Agriculture Technician - EVSRC Plant Breeding Unit (Shorter, AL)

Auburn University   Shorter, AL   Full-time     Education
Posted on January 22, 2024
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Agriculture Technician - EVSRC Plant Breeding Unit (Shorter, AL)

Job Summary

This position is located in Shorter, AL

E. V. Smith Research Center located in Shorter, AL is seeking candidates for an Agriculture Tech position to perform basic level farm and technical research tasks for the Plant Breeding Unit.

Located on Interstate 85 between Auburn and Montgomery, E.V. Smith Research Center is the most visible agricultural facility in Alabama. The only facility named for a former AAES director—Edwin V. Smith who served at Auburn from 1929 to 1972—it is also the largest and most comprehensive with research units in beef cattle, horticulture, plant breeding, field crops and biosystems engineering.

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Essential Functions

Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Operating and maintaining farm machinery and equipment in support of agricultural research.
  • Pesticide application; assisting in soil preparation, planting, laying out research plots. harvesting fruit, nut, and vegetable crops.
  • May assist in collecting, recording and/or reporting various observations.
  • Measurements or other information for research projects; and performing other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Some light construction and vehicle/equipment maintenance will also be expected when needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
Level I:
 Requires a High school diploma or equivalent. No experience required.

Level II: Requires a High school diploma or equivalent and 1 year of relevant experience.

Level III: Requires a High school diploma or equivalent and 4 years of relevant experience.

Level III: Requires a High school diploma or equivalent and 6 years of relevant experience.

Substitutions allowed for Experience:
When a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per year of required experience.

Certification or Licensure Requirements:
Possession of a valid drivers license, ability to obtain a pesticide license may be required in specific positions and some positions may require a Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL).

Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

Minimum Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of farm equipment and safety.
  • Ability to count and use measuring equipment accurately.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.

Minimum License and Certifications

A valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to selection is required.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience operating tractors and other farm equipment.
  • Alabama restricted use pesticide license.

Posting Detail Information

Salary Range

$31,200 - $40,100

Job Category

Agricultural/Veterinary Medicine

List any hazardous conditions or physical demands required by this position

The position requires frequent standing and walking, occasional lifting up to 50 pounds.

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