Reporting to the property overseer and manager, the position of station hand performs the day-to-day tasks required to maintain the property, from animal husbandry and feeding, pasture maintenance; water conservation and conveyancing and infrastructure and plant maintenance.
Station hands are employed under the Pastoral Award 2010 and range from a Farm and Livestock level 1 (FLH1), for an entry level position, to a level 5 for a senior station hand, capable of working independently at a high quality.
The McBride Group supports and encourages staff to utilise working dogs on the job. Well trained and cared for dogs simplify many stock handling tasks required.
Tasks for a station hand vary from property to property, but include the following:
- Handle and work with livestock in a calm and efficient manner
- Demonstrate competent general animal husbandry skills, monitor animal health and report any concerns
- Assist in the general activities associated with shearing, crutching and lamb marking operations
- Prepare and maintain all stock husbandry equipment
- Feeding livestock
- Muster and move livestock
- Clean and perform (minor) service of water troughs
- Identify weeds and remove, or inform management of their location
- Carry out visual checks on bores, troughs, pipelines, fences etc and perform minor repairs
- Carry out basic repair and general maintenance of plant and equipment
- Perform daily routine checks, adjustments and maintenance of station vehicles
- Manage and maintain all fences for the control of livestock
- Construct fence lines
- Repair cattle and sheep yards
- Transport, handle and store chemicals applicable to primary work area
- Perform basic motorcycle tasks (hold or prepare to hold motorcycle license)
- Be prepared to take on relevant external training
- Undertake other duties as directed