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Ag Research Technician Fargo

North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University Fargo ND United States

1 month ago

Position Information

The Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University is seeking an Ag. Research Technician to assist the soybean plant breeder in the development of improved soybean varieties for North Dakota and surrounding areas. This would include assisting in organizing and conducting scientific research in soybeans. Assist in planning experiments. Included would be the... selection of appropriate procedures or methods to accomplish the tasks. Duties performed under general guidance and will require coordination with the members of other departments and their project leaders. Assist head technician with electronic data collection and entry into Agrobase system. Assist research technicians with equipment repair and weed science projects. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as the position requires coordination with the plant breeder, other members of the research project, and project members of other departments collaborating on soybeans. Position will be based in the NDSU main campus.

Advertised Salary: $42,000+/year

Minimum Qualifications:
• Earned B.S. degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, biological sciences, farm management, or mechanics.
• Computer skills (word processing and data analysis).
• Experience in mechanized agriculture and safe operation of motorized farm equipment, farm background, farm experience.
• Understanding of plot research techniques. Knowledge/ability to maintain and repair farm equipment.
• Ability to drive a pick-up truck with a gooseneck trailer. Ability to load a trailer with a tractor or combine.
• Effective English-oral and written communication skills are required.
• Ability to work independently and as a team member.
• Physically able to perform field research, kneeling, lifting 50 lb. bags.
• Training and supervision of part-time labor.
• ND driver's license and ability to obtain a Certified Pesticide Applicator License.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Earned M.S. degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, biological sciences, farm management, or mechanics.
• 5+ years experience in small plot research.
• Experience with database construction and maintenance.
Physical Demands:

Operate and transport small to large-sized tractors, combines, harvesters, and sprayers. Operate NDSU fleet trucks. Physically able to perform field research, kneeling, and lifting up to 50 lbs bags. Application of hazardous herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides and is responsible for correct rates, timely applications.

Applicant Materials Required:

Applicants must submit: 1) a cover letter discussing how the stated qualifications are met; 2) a detailed resume; 3) academic transcripts from universities attended; 4) contact information (i.e., names, phone numbers, institutional addresses, and E-mail addresses) of three current references from the most recent positions held.


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us:

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.

NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.

NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

No Smoking Notice :

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or
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