Field Research Technician

WSU Extension   Pullman, WA   Full-time     Research
Posted on February 6, 2024
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Position Details:

The WSU Extension Cereal Variety Testing Program is looking for a highly motived individual to serve in the lead technical role to help manage cereal variety trials and other applied agronomic trials throughout Eastern Washington. The program operates out of Pullman, WA and works closely with other programs within WSU, USDA-ARS, and other land-grant universities in the inland PNW to generate additional agronomic ratings for varieties. The program produces data on wheat and barley variety performance that is highly utilized by dryland growers and the seed industry.

A brief overview of responsibilities include the establishment, maintenance, and harvest of crop research plots applying techniques and methods outlined by the supervising scientist. This individual will supervise and train support personnel in data collection and will operate and maintain a range of equipment used for field research.

Required Qualifications:

BS degree in a related scientific field and three years of related research experience. Additional experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. An MS degree in a related scientific field may be substituted for up to one year of the required work experience.

Experience in crop science and field plot research trials.
Demonstrated ability to coordinate and facilitate work activities in a timely and efficient manner.
Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and navigate Microsoft office software.
Must possess, or be able to obtain within in six months of hire, a Public Operator’s Pesticide License.
Must possess, or be able to obtain at time of hire, a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

MS degree in related field.
Five years of experience working in field trials.
Can effectively communicate both orally and written.
Ability to use statistical analyses software.
Demonstrated agronomic skill with cereal crops.

Monthly Salary:

$3,750.85 - $5,397.56 | Salary rate will be based on applicable experience and qualifications. This position is Overtime Eligible.

WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.

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Close Date: February 20, 2024


Application submission:

Required Documents:

1) Resume
2) Cover Letter