Job Posting

Student Assistant – Swine Research

Animal Science

Position Information


The Student Assistant will perform daily animal husbandry duties involving feeding, cleaning and health monitoring of research swine for the National Swine Resource and Research Center. Duties also include but not limited to heat checking, breeding and sample collections as needed, power washing, sanitizing equipment and other housekeeping chores as required.
There will be times that duties will also include assisting in the hand rearing of newborn piglets. These responsibilities include some overnight shifts, weekends and a few day shifts to train newborn pigs to drink from a tray of milk and the daily observations necessary to maintain healthy animals through weaning. Previous swine experience is not required.

Another possible job duty could be combined with the animal husbandry position or kept separate is driving to Milan, MO to the abbatoir to pick up samples 1 - 2 times a week. The vehicle is provided and responsibility would be Tuesdays, possibly Mondays driving from Columbia to Milan, MO leaving at 8am and returning to Columbia, MO around 1pm.

Required Skills

This positions requires that applicants be able to lift 50lb feed sacks. Applicants must also be able to work two weekends a month. Work will be in facilities both on and off campus, a vehicle may be required.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates should be reliable, work well with others and have an interest in animal husbandry.

Faculty Mentor or Sponsor

Other Comments

If you are interested please email Melissa Samuel ( with name, year in school, major and if you have any large animal experience.

We encourage students to include a resume or transcript when e-mailing a faculty mentor to apply for a posted position.