This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Biological Sciences Research Technician 3 position for the North Willamette Experiment Station at Oregon State University (OSU).
The individual works under the supervision of the Pesticide Registration Research Program Coordinator at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) and is responsible for conducting field research trials on all food crops at NWREC, plus additional field locations throughout Oregon.
The individual develops standard operating procedures for field trials; designs and develops plots and plot maps; applies test substances (pesticides); collects samples for laboratory analysis; collects and documents data in field data notebooks; uses computer software for recording, tabulating and storing data; and maintains field plots. Also, the individual is responsible for maintaining equipment, instruments, and facilities used in the conduct of field trials.
This position requires the individual to work with supervision to establish and conduct magnitude of residue field trials for the United States Department of Agriculture's Inter-Regional Research Program #4 (IR-4) in accordance with Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) as defined by US Environmental Protection Agency and USDA, and protocols developed by IR-4. The data generated from the field trials will lead to the development of pest management tools for farmers and ensure a safe food supply for consumers. Supervision may be required as the program grows and permanent or temporary staff is added.
A Bachelor’s degree in (specific area of biological science) and two years of experience related to the area of assignment at a Biological Science Research Technician 2 level. Three additional years of experience related to the area of assignment at the Biological Science Research Technician 2 level may be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree.
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Horticulture, Entomology, Plant Pathology, or related field. Three additional years of experience related to the area of assignment at the Biological Sciences Research Technician 2 level may be substituted for the Bachelor's degree.
Work experience or demonstrated skills in conducting field research trials and general farm operations.
Must be able to obtain an Oregon public pesticide applicator's license within 45 days of employment. Must participate in annual pesticide trainings (as required) in order to keep pesticide license current.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions (as per Voluntary and Compulsory Driver Standards OSU Standard 125-155-0200) as per OSU 576-056-0000 et seq.
Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm. Long days and/or weekend and holiday work may be needed, if experiments, weather, timing, and data collection require.
Be able to work in adverse weather conditions; lift/carry 50 lb.; carry a CO2 backpack sprayer; drive tractors and use farm implements and power tools.
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