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Agricultural Specialist III

Company:
Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Central Area, Virginia
Category:
Extension and Outreach

Job Description

This position is located off campus at the Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SPAREC) in Blackstone, Virginia. The successful candidate will generate, collect, analyze, and transfer research data; manage these efforts, plus daily field, greenhouse, and laboratory research activities and Center operations. The successful candidate will interact with project leaders and the farm manager to initiate experiments, establish research protocols, and integrate research projects into the total research program of the Center. The employee will be required to occasionally work beyond the normal work schedule and may be required to occasionally travel within the state to perform necessary tasks at offsite locations. Upon appropriate approval/clearance from VT Police, this position may carry and use a firearm as part of daily responsibilities for wildlife management.

Required Qualifications

Working knowledge of agricultural research techniques and procedures; Experience operating agricultural and/or research equipment and vehicles; Working knowledge of and abilities in production agriculture sufficient to project sound judgment into a research setting; Demonstrated appreciation and concern for precision, thoroughness, timeliness, and total disclosure in research activities; Experience with managing and training subordinates and peers; Knowledge of agricultural disease and pest identification; Excellent written and oral communication skills; Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse clientele base; Ability to work outside in various weather conditions. Upon appropriate approval/clearance from VT Police, this position may carry and use a firearm as part of daily responsibilities for wildlife management.

Preferred Qualifications

Associates or BS degree in Agriculture, Biology, Horticulture, or related area or equivalent training and experience in production agriculture and/or agricultural research; Experience in tobacco, forage, grains, soybean, and/or ruminant livestock production; Private and/or commercial pesticide applicators license.

Pay Band

3

Appointment Type

Restricted

Salary Information

Pay Grade 3

Review Date

08/15/2022

Additional Information

Must be able to lift 50+ pounds. Must be able to sit, walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, reach, grasp and perform repetitive tasks with hands. Must be able to work outside in adverse weather (cold and hot) conditions. Must have an acceptable and safe driving record. Must have a driver's license check. This is an off campus position located at the Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC), located in Blackstone, VA. Employee may be required to occasionally work beyond normal work schedule and may be required to occasionally travel within the state to perform necessary tasks at offsite locations. Must be able to obtain private and commercial pesticide applicators license within one year.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Carol Wilkinsonat wilki@vt.eduduring regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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