Agricultural Assistant II

 
  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Jun 22, 2022
Full Time - Continuing

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Agricultural Assistant II

Job Description:

Interact with faculty to coordinate, organize and supervise greenhouse research projects which involves allotting space, determining appropriate pre-plant treatments, specialized nutritional requirements/varieties, and any other specific details needed to accomplish the research project at the PSREU greenhouse complex. Incumbent will manage multiple greenhouse crops and be familiar with experimental design while following existing experimental protocols and predetermined research standard operating procedures. Assist with pest, pathogen and weed identification management and responsible for applying pesticides and fertilizers along with proper calculations of application rates. Prepare and apply a variety of pesticides, specialized solutions, emulsions and fertilizer mixtures to seeds, plants, plant parts and/or soils as specified under preset experimental protocols in greenhouse.

Supervise and plan work schedules for establishment, maintenance, and harvest of all research projects at the PSREU greenhouse complex. Supervise maintenance of irrigation and necessary equipment for all projects. Assist with growing/managing multiple greenhouse crops – including checking greenhouse bays for proper operation, assist with planting, fertilizing and maintenance of filters, cooling pads and irrigation. Incumbent will modify, maintain, repair and calibrate experimental and greenhouse equipment for irrigation, pesticide application, fertilizer application as well as laboratory scales and meters. Supervision includes issuing tasks to employees and assuring correct completion within project guidelines. Incumbent will aid in afterhours emergency activities including freeze protection, power outages, greenhouse, seed storage, dryer, irrigation, and security issues.

Keep informed of other on-going research at the PSREU to assist other research coordinators with turf, agronomic, vegetable, fruit and ornamental crop research projects under their control. Incumbent must utilize wide latitude of independent judgment regarding timing, location, method of application and proper procedures for research activities in various locations. Incumbent maintains close liaison with faculty members and technical support staff with respect to rules and regulations governing pesticide use and application.

Incumbent assists in planning for new programs and enhancement of existing programs and production practices. Incumbent is expected to be well-versed in the proper use of pesticides and related safety training and be familiar with email and basic computer programs (MS Office).

Order supplies and schedule deliveries. Supervises preparation of facility for field days and special events, conducts tours for dignitaries and other visitors. Employee will help maintain greenhouses and head house for research, teaching and extension purposes. Incumbent is also responsible for maintaining equipment used in research operations. Helps in catastrophic events around the state with emergency response for IFAS.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Incumbent utilizes wide latitude of independent judgment regarding timing, location, method of application and proper procedures for research activities in various locations. Must also maintain close liaison with faculty members and technical support with respect to rules and regulations governing pesticide use and application.

Expected Salary:

up to $17.35 per 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.

Must have a valid Florida driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

Skilled knowledge of the management and cultural practices concerning turfgrass, ornamentals, and greenhouse operations.
Knowledge and ability to obtain and maintain a State of Florida Public Pesticide License with Turf and Ornamental, Agriculture Row Crop, and Soil and Greenhouse Fumigation endorsements.
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.
Assisting Field Techs and Grad Students with research tests.
Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
Ability to pay attention to details.
Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships.
Ability be an effective communicator using both written and verbal methods.

Demonstrate commitment to contributing to a respectful and caring community for all, including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

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.

Florida Forklift certification.

State of Florida Public Pesticide License with Turf and Ornamental, Agricultural Row Crop, and Soil and Greenhouse Fumigation endorsements.

All licenses must be obtained within 6 months of hire.

Monday through Friday – 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, totaling 40 hours per week. Periodic overtime when required to meet emergencies and flexible hours with potential overnight stays. Employee may be called in for freeze protection or weekend/holiday greenhouse checks.

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

This position has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not reapply.

Health Assessment Required:Yes