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Farm Leadership Program Jones County

Company: Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Location: Kinston
Posted on: June 8, 2021

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The Farm Leadership Program offers both on-the-job training and a formal education based in a classroom setting. During your education, you will focus on many specialties which will include:

  • Swine Production
  • Animal Science
  • Animal Health Management
  • Animal Reproduction
  • Farm Maintenance

During the program, you are a full-time, paid employee who will complete a development program with the support of our coaching technicians and supervisors. Upon successful completion of the Farm Leadership Program you will receive:

  • Journeyman's Certificate (from the US and NC Departments of Labor) Associate in Swine Management (AAS) degree.
  • No college debt - Smithfield Foods pays for your education
  • Course credits that are transferable towards a bachelor's degree and in many cases entering as a Junior

Core Responsibilities

  • Learn, understand, and implement all policies and procedures that relate to Bio-security.
  • Abide by all company policies, procedures and guidelines as directed by farm leadership.
  • Flexibility with a willingness to change plans according to the direction of farm leadership.
  • Work as a team player by accomplishing daily department work requirements and farm goals.
  • Assist in moving animals and maintaining efficient animal flows.
  • Sanitize and wash multiple areas on the farm using high pressure equipment.
  • Feed, water, vaccinate, and perform general animal husbandry tasks including basic veterinary procedures.
  • Maintain accurate production information and update all department records as required.
  • Treat sick animals with a variety of pharmaceuticals by injection, oral application, and/or other methods as required.
  • Follow the Standard Operation Procedures, Production Manuals, or Appropriate Training Guides as required.
  • Assist with facility and equipment maintenance.
  • Assist with maintaining barn, office cleanliness, and laundry duties.
  • Follow the Company's animal welfare policies and procedures including: providing a physical environment that meets the animal's needs, providing access to adequate water and high quality feed, providing humane treatment of the animals, providing identification and appropriate treatment of animals in need of health care.
  • Responsible for being in compliance with all environmental laws and procedures.
  • Report all environmental issues immediately to their supervisor.
  • Read and understand the company's emergency notification process and how it applies to their specific worksite
  • Responsible for understanding all safety requirements of the job and for performing the job in compliance with the safety requirements.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED), required.
  • Willingness to develop skill set and product knowledge through classroom, hands-on, and virtual training. Ability to follow instructions and deal with standardized situations.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Good planning and priority setting skills.
  • Able to lead problem solving and troubleshooting efforts associated with high-level process issues. Desire and attitude to excel.
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The farm environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud certain times of the day
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

Careers and Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield's benefits, visit

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 40,000 U.S. and 15,000 European employees are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly." and have made us one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including many industry firsts, such as our ambitious commitment to cut our carbon impact by 25 percent by 2025. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield, Eckrich and Nathan's Famous, among many others. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status or status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.

Keywords: Smithfield Foods, Inc., Greenville , Farm Leadership Program Jones County, Other , Kinston, North Carolina

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