where the trailer will park,
  • where extension cords can be plugged in, and other important information
  • Skills & Experience:
  • Extensive experience handling cows (and/or other large animals)
  • Knowledge of the BC dairy industry and willingness to learn
  • Available to travel, especially during the summer season
  • Available to work weekends as required


BC Dairy Association Overview:


BC Dairy Association is a not-for-profit organization funded by the dairy farmers of British Columbia. Our core competencies include marketing, nutrition education, communications and producer relations.




Interested candidates can apply by clicking on APPLY TO THIS POSITION at the bottom of this job posting  by June 30, 2019 for consideration. Candidates should insert the desired position in the subject line.


BCDA thanks all applicants for their interest, however only selected candidates will be contacted.

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Job Post Date: 05/24/19
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