OPS - Weed Science Assistant

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Aug 19, 2021
Part Time - Fixed Term

Job Description:

Classification Title:

OPS - Weed Science Assistant

Job Description:

The Weed Science Assistant will report to the Weed Scientist (Dr. Pratap Devkota) with day-to-day supervision by the Weed Science Program Technician. Activities include implementing and maintaining research plots conducted for weed management in row crop (e.g., cotton, peanut, corn, wheat, soybean, carinata, etc.) and pasture/hay (bahiagrass, bermudagrass etc.) production.

The major activities include assisting research project with general crop production and management practices (tillage, planting, spraying, harvesting etc.), maintenance of farm and laboratory equipment, execution of weed science research protocols (mixing and spraying herbicide treatments), data collection and entry, and recordkeeping of research activities (maintaining databases related to research projects).

The incumbent will also provide assistance necessary for research, extension, and demonstration activities; and graduate students projects. The work assignment is approximately 50% field-based and 50% laboratory- based.

Expected Salary:

$11.00 - $13.00 per hour

Minimum Requirements:

The incumbent will receive on-the-job, hands-on training relate to weed science topics as needed.

Minimum requirements for the position:

  • A can-do attitude and a hands-on approach to the problems
  • Ability to follow instructions, ask questions, and work well in the team
  • Detail oriented, well organized, excellent record keeping in timely manner
  • Interest in crop production, especially weed management research topics
  • Ability to work in all weather, particularly heat, dry, wet conditions
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel etc.)
Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in agricultural crop production or research environment

Experience in operating farm equipment

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Students who qualify for Federal Work Study programs are encouraged to apply. Students seeking FWS jobs should print/screenshot a copy of their Financial Aid Award Page, which contains the Federal Work Study award as proof of FWS eligibility. To locate your Financial Aid Award Page, go to https://one.uf.edu/financialaid/aidyear.

The incumbent must obtain a public pesticide applicators license within 90 days from hire date. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to employment.

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

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

Health Assessment Required:No