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LABORATORY TECHNICIAN III – Weed Sciences with University of Florida in Jay, Florida

Type of position full time staff position
Employer University of Florida
Location Jay, Florida
Description of Location This position will be based at West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC), IFAS/University of Florida, at the Jay Research Center, Jay, FL.
Salary 16.18/hourly, DOE
Closing date of competition 01/12/2020
Date position available 12/22/2019
Description of duties
  • Weed Management Research Program:  Responsible for coordination and implementation of research activities for the establishment and maintenance of field, greenhouse, and laboratory weed science research experiments both on and off the West Florida Research and Education Center.  Will conduct research to determine best methods of planting, spraying, weed suppression, pest management, and cultivation of crops to maximize crop yield, focusing on adaptation to specific soils or climates.  Main crops include but are not limited to row crops such as cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans; forage pasture crops; and emerging crops.  The activities include, but are not limited to site selection, land preparation, research plot layout, study initiation, treatment application, plot maintenance, scouting for pests, proper maintenance pesticide applications to ensure successful research plots, hiring assistance and supervision of OPS personnel.  Employee is responsible for developing research/trial protocols, execute the trial protocol, data collection and analysis, summarizing results, compiling results in complex database records, and reporting results to the principal investigators.  Incumbent will also serve as liaison between growers, industry representatives, cooperators, and UF/IFAS principal investigators.   Expected to represent the WFREC in a professional manner when in contact with the public.
  • Development and continuation of relations with external collaborators:  Responsible for visiting periodically external field locations to identify potential experimental sites for conducting field experiments and to secure support from external collaborators and stakeholders.  Interact with external collaborators to identify research needs and opportunities for extension activities.
  • Training of technical staff and graduate students (Weed Science program and other research groups) about agricultural and scientific equipment use:  Responsible for training and supervising technical staff and graduate students about proper and safe use of pesticides, and agricultural and scientific equipment that is owned by the Weed Science program but is continuously lent to other research groups.  Provide supervision on execution of graduate student research projects.
  • Collect, Record, and Summarize Research Data and Maintain Records:  Responsible for maintaining field activities records in timely manner, data collection and entry, and basic statistical analysis and summarizing results for the different research studies.  Data include weed control, visual and instrument measured plant density, growth, biomass, crop growth and yield data, and other data categories as needed.  Incumbent analyzes and collects data/enters data into computer/runs existing statistical programs, prepare summary tables, and research reports.
  • Maintaining supplies/equipment inventory and fabrication of new equipment and creative works:  Monitor supplies/equipment inventory, maintenance needs, and develop maintenance, replacement and upgrade schedules for agricultural and scientific equipment.  Design, construct, operate, and maintain experimental equipment and keep an adequate inventory of necessary supplies.
  • Complies with Chemical and Pesticide Safety Program:  Responsible for compliance with laboratory, greenhouse and field safety procedures, and maintenance of safe pesticide storage, use, cleaning equipment, disposal, and appropriate documentation of pesticides application.  Provide technical support to other WFREC research groups for pesticide applications.
  • Assist with planning, preparation, and information dissemination during extension activities and field days.
  • Performs other tasks as necessary under the direction of the Principal Investigator (P.I.)
  • Incumbent will supervise OPS part-and full-time grant funded positions.  Coordinates and supervises research/trial activities for the weed science research program.
  • The incumbent must be able to work in teams, show a positive and respectful attitude towards co-workers and students.  The candidate must be able to lift weight up to 60 lbs.  He/She has to be able to work under field and greenhouse conditions at temperatures up to 95 F for extended periods of time.  The individual has to be able to work for long periods of time doing plant counts, plant height measurements, and plant sample processing.
  • Must be able to interpret and analyze research results and apply that knowledge to maintain research plots at the WFREC and surrounding area.  Must work independently to conduct and analyze research experiments to determine best methods of planting, spraying, cultivating, harvesting and management of crops.  

Must have Valid Florida Driver’s License.  Driving a state vehicle is required in the performance of the job, and travels to other research sites may be required.

The incumbent must be capable of conducting all these activities independently, while maintaining a constant communication with the P.I.

Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.  Hours will generally be as noted in normal work schedule; however, there will be periods when longer work hours will be required, and out of town travel with some requiring up to few days away from home.  Total away time per year will probably not exceed 5%.

Florida Restricted Public Applicator Pesticide License and Agricultural Row Crop Category license required within 90 days from the hire date;

This position requires a criminal background check.

This position requires a post offer health assessment.

Qualifications sought

Minimum Requirements:  Associate’s degree in an appropriate area and four years of related experience; or a high school diploma or equivalent and six years of related experience. Appropriate college course work or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.   Valid Florida driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications:   A bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, Horticulture, Soil Science or other Agricultural/Biological Science field is preferable.  Experience in agricultural field work is desirable (cable of driving tillage, planting, spraying, and harvesting implements).  Candidate should possess a willingness/ability to improve technical knowledge in crop production and management science.  Computer software skills should include MS word, MS excel/spreadsheet creation and management, MS PowerPoint/graphical presentation, database creation and management, and statistical analysis.

Application procedure  
Submit what In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

This position is eligible for veteran’s preference. If you are claiming veteran’s preference, please upload a copy of your DD 214 Member Copy 4 with your application for consideration. See our Veteran’s Preference Page for more specific information.

Submit to Must apply via website: https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/513095/laboratory-technician-iii-weed-science-jay-fl

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

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