Agricultural Specialist - Southeast Research and Education Center

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Posting NumberS03996PWorking TitleAgricultural Specialist - Southeast Research and Education CenterDepartmentCAES Southeast GA Rsch & Ed CtrAbout 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

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

Work schedule to be decided by Superintendent.

Advertised SalaryCommensurate with ExperiencePosting Date09/17/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date10/06/2019Special Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyOther Middle Georgia 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 FamilyFTE1.00Minimum 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 position, under supervision of the Superintendent, assists in field crop production and in the establishment and maintenance of field research experiments pertaining to a wide range of agronomic and horticultural crops. Duties related to field research and crop production include soil sampling, various tillage operations, planting, pruning, fertilizing, scouting for pests, spraying, irrigating, and harvesting. This position is also involved with the repair and maintenance of the physical plant, including fencing, grounds keeping, landscaping, equipment and building maintenance.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

-Knowledge of crop plant pests, such as weeds, insects and diseases
-Awareness of plant and soil science research methods and procedures, soil fertility and testing, proper pesticide safety and usage and current crop management technology
-Familiarity with farm equipment and materials
-Ability to maintain effective working relations with research scientists, technicians, and grad students

Physical Demands

Employee will work in varying outside environments and weather conditions including extreme heat, humidity, and cold. Operate heavy, high vibration power tools for extended periods. Lift 100 lbs multiple times in performance of duties.

Is driving a responsibility of this position?Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)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.



Machinery operation: Operate tillage, spraying, and harvesting equipment in a research farm setting. Equipment to include but not limited to tractors, sprayers, harvesters, mowers, dozers, and backhoe

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Grounds/Landscape Maintenance: Operate large rotary mowers, lawn mowers, power saws, and chipping equipment to keep grounds presentable for public.

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Equipment and Facilities Maintenance: Perform minor mechanical, electrical, welding, and other repairs to equipment, barns, and irrigation equipment as well as routine janitorial upkeep

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Research Efforts: Assist in the layout and establishment of study areas according to prescribed protocols. Assist with study maintenance including mowing and alley upkeep, fertilizing and irrigating. Assist with taking data in research plots. Assist in sampling and preparing soil, water, and plant samples for testing and analysis.

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Public Outreach: Assist with hosting various groups and educational opportunities at Center.

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Pesticide Application: Safely and efficiently apply pesticides and adhere to all safety guidelines.

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  1. * Do you possess a valid driver's license?
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Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
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    1. Resume/CV
    2. Cover Letter




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    Posted: 9/18/2019
    Application Due: 11/17/2019
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