Agricultural Research Technician

  • South Dakota State University
  • Rapid City, SD, USA
  • May 02, 2021
Full time Other

Job Description

Posting Details Logo Institution South Dakota State University Working Title Agricultural Research Technician Posting Number T00124P Department SDSU-West River Ag Center-Ext Physical Location of Position (City) Rapid City Posting Text This is a temporary position and is located near Sturgis, South Dakota. Job Responsibilities: This position will assist in plot research design and implementation, seed counting and packaging, planting and harvesting of crops, herbicide/fungicide application, and laboratory work such as soil and protein analyses. This position will also assist with livestock care which includes forage and water monitoring, livestock handling and basic health and veterinary care. Other responsibilities include facility and grounds maintenance. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Knowledge of: Farming practices; irrigation system operation; plant, soil and water sampling; machinery operation and maintenance (tractors, implements, seeders, etc.); proper livestock handling; spreadsheet and data entry; computer operation and software use. Skill & Ability to: Operate field machinery; work independently or as part of a team; accurately collect and prepare samples for analysis; learn cattle care and handling; work in various weather conditions; lift up to 75lbs; and communicate information clearly and concisely. Required License: Valid driver's license. Comments: The primary location for this position will be SDSU West River Agronomy Research Farm which is approximately 6 miles from the city of Sturgis, South Dakota. The site consists of 80+ farmable acres and a large facility with classroom, office, storage and shop spaces. SDSU is a tobacco free environment. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check. Application Procedures: SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site, to apply visit . Posting Date 02/25/2021 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes First Consideration Date 03/11/2021 Advertised Salary $14-$15/hour depending upon qualifications Duration of the Term Other If Other, describe duration March 2021 - October 2021 Appointment Percent 100 Proposed Rank Work Hours Monday - Thursday 10/hrs per day Appointment Type Temporary This position requires Valid Drivers License If other, please indicate Department Description and Cultural Expectations Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state's largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university's core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement. As the state's 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, Aberdeen and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota. SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in 2014. The university's total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state's first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Jackrabbits Athletics competes as a NCAA Division I member, with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling. Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Livability.com rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota. The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state's highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school. The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children's Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. Affirmative Action Statement South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by calling or sending an e-mail to . SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Michelle Johnson, Title IX/EEO Director, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, Box 2201, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, . Diversity Statement SDSU is committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise. Contact Information For additional information regarding this position or questions about the online application process, please contact SDSU Human Resources at .Working Conditions Please check the appropriate response that describe the cognitive requirements for this position. Analyzing, Comprehend, Frequent Change, Logic, Memory, Multiple Priorities, Perform calculations, Reasoning, Verbal Communication Please check the appropriate response for this position's use of the following protective clothing or equipment. Ear Protection (including earplugs), Eye Protection, Latex Gloves If other protection is used please identify Please designate the physical requirements of this position Bending, Stooping, Twisting, Climbing Stairs, Crawling, Crouching, Driving, Kneeling, Lifting Above Waist, Lifting Below Waist, Lifting moderate, Lifting heavy, Squatting, Walking Describe any of the conditions selected This position requires equipment operation and maintenance. Also requires carrying seed bags and walking plots.Please check the appropriate response that describe the sensory requirements for this position. Depth Perception, Distant Vision, Hearing, Near Vision Working Conditions or Exposures (or potential exposures) that this position may encounter during the course of the work day. Animal Handling, Changes of Temperature, Chemical Hazards, Exposure to Dust, Exposure to Noise, Extreme Weather Conditions (wind, rain, snow, humidity), Walking/Standing on rough or uneven surfaces (gravel, rocks, etc), Walking/Standing on wood, metal or concrete, Working Around Machinery Please describe, in more detail, any of the conditions checked above This position requires working with machinery and equipment; working with loud farm equipment; working outside on farmed ground; working with farm chemicals; handling livestockCheck the appropriate box(es) that best describes the environment in which the primary function of the position is performed. Farm or Grassland Environment If you have indicated Other Environment, if work tasks involve one or more of the above, or if further explanation is necessary, please use the space provided. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Documents Needed to Apply Required Documents Resume Cover Letter Optional Documents Reference List