Under general supervision, performs moderately complex biological or
agricultural tests, examinations and processes. Performs manual
activities in the care and observation of animals and crops and
maintains experiment records.
1. Performs laboratory and field activities in accordance with
experimental protocols; posts dates and times of experimental
steps, records temperatures and instrument readings; prepares data
summaries including results, charts and graphs.
2. Prepares reports and analyses and maintains automated and/or
manual recordkeeping systems pertaining to experimentation,
research and animal care.
3. Provides research support by performing duties related to crop
production, providing routine care and treatment for animals and
crops, monitoring the activity and performance of crops and
animals and documenting research findings and results.
4. Acts as liaison with the general public; prepares and presents
agricultural demonstrations; responds to inquiries and requests
which do not require specialized scientific knowledge or
5. Performs greenhouse activities such as watering specified areas
and crops, regulating temperature, humidity and lighting and
6. Operates farm machinery including tractors, plows, mowers,
combines, balers, and hand tools.
7. Operates laboratory equipment such as spectrometers, nitrogen
determination apparatus, air samplers, centrifuges, and PH meters.
8. Performs routine maintenance/repairs to agricultural facilities,
equipment and tools to ensure operational readiness, safety and
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: Three years in agricultural work, one year of which was in
OTHER: Valid Maryland Noncommercial Class C or equivalent
Thorough knowledge of and skill in the use of farm equipment. General
knowledge of and ability to use related laboratory equipment. General
knowledge of basic mathematics and ability to perform mathematical and
algebraic calculations. Ability to communicate effectively both
orally and in writing. Ability to lift and transport agricultural
supplies, tools, and equipment, to climb and to perform extensive
standing and walking. Ability to wear and work in personal protective
equipment. Ability to work in extreme weather conditions.
OTHER: 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
Certification by the Maryland State Department of Agriculture as a
pesticide applicator may be required. 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. Candidates selected for employment may be
subject to medical inquiries and/or medical examinations to determine
ability to perform the job.