Ag Research Technician III #S_230178

University of Nebraska Lincoln   North Platte, NE   Full-time     Farming / Fishing / Forestry
Posted on March 5, 2023
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Ag Research Technician III (North Platte, NE)

Department West Central Research, Extension and Education Center-0944

Requisition Number S_230178

Posting Open Date 02/14/2023

Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date) 03/31/2023

Open Until Filled Yes

Description of Work
Provide skilled technical assistance to the West Central Research, Extension and Education Center's Irrigation Management research group. Duties include helping in research plot design and implementing experiments during planting, fertilizer application, in-season plant data collection, and harvesting. Other duties include sensor installations, maintenance, and related data collection and analysis while maintaining research project integrity, by identifying and correcting current or potential data anomalies and causes. Furthermore, experience in operating irrigation systems including sub-surface drip and linear sprinkler systems as well as their maintenance with ability to identify and troubleshoot failures/faults and fixing them. Also, ability work in a team and to train summer workers and maintain research farm equipment (tractors, planters, sprayer, etc.). Assist with coordinating and conducting on-farm presentations for area producers. Other duties as assigned. Irregular hours required seasonally and all research protocols have to be followed accordingly.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The university fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Agronomy, Agricultural Engineering, Mechanized Systems Management or related field plus one year of agricultural or related crop production experience. Related experience may substitute for education on a year for year basis. Experience with spreadsheet and word-processing software. Working knowledge of crop production, research protocols, and various irrigation systems, designs, and options. Ability to operate and maintain farm machinery and irrigation equipment. Plan and carry out maintenance/improvements of data sensors and loggers, irrigation machinery, and research plots. Data collection, basic analysis, and report writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience working with mechanized system management and various irrigation systems: center pivot, lateral-move, sub-surface drip, surface, etc.

Pre-Placement Driving Record Review Required Yes

Physical Required Yes

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) required. Subject to DOT approved pre-employment & random testing for alcohol and controlled substances. No

Criminal History Background Check Required Yes

Posted Salary $20.00/hour minimum

Job Category (old) Office/Service
Job Type Full-Time
Alternate Work Schedule (if other than 8-5) Evenings and weekends may be required seasonally
Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding? No

Supplemental Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

* Describe your experience with and knowledge of irrigation practices.
(Open Ended Question)

* Describe the irrigations systems which you've operated, repaired and/or maintenance; include experience with irrigation systems design and installation.
(Open Ended Question)

* Please describe your skills in data collection and organization and your ability to operate numerous mainstream computer programs.
(Open Ended Question)

* Please describe your knowledge of regular farm management operations (i.e. planting, cultivating, spraying, operating combine/tractor/equipment).
(Open Ended Question)