Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
An agronomy research assistant will support the NCROC agronomy research and outreach program by engaging in research that focuses on agricultural ecosystem sustainability in the north central growing region of Minnesota. Agronomy research at NCROC encompasses multiple cropping systems and is unique in developing strategies that assist local producers to be more competitive to achieve a sustainable agricultural commodity market in Northeastern Minnesota. Main production systems include corn, soybean, small grain, and legume/grass forage. This position has responsibility of preparation, maintenance and record keeping of various research plots and overall maintenance of NCROC agronomy research facilities.
This is a 100%, 12-month continuing position.
Position Overview / Responsibilities:
1. Assist in the preparation of experimental trials under the direction of a research Agronomist; including participation in team meetings to discuss plot layout and planning. Facilitate in the preparation of research plots by disking, plowing, tilling, and any other potential cultivation method deem necessary. Also aid in seed preparation to assist in the physical planting of research plots. This requires the use of grain drills, fertilizer spreaders, and specialized seeding equipment such as research plot planters. (30%)
2. Participate in and/or coordinate the care of various experimental plots through fertilization and maintaining desirable pest pressures, and in integrated pest management. Cultivates or cuts alleys and surrounding areas to aid in this management. (25%)
3. Assist with harvesting and drying of grain and data collection on yield, biomass, fertilizer applications, plant population records, seed moistures, planting dates, and flowering dates. (15%)
4. Assist in the collection of soil, tissue and water samples needed to monitor soil fertility, plant heath, and water quality of research plot areas and NCROC production acreage for the purpose of improving and monitoring agronomic management practices. Help develop crop production/soil maps to keep inventory of all center land and crop resources. (15%)
5. Work with a team of researchers as part of NCROC’s commitment to the Minnesota Long-Term Agricultural Research Network (LTARN), a study of the biophysical, biogeochemical, and socioeconomic effects on, and of, production systems over time and space simultaneously. Requires assistance in managing plots and collection various research data including light measurements, soil and plant tissue samples, and maintaining a catalog for long-term storage of these samples. (10%)
6. Maintain inventories of various supplies and equipment to carry out research. (5%)
BS/BA degree and 1 year of related experience in agriculture or applied plant sciences, or an equivalent combination of related education and work experience to equal 5 years.
Preference given to those who have an interest in the applied plant sciences fields and agronomy.
An understanding of the principals of applied agricultural research, and the importance of accurate and precise data keeping is critical, this includes having knowledge of farming and agricultural equipment.
Should have proficiency in the use of computers and other electronic equipment to acquire, arrange, and summarize data. Should be able to lift 50-70 lb. occasionally.
Internal Number: 328378
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