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Beet Technician

Jun 17

Written by: SuperUser Account
6/17/2015 10:43 AM 

This is an off-date position funded for one year with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal. Salary Range: $40,851 Pay Grade Level: 11 Position Summary: This position provides technical support for beet research. Responsibilities include: assisting with carrying out field, greenhouse, and laboratory analyses and field management as required; field work which includes assisting in the management of crops, primarily sugar beet, preparing planting plans and organizing seed for trials, collection of field data on stand, participation in inoculations of disease nurseries, and assisting in disease ratings and quality sampling and assessment; assisting in collection and assembly of annual research report; assisting in website and presentation management; assisting in greenhouse material preparation during the winter months. Location: The position will be primarily located at the Michigan State University Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center near Frankenmuth, MI. Minimum requirements: Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in crop science, plant pathology, ecology, horticulture, agronomy, soil science, biology, natural resources or a related field; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansible work experience in a laboratory or field program carrying out plant genetics, plant pathology, and/or agronomic research; experience with statistical analysis; experience with database; or an equivalent combination of experience and/or training. Ability to operate basic farm equipment, such as tractors. Commercial Pesticide Application Certification or the ability to acquire within the first 3 months. Desired Qualifications: Knowledge and training in agronomic practices for the area including safe application of farm chemicals; effective communication and organizational skills; Commercial Pesticide license or the ability to acquire within the first year. Michigan Commercial Driver's License or the ability to acquire within the first year. Application: Qualified individuals may submit applications at https://jobs.msu.edu/, posting number 1476 no later than July 1, 2015. Application materials must include: cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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