University of Guelph seeks Research Technician

Research Technician 

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Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation District 35- Technician/Administrative/Research/Agricultural

Nitrogen Fertility and Cover Crop Research Management Program

Ridgetown Campus, Ontario Agricultural College

Hiring #: 2017-0108

Please read the Application Instructions before applying

The Research Technician is responsible for providing technical expertise for all facets of the Nitrogen Fertility and Cover Crop Management program at the Ridgetown Campus. The program focuses on cropping systems research on vegetables (transplanted and direct sown such as tomatoes, peas, squash) and low acreage crops (seed corn, sugarbeets) with an emphasis on cover crops, nitrogen dynamics and soil health. The position is fully responsible for effective development and execution of approx. 6 to 10 crop research projects including planning, organizing, implementation, delivery and quality control of research (approx. 1,600 field small plots annually) from land preparation to crop planting and harvest. The quality of the data collected is critical and depends on representative crop production practices and yields as well as representative sample collection because quality data leads to the creditability of the results being published and recommendations to growers. The incumbent is also responsible for ensuring proper calibration and use of agricultural research equipment (planters, sprayers and combine data logging equipment); maintaining and improving agricultural field equipment and research land; operating and maintaining laboratory equipment; liaising with farmer co-operators; data collection and some analysis; and providing teaching support in the off-season months. Lastly, the position is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising 1 to 5 seasonal research assistants/students and training graduate students.

Requirements for the position include: a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Soil Science, or related area and two years of previous relevant experience or the equivalent education and experience. The position requires practical in-field experience, and agricultural field research experience; a clear understanding of the principles, practices and procedures that are required to achieve precision and accuracy in agricultural research data; strong knowledge of both scientific experimentation and the use of specialized research equipment. Additional requirements are: strong oral and written communication skills; ability to execute complex instructions without direct supervision; the ability to effectively lead and be part of a team; superior organizational and time management skills; and strong computer skills including proficiency in word processing, spread sheets and statistical analysis programs. The position requires: a valid drivers’ license with preference for an AZ license; Grower Pesticide Safety Certificate; Ontario Ministry of Environmental Pesticide Applicator’s License; and Emergency First Aid and CPR.

Position Number         462-032
Classification                 OSSTF/TARA, District 35 Salary Band 6*
Salary Range                  $26.00 Minimum (Level 1)
$29.05 Normal Hiring Limit (Level 3)
$35.17 Job Rate (Level 7)

*Tentative evaluation; subject to committee review

Posting Date: 2017 05 29
Closing Date: 2017 06 09

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