Agricultural Field Technician

UW-Madison Dept of Soil Science

Dr. Matt Ruark’s Nutrient Cycling and Agroecosystems laboratory (UW Dept of Soil Science) is seeking entry-level student hourly field technicians for our summer season, and Temporary Employees for field season from April/May through December. This agricultural research emphasizes cover cropping in row crops and soil fertility management in vegetable systems. Duties for this position include collection, preparation and analysis of plant and soil samples, specifically soil and plant biomass sampling and grinding, soil extraction (basic laboratory procedure), and organizational/archive work. The desired applicants will be punctual for early mornings, self-motivated, and willing to work both independently and with others. Most of all--you're pleasant!

For students, this is a full-time position starting ~May 15, with possibility of starting in April if the candidate has any full days available (i.e. no class or other obligations on that day). There is also potential to continue in the Fall semester as a part-time lab tech. Pay is $11.50/hour for student hourlies

Recent graduates and students graduating in May are encouraged to apply; position would be as a Temporary Employee (TE). Pay starts at $12.85/hour for TEs, and season extends until December.

Applications are due by March 26th; interviews will be rolling (Apply early--Good candidates will be hired ASAP).

JOB SUMMARY:
Assist faculty and academic staff with environmental sample collection, processing, analysis, and archiving.
--Field work including establishment of plots and treatments, collection of plant & soil samples (60%)
--Preparation of plant and soil samples for analysis (20%)
--Soil and plant analysis following established procedures (10%)
--Organize and archive research samples and data (10%)


SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
--Must be able to pass UW driving requirements and must be comfortable and willing to drive a large pick-up truck (previous experience not required)
--Must be able to work outdoors in weather extremes (please consider any allergies to grass or ragweed pollen!)
--Must be able to work in a dusty environment
--Must be able to arrive on campus very early in the morning and have some flexibility in your work schedule for long days
--Must be able to lift 50lbs repeatedly and stand/stay on feet 8 hours at a time

HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit application to Jaimie West via email (jrwest@wisc.edu). Complete applications include:
1. Resume outlining school and any work experience
2. One paragraph describing your skills as related to field and lab work
3. One paragraph describing your academic, work, and life goals.
4. Transcript of college coursework (unofficial transcripts are ok)
5. Screen shot/PDF of your class schedule, ONLY IF you’d like to work starting in April

Deadline: Sunday, March 26, 2017

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