The UF Dairy Research Unit is looking for enthusiastic, motivated students who are hoping to gain experience working with dairy calves. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about dairy calf handling, feeding, and health management.
The following are requirements for volunteers:
- Working towards your BS in Animal Science
- Maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Up-to-date tetanus shot
- Physically capable of hands-on farm work
- A valid driver’s license and access to transportation to the farm
In addition to these requirements, volunteers will need to have the time management skills and schedule flexibility to commit to at least TWO shifts/week at the dairy research unit.
- Shifts are available from 6:00 – 8:00 am, and 2:00 – 4:00 pm, 7 days a week.
- During these shifts, you will be responsible for assisting farm staff with feeding calves, cleaning feeding equipment, and other calf management jobs as necessary.
The Dairy Research Unit is located at 13515 NW CR-237 Hague, Florida. This is about 25 minutes from downtown Gainesville, and you will need to be able to get yourself to and from the farm in time for the start of your volunteer shift.
Please note that previous experience with large animals is preferred, but is not required. If you are a hard-working and attentive student, this could be your chance to gain some large animal experience! You will be trained and supervised by experienced calf management staff.
If you are interested, please email Dr. Miller-Cushon (firstname.lastname@example.org), briefly describing your interest and stating what days and shifts you would be available. Please attach a resume. You may be invited to meet to discuss this opportunity with Dr. Miller-Cushon, and selected students will then be directed to farm staff for their training and scheduling.