Agriculture Research Specialist

Lexington, KY
Aug 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Forest Health Research and Education Center (FHC) at the University of Kentucky, in partnership with the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF), is seeking a tree improvement technician to assist with building a hardwood tree improvement program. This person will assist with the implementation plans developed by KDF and FHC researchers to identify and develop necessary breeding program infrastructure (e.g., field, nursery and greenhouse space, germplasm resources, and needed partnerships) with a focus on white oak (Quercus alba), but may also include additional high-value hardwood species. The successful candidate will work with the KDF and similar organizations to survey available white oak germplasm and establish plantings for use in tree breeding and genetic analysis across the region. The position will require field work for phenotypic evaluations and plant material collections, and computer work including interfacing with database management systems and personnel.

Job Title
Agriculture Research Specialist

Requisition Number

Working Title
Hardwood Tree Improvement Specialist

Department Name

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Grade Level

Salary Range

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education


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Required Related Experience

2 yrs

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Some lifting/pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs.; working at a computer for extended periods fo time; some walking/hiking.


Monday-Friday, 8am - 5pm (40 hours/week)


Tree breeding, tree genetics, and/or tree nursery .

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Master's Degree and Driver's license preferred.

Deadline to Apply

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Applicant Documents

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  1. Resume
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