Research Tech - Vegetable Entomology, Tifton

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Posting Details

Posting NumberS03363PWorking TitleResearch Tech - Vegetable Entomology, TiftonDepartmentCAES EntomologyAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

In 2018, The UGA Tifton Campus began a yearlong Centennial celebration with various events to commemorate its 100th anniversary of providing updated research to the community.

Research is done on a wide range of commodities, including cotton, peanuts, vegetables and turf grass, all of which make agriculture the No. 1 industry in Georgia.

In 2004, a teaching program was initiated and it has been growing ever since. College-level instruction on campus is aimed at undergraduate and graduate-degree level study.

College/Unit/Department website TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRSEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information

40 hours per week with schedule to be determined by supervisor.

Advertised SalaryCommensurate with education, experience & training.Posting Date06/14/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date07/01/2019Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is located in Tifton, GA, which is approximately 200 miles southwest of Athens, Georgia, 200 miles south of Atlanta, GA and approximately 70 miles north of the Florida line.

Location of VacancyTifton Area EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Information

Classification TitleAgriculture/Forestry Technical/Paraprofessional/ProfessionalPay GradeFLSAJob FamilyResearch And LabFTE1.00Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred QualificationsPosition Summary

This is a technical support position involved in the design, management, and implementation of field plots for the Extension Vegetable Entomologist based on the UGA Tifton Campus. The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be supervision of field research efforts in vegetable insect management. This includes operating, transporting, and maintaining farm and research equipment, supervision of experiments both on-farm and on-station, applying experimental treatments, recording data, keeping crop management records and supervision of support staff. The successful candidate will have to learn to identify all stages of common insects found on vegetables. Troubleshooting crop management problems and decision-making are expected. Support for additional research projects conducted by the Vegetable Team is expected.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Knowledge of vegetable farming practices and equipment use and operation is essential. Must be able to effectively communicate with supervisors and employees. The position will supervise part-time employees and student workers.

Physical Demands

Work outside in varied weather conditions.

Is driving required to perform essential duties outlined in this position? (This does not include infrequent trips) The successful candidate would have to provide proof that s/he has a valid driver's license when offered employment.Does this position have financial responsibilities?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoCredit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Supervision of experiments, both on-station and on-farm. This will include preparation of field plots (roto-tilling, fertilizing, herbicide application, laying plastic and drip tape, etc.), planting/transplanting, irrigation, weed control, disease control, maintenance sprays, harvest and destruction of the crop when finished. Will aid in application of experimental treatments. Will supervise support staff in conducting these duties.

Percentage of time55 Duties/Responsibilities


Operating, transporting and maintaining farm and research equipment. Will be responsible for maintenance of tractors, trucks, sprays, and other equipment used in research and travel. Minor maintenance will be done by the technician. Major maintenance will be contracted under the supervision of the technician.

Percentage of time25 Duties/Responsibilities


Sample experimental plots, record data, keep crop maintenance records. The technician will participate in and supervise student works in collection of field data including insect counts, damage ratings, yield, and other data as specified. Technician shall keep records of all activities (planting, pesticide applications, harvest, etc.) for field trials.

Percentage of time20Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you possess a valid driver's license?
    • No Response
    • No
    • Yes
Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Resume/CV
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter




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Posted: 6/15/2019
Application Due: 8/14/2019
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