Under general supervision, supervises and trains agricultural support staff and performs highly complex biological or agricultural tests, examinations and processes. Provides technical support to the research function. Performs manual activities in the care of animals and crops.
1. Supervises and trains subordinate personnel; determines work
priorities, plans schedules, assigns, reviews and evaluates work.
2. Performs various activities to support agricultural research;
conducts chemical analysis of soil and plants; develops plan,
design and layout of plotwork; plants, observes and records
changes in plant growth, disease and insect conditions.
3. Performs animal research activities including preparing cell
cultures and observing incubation, making determinations
regarding cell growth and medium changes, maintaining records
regarding behavior, weight, inoculations, food intake, etc.
4. Performs technical activities related to the biological function
which may include dissecting animals and other organisms and
preparing tissue slides for microscopic study.
5. Provides research support including recommending research
designs, documenting research findings and results, retrieving,
recording and summarizing data from various devices.
6. Collects specified data, ensuring adherence to research protocol;
conducts statistical analysis of data, summarizes findings and
7. Performs agricultural activities such as preparing seed,
fertilizer and chemicals for plot application; planting,
maintaining and harvesting field plots, and preparing plots for
future experimentation and events.
8. Prepares and presents agricultural demonstrations and
instructional presentations in the field and laboratory.
9. Ensures adequate supplies, materials and equipment are maintained
in department; initiates and/or prepares all documentation
related to purchase transactions, selects vendors, and manages
the ordering process.
10. Operates standard equipment including personal computers, word
processors, calculators, atomic absorption spectrophotometers,
nitrogen analyzers and various farm equipment.
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED
EXPERIENCE: Six years progressively responsible experience in agriculture work, four years of which must have been in laboratory or field research and two years of which must have been in a lead or supervisory capacity.
OTHER: Valid Maryland Noncommercial Class C or equivalent driver's license.
Comprehensive knowledge of farming practices and equipment usage. Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in scientific methods and the use of related laboratory equipment. Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in the use of related farm equipment. Thorough knowledge of mathematics including algebra, area, volume, weights, measures, and
proportions and ability to perform mathematical and algebraic calculations. Ability to use computers; to supervise and train agricultural technicians and support staff; to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; to lift and transport agricultural
supplies, tools, and equipment, to climb, and to perform extensive standing and walking; to wear and work in personal protective equipment; to work in extreme weather conditions.
Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or Maryland Noncommercial Class B or equivalent driver's license may be required. If required to obtain a Commercial Driver's License, employees will be subjected to drug and alcohol education and testing as required under Federal Highway Administration and the State of Maryland regulations. Certification by the Maryland State Department of Agriculture as a pesticide applicator may be required. Candidates selected for employment may be subject to medical inquiries and/or medical
examinations to determine ability to perform the job.