TDA – Livestock Facility Technician (57449) ( 00028051 )


Primary Location : Texas-Brownsville

Work Locations : BROWNSVILLE EXPORT PEN 701 S Vermillion Ave Brownsville 78521

Job : Farming, Fishing, and Forestry

Employee Status : Regular

Schedule : Full-time

Standard Hours Per Week : 40.00

Travel : Yes, 50 % of the Time

State Job Code : 9043

Salary Admin Plan : A

Grade : 12

Salary (Pay Basis) : 3,082.00 – 3,082.00 (Monthly)

Number of Openings : 1

Overtime Status : Non-exempt

Job Posting : Nov 9, 2022, 8:03:26 AM

Closing Date: Nov 29, 2022, 11:59:00 PM



State Classification: Maintenance Specialist III – 9043

Posting Number: 23-57449-1


Apply online via CAPPS. Applicants applying in WIT must complete the supplemental questions to be considered for the position. To complete the supplemental questions, go to CAPPS Recruit: https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en.


The Texas Department of Agriculture’s Trade and Business Development division is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality and quality of life in rural Texas through its community and economic development programs. Division staff work with small rural hospitals, rural communities, Texas businesses, and various organizations and associations throughout the state. TDA livestock export facilities are holding inspection sites for livestock leaving the country. Once the livestock is inspected and all import requirements are met, they are loaded for transport into Mexico or to destinations all over the world by air and sea from Houston, Texas.


The Livestock Facility Technician will perform complex maintenance and landscaping duties onsite at a Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) livestock export facility in Brownsville to contribute to the thorough, safe and timely inspection of livestock for export from Texas to international buyers, in strict accordance with regulations prescribed by the State of Texas and international export requirements. You will work under general supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


Work closely with the Livestock Facility team and management in planning maintenance improvements to meet the needs of the livestock brokers and shippers who use the livestock export facility.

Assist in unloading, feeding and watering, inspections and loading of livestock coming into and out of the livestock export facility. Clean and disinfect the livestock pens when livestock leave the facility.

Complete various maintenance duties at the facility, including welding, plumbing, mowing lawns, painting stock panels, repairs and other metal works, maintaining equipment and cleaning the office.

Enter data into the livestock export pen database for the assigned facility and submit transmittals timely to the Austin (HQ) office.

Follow all TDA policies, procedures and safety guidelines, including animal care requirements, remain aware of proper first aid procedures and ethics requirements.

Perform other duties as assigned.



Graduation from a high school or the equivalent.

Work experience handling livestock.

Experience operating livestock-handling equipment including tractors, front-end loaders, hydraulic loading ramps, high-pressure spray equipment, welding machine and cutting torch.


Ability to speak, read and write in both English and Spanish.


Knowledge of animal care requirements and proper first aid procedures; regulations prescribed by the state of Texas and international export requirements state laws and TDA policies and procedures.

Skill in welding and plumbing; providing customer service excellence to both internal and external customers; and skill in the use of a computer and applicable software.

Ability to plan, organize and work independently, as well as within a team environment; interpret the regulations related to the assigned programs and ensure that regulations are followed; work effectively under pressure and meet strict deadlines while maintaining extreme attention to detail and exercise sound judgment and discretion.


This position involves working irregular hours, including occasional weekends; working outdoors and exposure to extreme temperatures; remaining stationary for long periods of time and being mobile on rough concrete; pulling and pushing; kneeling, stooping and bending; safely climbing; safely lifting items up to 65 pounds; and handling livestock. Involves safely operating lawn maintenance equipment, tractors, front-end loaders, welding equipment and safely operating a state vehicle for official business; and travel, occasionally overnight. May involve travel (up to 40%* of the work period), occasionally overnight.


The State of Texas offers a variety of benefits for you and your family that are comprehensive and, on average, make up about one-third of total compensation. Benefits include:

  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Group Health & Basic Life Insurance for employees

  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation Leave

  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Longevity Pay

  • Dental
  • Vision

  • Dependent Optional Life Insurance
  • Voluntary AD&D Insurance

  • Dependent Health & Life Insurance
  • Health & Dependent care flexible spending accounts

QUALIFIED EMPLOYER: In addition, the Texas Department of Agriculture is considered a qualified employer for the Department of Education’s Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

Only candidates selected for a skills exercise/interview will be contacted. A skills exercise may be conducted for interview purposes.

Due to the high volume of applications, we do not accept telephone calls. If you submitted your application through the CAPPS Career Center, you may also check the status of your application by accessing your profile and selecting My Jobpage and selecting My Submissions.

  • A valid government-issued driver’s license, which is recognized by the Texas Department of Public Safety and in good standing, and an acceptable driving record are required. TDA will verify this information with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Applicants with a driver’s license not issued by the State of Texas should obtain and be prepared to provide a copy of their current driving record on or before their first day

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO): The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran’s status, or protected activity (retaliation). TDA provides accommodations for persons with disabilities in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act. If you need help with the employment process or require other accommodations, please contact the Human Resources office for assistance at (512) 463-7454.

TDA participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

Veterans and Former Foster Child Employment Preference: TDA complies with the provisions of the veterans and former foster child employment preference acts. Please contact our Human Resources-Veterans Liaison at (512) 463-7454 for assistance.

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