Smithfield Foods

Livestock Handling Specialist

Job Locations
US-NC-Tar Heel
FLSA Status
1st Shift


The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.


The Livestock Handling Specialist is responsible for the oversight of the animal welfare program at the plant level. This position trains all involved with the handling of livestock. Responsible for assisting with the daily handling of livestock, managing the plant’s animal welfare committee and all daily animal welfare audits. The incumbent will also play a major role in all audit and tour groups involving animal welfare and maintaining and updating all records involving animal welfare. The Livestock Handling Specialist is also responsible to ensure the plant is meeting government regulations pertaining to livestock handling as well as internal Smithfield Foods’ policy.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.


Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:


Hands-On Assistance to the Animal Welfare Program

  • Monitors and provides hands-on assistance to all aspects of the animal welfare program.
  • Monitors trucks for proper transportation of equipment, unloading, timeliness of arrival and wait times.
  • Monitors pigs rest time, correct use of approved handling tools, proper handling procedures throughout the yard, handling procedures in extreme weather conditions and monitors for signs of sensibility.
  • Maintains positive relationship with Government officials and addresses any issues or concerns.
  • Monitors condition of facilities and assists with scheduling of maintenance as needed.
  • Assists with daily tasks involved with receiving animals and day to day tasks necessary to maintain efficiency and accuracy.


  • Trains all current and new hires that handle livestock on Smithfield’s current livestock handling, euthanization and humane handling policies.
  • Trains all Smithfield employees, producers, and transporters on the National Pork Boards – Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) program.
  • Maintains and updates all records pertaining to animal welfare.


  • Ensures that all daily plant and transportation audits are being performed by trained individuals, reviews completed audits and reports results to Smithfield’s management.


Animal Welfare Committee Meetings

  • Organizes and leads animal welfare committee meetings and actions.

 Animal Welfare Audit and Tour Groups

  • Serves as plant lead on all audit and tour groups involving animal welfare.
  • Prepares documentation needed during animal welfare audits and presents it to the auditor.


 Events and Training Sessions

  • Attends company and industry events and training sessions to further education, growth, relationships, and provide voice for company on animal welfare topics.

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 

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and 3+ years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Prior Animal Handling Instruction.
  • PAACO certified auditor.
  • Truckers Quality Assurance (TQA) Instructor Certification, preferred.
  • Working knowledge of livestock handling tools.
  • Working knowledge and experience with captive bolt gun.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word and PowerPoint).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with management, producers, USDA and others as needed.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize daily work assignments and manage time wisely.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Physical Demands

The physical demands 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.

  • Frequently required to move and/or lift 50 pounds and occasionally required to move and/or lift more than 100 pounds.
  • Specific vision includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
  • Noise level in the work environment can be loud when in the production area.


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