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Field Technician

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Washington State University
Location
GENERAL CAMPUS - PROSSER
Closing date
Jul 3, 2021

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Job Details

Job location: GENERAL CAMPUS - PROSSER


Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-16
Req: R-1520

Title:

1137-NN - Information Systems Coordinator

Business Title:

Field Technician

Location:

PROSSER, IRRIGATED AGRICULTURE RESEARCH CENTER

Employee Type:

Admin. Professional

Job Family:

Administrative Professional - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

AgWeatherNet is a network of automated weather stations that provide information and decision support systems in near real-time via weather.wsu.edu. The Field Technician is responsible for the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of high quality weather station data. Position will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining weather station equipment(s); locate appropriate sites for station placement; configure and install new stations, sensors and related equipment; ensure sensors are calibrated; implement, improve, interpret data quality assurance algorithms and produce reports as needed for distribution to agricultural stakeholders.

Educate stakeholders and general public on the use and interpretation of weather data and associated decision support tools. Provide consultation and technical support for research and extension programs. The incumbent will also provide regional meteorological extension and outreach that facilitates and promotes the use of AgWeatherNet data.

Additional responsibilities may include: bi-weekly and season specific daily frost/heat stress forecasting; originating programs, recommend programming changes to address needs. Collaborate with technical and other support staff in providing expert- level knowledge to create workable solutions and system improvements.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years professional experience OR a combination of education and experience totaling seven (7) years from which comparable knowledge and abilities are acquired. Education and experience may be tailored to specific need requirements of position.

Additional Requirements:

  • Associate/Bachelor’s Degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, agricultural engineering or related scientific field.
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid driver’s license at time of hire.
  • Ability to climb a 10-m tower and be able to obtain basic tower Competent Climber certification within 3 months of hire.
  • Ability to work in extreme outdoor temperatures in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Experience in data management, interpretation and analysis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated expertise with weather network or related technologies including data loggers, sensors, computers, and wireless networks.
  • Experience communicating with the general public or agricultural stakeholders on the interpretation of weather data.
  • Experience with Quality Assurance/Quality Control processes and documenting procedures in weather or similar data acquisition and delivery.
  • Experience with operation of computer software for weather networks including the delivery of complex weather data products like frost/heat stress forecasts, pest and disease models, water balance calculations, and irrigation scheduling.

Additional Information:

Area/College: College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Sciences (CAHNRS)
Department Name: AgWeatherNet
City, State, Zip: Prosser, WA, 99350
Department Link: https://weather.wsu.edu/
Monthly Salary: $4271.00
FTE: 100%
Permanent/Temporary/Project: Permanent
Posting Close Date: Applicants must submit their completed application by June 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
Screening Begin Date: July 1, 2021
Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants are required to include contact information for three (3) professional references within the application. The cover letter, curriculum vitae and copy of degree certificates may be uploaded as attachments. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets the required qualifications and additional requirements.
Required Documents: Cover Letter | Curriculum Vitae | References | Copy of Degree Certificates

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

Organization

Working at Washington State University

Founded as the people’s university, WSU embraces its land-grant heritage, seeking to transform lives through education, research, and community engagement and service. The University has been delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to the state, region, nation, and the world for nearly 130 years. WSU enjoys productive partnerships with major industries in the state, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, technology, and construction. The colleges at WSU Health Sciences Spokane have formed robust partnerships across the state of Washington, both with large medical centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of rural and community hospitals and clinics.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Core Value

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

Representative Affinity Groups

Representative affinity groups within the Washington State University system include the following:

WSU Resources and Offices

WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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