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Agricultural Specialist I - Plant Science Technician #00826

Petersburg, VA Full-time
Posted on November 26, 2019

Agricultural Specialist I - Plant Science Technician
Position Number: 00826
Agricultural Research Station (Agency 234)
Hiring Range: 16,472 – 46,778 
Pay Band: 1
Closing: Open until filled

Duties and Responsibilities: This position will assist in plant science field and greenhouse research while carrying out the mission of Agricultural Research. The incumbent will assist in field plot preparation, field and greenhouse, planting, management and harvesting and data collection; equipment operation and maintenance and pesticide application, operate tractors, combines and other farm equipment; prepare seeds for planting and threshing crops, label bags and plots, clean threshed seeds; assist in weed and other pest control; clean and maintain farm equipment; assist in the maintenance of the facilities such as greenhouse, storage places, laboratories and other structures; and assist in training and supervising hourly employees and students.

Required Qualifications: Graduation from high school or equivalent and/or a combination of training and experience is required; knowledge and skills in operating farm tractors and small plot combines; knowledge and skill in plant care, such as fertilization, pest control and irrigation; experience and/or ability to learn the skills needed to operate various field research equipment such as pesticide sprayers, planters, cultivators, tillers and harvesters is required. Must have ability to follow written and oral instructions. A valid Virginia driver's license is required.

The selected candidate will be subject to an extensive and complete criminal history background check, which may include fingerprinting. The candidate may be required to complete a Statement of Personal Economic Interest as a condition of employment, if applicable.

Virginia State University is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.