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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

FARMER 4

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FARMER 4
565L
Category: Agricultural Operations

Definition

This is the senior, specialist, or leadworker level of the series. Leads assigned crew and performs a variety of assignments assisting in the management of a game farm or operating creamery equipment.  Regularly assigns, instructs, and checks the work of others.  May supervise and train lower laborers, farm workers, and part-time helpers

Typical Work

Directs farming operations in absence of supervisor; 

Leads assistants and performs activities in the feeding, breeding, management, and general care of animals including research and teaching functions; 

Supervises staff subordinate game farm personnel in breeding, egg taking, hatching, raising, and caring for pheasants and other game birds; 

Supervises work crews typically involved in construction, maintenance, and repair of game farm buildings and equipment; 

Detects, diagnoses, and treats common poultry diseases; debeaks and brails birds; selects brood stock; 

Receives, weighs, tests, and dumps milk delivered to a creamery; 

Operates pasteurizers, homogenizers, bottling machines, churns, and bottle washers; 

Assists in the manufacture of ice cream, cheese, chocolate milk, and other dairy products; 

May supervise lower level staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years’ experience in game farm operations or one year of experience in a creamery or dairy processing work. Some positions require the ability to obtain a food handler’s permit and appropriate state licenses.

Class Specification History

New class consolidates 4573 Creamery Operator I, 92240 Game Farm Assistant Superintendent; effective January 1, 2006.

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