Research Technician-Crop & Soil (Tifton)-Bryant

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Research Technician-Crop & Soil (Tifton)-Bryant


CAES Crop and Soil Sciences

About 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.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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

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Commensurate with education, experience and training

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

This is a grant funded position and although continued funding is anticipated, it is not guaranteed.

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 Vacancy:

Tifton 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. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Agriculture/Forestry Technical/Paraprofessional/Professional





Minimum 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 Qualifications:

Prefer a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, Soils, Plant Pathology or other related agriculture field plus two years’ experience in small plot research; however, will consider a combination of education, experience and training.

If individual has a Bachelor’s, it is preferred that the candidate be willing to attend graduate school in pursuit of a Master’s degree or Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

Valid driver’s license; prefer a commercial driver’s license or the ability to obtain one.

Position Summary:

This is a new research technician position to assist with field research procedures in both small-plot and on-farm research and extension trials in the UGA grains agronomy program. The role will assist with plot layout and maintenance for corn, soybean, grain sorghum, and small grains trials. Specific duties may include but are not limited to planting, fertilizing, spraying, and harvesting research trials. Additional duties may include but are not limited to in-season data collection and consolidation, limited data analysis, and writing research reports. The position will switch to grant funding prior to March 2021. While the continuation of funding and employment is anticipated after grant funding, it is not

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

- Motivated individual able to take initiative in the absence of direction with the ability to manage student workers and work well as a team member.
- Excellent attention to detail with good organizational skills and the ability to maintain accurate records.
- Experience operating farm machinery to include, but not limited to, tractors, combines, sprayers, and planters.
- Demonstrated critical thinking skills while carrying out instructions.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Willingness to learn statistical and research based programs such as SAS and ARM.

Physical Demands:

- Lift 50 lbs.
- Work outdoors in varying weather conditions (hot, cold, etc.)
-Lift, bend, squat, climb

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Credit 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.


Planning, designing, and implementing field research trials.

Supervision of undergraduate student workers.

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Collecting field data to include, but not limited to, plant height, emergence, plant injury ratings, and yield components.

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Spraying, weeding, and other aspects of plot maintenance necessary for maintaining research trials to field day quality.

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Day to day maintenance of program equipment including tractors, combine, sprayers, planters, and fertilizer applicators.

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Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

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Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 2/18/2021
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