The College of Agriculture and Life Science is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we prove and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
The Field Research Unit (FRU) supports faculty, staff and students engaged in field research. FRU manages all land, field facilities, and equipment used in support of field research. FRU provides basic services for research conducted in Station field plots including but not limited to site preparation, fertilization, and pesticide applications. FRU provides pesticide management services to all field programs at the Station.
Under very general supervision of the Unit Leader, serve as working shop foreman for the FRU fleet of vehicles and farm equipment. Responsible for general maintenance, repairs and scheduling equipment maintenance, both in shop and field on approximately 140 + pieces of farm related equipment, which includes 34 tractors, 9 trucks, a bulldozer, backhoe, pesticide equipment and a wide range of tillage equipment. Perform regular inspections on FRU equipment and monitor parts inventories. Supervise, coordinate and schedule work being done in shop by FRU staff. Perform heavy equipment operations such as bulldozer and backhoe work to accomplish block and trellis removals, installation and repair and maintenance of tiling and irrigation systems, trucking, and farm road maintenance. Also responsible for the operation of the tree spade unit, used to move specific plants for research purposes. Track field operations with work orders, recording time and materials used as required by Unit Leader. Assist other staff within FRU to resolve issues, utilize equipment and labor to accomplish mission of unit. Assist project leaders and staff on their field projects as needed. Attend educational and training meetings as required by University or Unit Leader. Maintain all required qualifications to fulfill job. Prioritize work and keep FRU Unit Leader informed of schedule, concerns and needs, to carry out the mission of the Unit.
Formal training beyond a High School diploma of one to two years, two years college course work, or Associates Degree or equivalent; more than two years experience in farm and field operations. Working knowledge of basic computer programs such as Microsoft Excel and Word. Must possess or be willing to obtain a New York State (NYS) Commercial Pesticide License, category 1A and a NYS Commercial Driver License (CDL), Class AR within six months of employment. Must possess and maintain valid driver license. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Must be able to wear proper protective equipment to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals, using extreme caution when handling and applying. Must be able to adapt to changing priorities, situations and demands. Work in all kinds of unfavorable weather conditions. Sound judgment, excellent reasoning and decision-making skills, meticulous record keeping and ability to work with a diverse personalities. Must be able to work under pressure with a great deal of initiative. Proceed alone on regular tasks, consulting with supervisor on questionable situations. Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple projects. Ability to work well with other is required while creating high-quality and respectful work environment. Must be able to work independently while supporting the efforts of an overall team. Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy with a wide range of internal and external clients. Must have demonstrated ability to handle sensitive / confidential material in a professional manner.
Associates in Applied Sciences in agriculture with at least one year of experience working with heavy equipment in field or 3 years of related field experience.
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