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What do Animal and Zoo caretakers do?

Animal and Zoo caretakers feed and water animals according to schedules and feeding instructions. Clean, organize, and disinfect animal quarters such as pens, stables, cages, and yards, and animal equipment such as saddles and bridles. Answer telephones and schedule appointments. Examine and observe animals in order to detect signs of illness, disease, or injury.

Respond to questions from patrons, and provide information about animals, such as behavior, habitat, breeding habits, or facility activities. Provide treatment to sick or injured animals, or contact veterinarians in order to secure treatment. Collect and record animal information such as weight, size, physical condition, treatments received, medications given, and food intake.

Perform animal grooming duties such as washing, brushing, clipping, and trimming coats, cutting nails, and cleaning ears. Exercise animals in order to maintain their physical and mental health. Order, unload, and store feed and supplies. Mix food, liquid formulas, medications, or food supplements according to instructions, prescriptions, and knowledge of animal species.

Clean and disinfect surgical equipment. Discuss with clients their pets’ grooming needs. Observe and caution children petting and feeding animals in designated areas in order to ensure the safety of humans and animals. Find homes for stray or unwanted animals. Adjust controls to regulate specified temperature and humidity of animal quarters, nurseries, or exhibit areas. Anesthetize and inoculate animals, according to instructions.

Transfer animals between enclosures in order to facilitate breeding, birthing, shipping, or rearrangement of exhibits. Install, maintain, and repair animal care facility equipment such as infrared lights, feeding devices, and cages. Train animals to perform certain tasks. Teach obedience classes. Sell pet food and supplies. Saddle and shoe animals.

What do agricultural equipment operators do?

Most of the agricultural equipment operating jobs are in rural areas. The job entails the use of farm equipment like tractors, trucks, haybines, fertilizer spreaders, balers and combines to plow and sow seeds.

Inside the farm, you might have other tasks such as operating the conveyor belts and using the cleaners and dryers to move and treat the crops after harvesting. You will usually learn how to repair the equipment that you use on the job. Picking up additional skills, in this case mechanical repair, will be quite useful if you decide this job isn’t in your future.

Farm Machinery Jobs

Operating agricultural equipment is very physical labor and requires more hands on training than an education. Some days may require hours longer than the usual Forty hour week. It is all dependent on the crop season.

Companies that have agricultural equipment operating jobs are corn farm companies, soybean farm companies, canola farm companies, cotton farm companies, hay & forage companies, and dairy farm companies. Check out local farms and ranches for equipment operator opportunities. You can do an Internet search for agriculture jobs or check your local newspaper classifieds.

Farm machinery operators jobs will require training in some kind of vocational school or the job duties are learned on the job. There is not much room for advancement but learning the operation of farm tractors might transfer skills over to warehouse fork lift operator jobs.

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