First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers

Description

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.

Tasks

  • Observe animals for signs of illness, injury, or unusual behavior; notifying veterinarians or managers as warranted.
  • Monitor animal care, maintenance, or breeding; or packing and transfer activities to ensure work is done correctly.
  • Train workers in animal care procedures, maintenance duties, and safety precautions.
  • Treat animal illnesses or injuries, following experience or instructions of veterinarians.
  • Assign tasks such as feeding and treatment of animals, and cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters.
  • Perform the same animal care duties as subordinates.
  • Prepare reports concerning facility activities, employees' time records, and animal treatment.
  • Confer with managers to determine production requirements, conditions of equipment and supplies, and work schedules.
  • Study feed, weight, health, genetic, or milk production records in order to determine feed formulas and rations and breeding schedules.
  • Direct and assist workers in maintenance and repair of facilities.
  • Inspect buildings, fences, fields or ranges, supplies, and equipment in order to determine work to be performed.
  • Establish work schedules and procedures.
  • Transport or arrange for transport of animals, equipment, food, animal feed, and other supplies to and from worksites.
  • Plan budgets and arrange for purchase of animals, feed, or supplies.
  • Operate euthanasia equipment to destroy animals.
  • Recruit, hire, and pay workers.
  • Inseminate livestock artificially to produce desired offspring.
  • Investigate complaints of animal neglect or cruelty, and follow up on complaints appearing to require prosecution.
  • Monitor eggs and adjust incubator thermometers and gauges to facilitate hatching progress and to maintain specified conditions.

Skills

Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Leadership
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Social Orientation
Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.

Work Values

Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Animal Care Supervisor
Animal Caretaker Supervisor
Animal Maintenance Supervisor
Animal Shelter Manager
Artificial Breeding Ranch Supervisor
Barn Boss
Barn Manager
Beef Cattle Operations Manager
Breeder Complex Manager
Camp Boss
Camp Tender
Cattle Manager
Corral Boss
Dairy Farm Operations Manager
Dairy Farm Supervisor
Dairy Manager
Farm Manager
Farm Supervisor
Farrowing Manager
Feed Manager
Game Farm Supervisor
Game Preserve Manager
Gamekeeper
Hatchery Manager
Head Animal Keeper
Herdsman
Horse Farm Manager
Kennel Manager
Kennel Supervisor
Laboratory Animal Facility Supervisor
Livestock Yard Supervisor
Menagerie Superintendent
Parlor Manager
Poultry Farm Supervisor
Poultry Hatchery Supervisor
Ramrod
Ranch Manager
Ranch Supervisor
Research Dairy Farm Supervisor
Research Kennel Supervisor
Sheep Operations Manager
Sow Farm Manager
Stock Ranch Supervisor
Swine Farm Manager
Top Screw
Turkey Breeder Farm Manager
Wool Shearing Supervisor

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$20.99 hourly, $43,660 annual.
Employment (2008):
19,340 employees