Ag Technician

Virginia Tech

Virginia ,  Virginia

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:
We are looking for wage personnel at Virginia Tech’s AHS Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center, located in Winchester, Virginia. This position is a field and lab assistant for the horticulture program. The successful candidate is expected to carryout experiments in orchard and lab settings; maintain experimental blocks in terms of planting, pruning, spraying, thinning, and harvesting; collect and record research information; and report research results to the principle investigator (s). Majority of work during the winter will be lab-based and that of the spring to summer will be field-based. Both lab and field work requires handling of equipment and chemicals.

Required Qualifications:
Ability to comprehend and execute written and verbal instructions without error; ability to accurately count and legibly record and accurately encode data; ability to work in a team environment; experience in horticultural or biological research setting.

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in science or related field, or equivalent experience; experience in a scientific lab or an orchard; demonstrated computer skills (basic word processing applications and electronic spreadsheets, email and the Internet); strong communication and interpersonal skills; have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with other team-members.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Must provide own transportation on regular basis, Must have a driver's license check, Must be able to use respirator, Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below, Must have valid driver's license
Must have a conviction check: Yes

Describe Other:
Hours dependent on inclement weather of extreme heat may cause early hour reporting for beginning of day.

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