Department/unit within Division: CALS
This position is available on a continuing basis (contingent upon funding) to assist in the establishment and maintenance of field, laboratory, and/or greenhouse experiments and assist with data collection from experiments. May require the ability to work flexible schedules and/or occasional overtime.
RESPONSIBILITIES: (% of Time, Essential/Marginal)
Contributes to program by: (70%, E)
Helping establish research experiments, which may include the following: labeling, flagging, and staking; maintaining research plots and greenhouse experiments to enable accurate treatment application and data collection; assisting with planting, hoeing, raking, mowing, irrigating, and other duties relevant to plant or crop production.
Performing general laboratory duties by: ( 20%,M)
Transferring nematode cultures, preparation of culture media, and/or washing dishes; accurately and neatly recording information from experiments, which may include accurately entering data into computers or retrieving data from remote data loggers.
Contribute to team effort by: (10%, M)
Working as a team member; having the ability to work with others and follow instructions.
**Due to job requirement, applicants must be at least 18 years of age.**
Must possess: valid driver’s license and ability to drive a UI vehicle (pass driving record check and defensive driving course); good written and oral English communication skills.
Willingness and ability to: work with and without direct supervision; listen carefully and follow instructions accurately; be prompt and organized; drive to field work sites with some overnight travel a possibility; work flexible and/or overtime schedule when the workload dictates; occasionally work with toxic, volatile, corrosive chemicals and/or carcinogenic substances following strict safety rules.
Physical ability to: constantly position oneself to perform functions of this position in the field, laboratory and/or greenhouse; move continuously throughout the shift in the fields, laboratory and/or greenhouse; work effectively with plant and soil materials that may contain pollen, dust or other irritants; lift and carry/move field, laboratory and/or greenhouse items weighing up to 40 lbs; work in outdoor weather conditions.
**Employment may be contingent upon satisfactory results of a criminal background and/or driving record investigation.**
Education: B.S. or High School Diploma with 4 years’ experience.
Experience in: scientific principles and conducting laboratory experiments; working on a farm including operating farm equipment; and working in a greenhouse.
Knowledge of: basic scientific and hypothesis-testing principles; standard crop production methodology; one or more of the following disciplines: biology, botany, entomology, plant pathology, weed science, chemistry, or physical sciences; basic PC computer software programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel.
Demonstrated ability to: perform a variety of specialized tasks and techniques specific to the needs of the position; work in a cooperative manner and be an integral team member; keep accurate records; perform tasks with diligence and accuracy; operate, maintain, calibrate, troubleshoot, and resolve basic problems with instruments and farm equipment; follow good safety practices.