PRINCIPAL AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIAN

Updated: about 13 hours ago
Location: Davis, CALIFORNIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Jul 2017

Requisition Number:
03019555  
Recruitment Open To:
UCD/UCDHS Employees and General Public  
Final Filing Date
07-28-2017  
Closing Date:
 
Position:
PRINCIPAL AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIAN  
Payroll Title
PRINCIPAL AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIAN  
Number of Positions:
1  
Salary:
$21.15 - $29.61/HR  
Appointment Type:
Career  
Appointment Description:
100% FTE, Fixed  
Overtime Eligible:
(FLSA)

Non-Exempt  
Union/HEERA Representation:

This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit  
Department:
DEPARTMENT OF PLANT SCIENCES - 030003  
Department Description:
 
Location:
Davis  
Allow Applicants to Attach:
Resume
Cover Letter
 
Position Details
 
Job Summary:
Under general direction of the Agriculture Supervisor, responsible for the day-to-day functions of the Plant Sciences Field Facilities (1050 acres). Ensure work assignments and priorities of the field facility are completed in an effective manner while meeting deadlines. Understand various types of farm equipment and farming systems to successfully maintain teaching, research and mandated protocol. Maintain and repair department vehicles, tractors and equipment. Apply pesticides and maintain pesticide application equipment as requested. Maintain buildings, grounds and fields assigned to the operation including irrigation systems, land assignments and storage areas. Record daily activities including equipment hours and tracking information in computer database.  
Physical Demands:
Work in confined and elevated areas.
Ability to crawl, bend, stoop and climb ladders.
Ability to lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 lbs.
Work in extremely hot/cold outdoor temperatures along with dusty and unpleasant conditions.
Perform tasks that require use of personal protective equipment, such as safety glasses, ear protection, protective clothing, gloves, respirators, etc.
 
Work Environment:
Position requires a California Qualified Applicators Certificate (QAC) and a Forklift Safety Certificate, or the ability to obtain one within 6 months of employment.
Valid Class C California driver's license.
Participate in DMV pull notice system.
Subject to Medical Surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy.
Must participate in medical monitoring programs, including cholinesterase testing, preventative medical programs (medical surveillance), and physical examinations as required by mandated programs.
Receive and follow proper training from department safety officer in Injury Illness Protection program, Workers Protection Standards, pesticide safety training and biohazard training.
Perform tasks that require use of personal protective equipment, such as safety glasses, ear protection, respirators, protective clothing, gloves, etc.
Work in extremely hot/cold outdoor temperatures along with dusty and unpleasant conditions.
Work occasional overtime to monitor project deadlines and be available to respond to emergency needs, resolve problems or apply pesticides outside normal working hours.
Ability to observe UC Davis policy as a tobacco free campus, which includes all university buildings, fields, greenhouse, equipment and vehicles.
UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.
 
Background Check Required:
This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

Yes  
Qualifications
 
Minimum Qualifications:
Must have a minimum of 5 years' experience in production and/or research agriculture.
Current experience in row crop farming including all cultural practices along with knowledge to successfully grow crops as request by experiment protocol.
Experience to understand the difference between production agriculture and research agriculture.
Experience to operate agricultural equipment ranging from small walk behind power units to large tracklayers or wheel tractors, disc, harrows, landplanes, ridgers, brush rakes and flail choppers.
Experience setting up equipment to ensure it will perform to its optimum capability including tillage equipment, listers, incorporators, cultivators and harvest equipment.
Skills working with and operating harvesting equipment including combines, tomato harvesters, beet diggers, swathers, balers, etc.
Skills to perform maintenance on farm equipment, including minor and major overhauls.
Skill to proficiently operate basic shop equipment including welders, cutting torch, drill press wheel grinder, hand grinder, pressure washer, steam cleaner, etc.
Skill to fabricate specialized parts and equipment for tractors, vehicles and implements.
Knowledge of product compounds and the interaction with weed/crop, insect/crop inputs, and the relation to beneficial insects and the environment.
Knowledge of pesticide application equipment to troubleshoot and maintain equipment to ensure an ideal application environment.
Knowledge of current herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and there label requirements and restrictions.
Knowledge of weed control methods for fence lines, seedling, transplanting, thinning and hand weeding of various crops and plants.
Skill to calibrate all types of pesticide application equipment, including broadcast spreaders, boom applicators and strip sprayers to ensure a proper and accurate application.
 
Preferred Qualifications:
Computer skills using Windows/MS Office to maintain accurate records
Experience with research experimental design to retrieve qualitative/quantitative data on research/teaching projects.
Interpersonal skills to interact with a diverse culture of faculty, staff and students.
 
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