Irrigation and Water Resources Research Technician

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Kimberly, WISCONSIN
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Mar 2017

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Group Title Senior Research Technician
Position Title Irrigation and Water Resources Research Technician
Location Kimberly
Division/College Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Department Branch Stations-Kimberly
FLSA Status Overtime Eligible
Employee Category Classified
Pay Range $15.55 - $19.18
Type of Appointment Fiscal Year


Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Funding This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.

Position Responsibilities

Internal Posting?
Position Summary

This position, located in southern Idaho, is available on a continuing basis (contingent upon funding) to establish, operate and maintain field and/or laboratory experiments and to oversee field sampling and/or data collection from monitoring locations in the field associated with irrigation water management and water resources. This position requires the ability to work independently with minimal guidance, and work with a flexible schedule and/or occasional overtime with reasonable notice.


Job Duty Function Oversee water related research experiments
Job Duties/Responsibilities

• Traveling to research and/or monitoring sites;
• Preparing for and laying out field and laboratory experiments;
• Working independently or overseeing:
o data collection from research experiments which may include collecting soil, water, and plant samples;
o Measuring/weighing/processing soil, water or plant samples;
o Laboratory processing/analysis of select parameters;
o Using various computer hardware and software for data download from field data loggers and verification of data collected;
o Ensuring the proper installation and modifications of field irrigation equipment as necessary for experiment protocol;
o Ensuring correct water application by observing and overseeing the repair of irrigation water control and distribution systems.

Job Duty Function Provides support to the program
Job Duties/Responsibilities

• Maintaining research plots and monitoring stations which may include flagging, staking, irrigating, and other relevant duties to irrigation water management and water resources;
• Conducting literature searches;
• Preparing posters, publications and handouts;
• Developing instructional video materials for face-to-face and on-line instructional purposes;
• Providing other technical and administrative duties as requested by the project leader or support scientists.

Job Duty Function Performing general field/laboratory duties
Job Duties/Responsibilities

• Accurately and neatly recording information from experiments and laboratory analyses, which may include accurately entering data into computers or retrieving data from remote data loggers;
• Ensuring the proper cleaning and preparation of sampling and laboratory equipment
• Washing and preparing samples, and general cleaning and upkeep of research areas

Job Duty Function Contribute to team effort
Job Duties/Responsibilities

• Working as a team member;
• Effectively working with others;
• Performing other duties as assigned within the scope of this position.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Due to job requirements, successful candidates must be at least 18 years of age when job starts.
Possess a valid driver’s license and ability to drive a UI vehicle (pass driving record check and defensive driving course).
Possess good written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate with supervisors, co-workers and third parties.
Willingness and ability to: work with and without direct supervision; ability to get to field work sites with some overnight travel a possibility; work flexible and/or overtime schedule when the workload dictates; follow good safety practices.
Knowledge or experience in one or more of the following disciplines: biology, agriculture, engineering, irrigation, chemistry, or physical sciences; basic personal computer software programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel.
Employment may be contingent upon satisfactory results of a driving record investigation.

Preferred Qualifications

Willingness to: work on research projects that may be aimed at irrigation water management and water resources.
Experience in: scientific principles and conducting field or laboratory experiments; keeping accurate records; working on a farm including operating tractors and other farm equipment; Demonstrated ability to: work in a cooperative manner and be an integral team member; operate, maintain, calibrate, troubleshoot, and resolve basic problems with instruments and farm equipment; follow good safety practices.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

Physical ability to: constantly position body and limbs to perform functions of this position in the field and/or laboratory under inclement weather conditions next to flowing water bodies and canyon edges; lift and/or otherwise move field and/or laboratory items weighing up to 50 lbs; work on ladders to install or modify irrigation or other monitoring equipment. Willingness and ability to: work with corrosive chemicals and energized irrigation equipment following strict safety rules.

Posting Information

Posting Number SP001320P
Posting Date 03/09/2017
Closing Date 03/28/2017
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is located in southern Idaho.

Please respond to the Supplemental Questions using specific examples. Your responses will be used to determine your qualifications for this position. You should reference work history and/or education listed in your application where appropriate.

The individual hired for this position will be eligible for a full range of benefits. These benefits include access to: medical, dental and vision insurance; life and disability insurance; flexible spending accounts; membership in the PERSI retirement system; eligibility for vacation leave, sick leave and holiday pay; and eligibility for educational privileges (reduced tuition fees) for self and/or spouse and qualified dependents.

Background Check Statement

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

EEO Statement

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. EOE AA/M/F/D/V

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