Agricultural Assistant II

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Nov 23, 2021
Full Time - Continuing

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Agricultural Assistant II

Job Description:

Primary responsibility is performing field research operations including applying fertilizer & pesticides associated with turfgrass, ornamental, and greenhouse research. Responsible for keeping pesticide and fertilizer inventory with products associated with turf, ornamental, and greenhouse crops. Responsible for daily monitoring and scouting of pests. Responsible for entering data and maintaining application records and daily weather logs.

Secondary responsibility is performing year-round maintenance field operations involving turfgrass, ornamentals, and greenhouse areas including, but not limited to mowing, maintaining irrigation systems, maintaining equipment, field preparation, planting, and harvesting of crops. Drives state vehicles including tractors and utility vehicles in the performance of job duties.

Responsible for monitoring greenhouse complex multiple times throughout the day. Duties include inspection of controllers and other equipment, collection of environmental data, fertilizer and pesticide applications, and general upkeep of facility.

Responsible for assisting research coordinator or faculty with data collection and recording harvest information on turf, ornamental, and greenhouse research projects. The incumbent is also responsible for making recommendations to research coordinators on improved production needs and methods. Performs other duties related to research as required and assigned by Research Coordinators and/or Farm Manager.

Assist with all other programs (Heavy Equipment, FEPP, Event Days, Safety and Training, etc.) managed by unit as needed. Performs other duties related to research crop production as required and assigned by research coordinators. Helps in catastrophic events around the state with emergency response for IFAS.

Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Job requires, standing, kneeling, bending, climbing, stooping and walking.

Expected Salary:

Up to $16.88 Hour

Minimum Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent and two years of relevant experience. Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Skilled knowledge of the management and cultural practices concerning turfgrass, ornamentals, and greenhouse operations.
Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field as applicable to this position.
Knowledge and ability to obtain and maintain a State of Florida Public Pesticide License with Turf and Ornamental, and Soil and Greenhouse Fumigation endorsements.
Knowledge and ability to obtain and maintain a Florida Class A CDL driver’s license.
Knowledge of pesticide and fertilizer handling, mixing, and application equipment and the ability to calibrate application equipment.
Knowledge and ability to read data and maintain records.
Knowledge and ability to perform arithmetical calculations.
Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
Ability to pay attention to details.
Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with others.
Ability be an effective communicator using both written and verbal methods.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Valid Florida driver’s license. Florida Forklift certification. State of Florida Public Pesticide License with Turf and Ornamental, Soil and Greenhouse Fumigation endorsements and Florida Green Industries BMP certification. All licenses and certification must be obtained within 6 months of hire.

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

Successful Candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations.

Working conditions can be noisy, hot and dusty at times. 90% of duties are performed in research field and shop areas. Some travel may be required. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Job requires, standing, kneeling, bending, climbing, stooping and walking

Health Assessment Required:Yes