This position is located at the Quality Milk Production Services laboratory in Warsaw, New York.
The mission of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) is to improve the health of food and fiber producing animals, companion animals, sport and recreational animals, exotic animals, and wildlife. These activities protect and improve public health, promote environmental stewardship, and foster economic growth.
Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS) serves the dairy industry of New York State by promoting the production of high quality milk through the control and prevention of mastitis, and the avoidance of antibiotic residues in milk through field and laboratory diagnostic evaluations and recommendations.
The Program/Extension Aide thrives in an outcome-driven environment with clear deadlines. They enjoy working on both routine and non-routine tasks, are detail oriented, and have the ability to identify and troubleshoot problems using standard operating procedures. They are extremely reliable, flexible in dealing with unpredictable workloads, and work well under pressure in a team-based environment. The Program/Extension Aide has the ability to effectively work independently, and has an interest in learning about dairy herd management.
Independently perform microbiological and immunological tests on submitted specimens according to SOPs; successfully utilize state of the art microbiological technology to identify microorganisms.
Interpret and enter results into LIMS according to established timeframe; independently evaluate the need for additional testing based on results.
Train laboratory staff, students, and visitors on the use of equipment and laboratory technique when requested.
Maintain and troubleshoot equipment used in the laboratory.
Participate in cross training across the program; assist with courier routes, research projects, field work, and all other tasks requested by laboratory management.
Provide administrative support, which includes accessioning submissions, answering office telephone, case coordinating, receiving visitors, scheduling appointments, and handling inquiries.
Assist with maintaining inventory, order and receive supplies and materials for the laboratory. Prepare and mail supplies to clients.
Participate in proficiency testing program.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Employees of the AHDC must adhere to the Quality Assurance system, confidentiality statement, standard operating procedures, and organizational policies.
Employees are expected to meet all of the Cornell University Staff Skills for Success, which are essential for individual and organizational success.
Employees working in the lab must receive the pre-exposure rabies prophylaxis vaccination series prior to or immediately after hire, which will be paid for by the department.
Employees may be required to work outside of normal business hours, including occasional holidays, evenings, and weekends.
This position requires extensive travel; the Program/Extension Aide must be able to travel, occasionally overnight, to other locations, including regional laboratories (Cobleskill, Ithaca, and Canton) and neighboring states, for work-related activities, including meetings, trainings, and/or to provide service to our clients.
Equipment technician certification is required within one year of the date of initial appointment.
Formal training beyond a high school diploma of one to two years, or an associate's degree in a science related field.
One to two years of experience, or equivalent combination of experience and education.
Proficiency with a variety of computer programs; comfortable with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database management, and on-farm dairy management software systems.
Strong background /knowledge of dairy farm management and operation.
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, ability to complete paperwork and seek information as needed.
Must be comfortable working around large animals; ability to observe cattle facilities, safely obtain milk samples from dairy cattle, and identify abnormal milk in a barn setting.
Ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines.
Ability to handle sensitive, confidential information with tact and discretion.
Works well both individually and within a team environment.
Ability to push, pull, lift, or carry up to 20 pounds.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
Bachelor's degree in microbiology or biological sciences.
Certification as an Animal Health Technician.
Knowledge of modern dairy farm management, the dairy industry, and/or veterinary medicine.
Experience working in microbiology, with the ability to identify organisms.
Familiarity with applied research and quality assurance programs.
Visa sponsorship and relocation assistance are not available for this position.
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