The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food, and the Environment seeks a collaborative and engaging Field Research Manager for the tobacco and hemp agronomic research and tobacco breeding programs. Duties include over site of greenhouse production of transplants including the execution of specific research protocols aimed at improving the quality of transplants produced, management of multiple field trials, maintenance of research supplies inventory and field equipment, data collection and entry, and supervision of seasonal student workers. Working with the program PI the employee will prioritize field tasks including soil preparation, planting, weeding, topping, harvesting, and post-harvest processing. The employee will be expected to be able to read and execute specific research protocols to include the application of individual treatments in the field and the collection of data as directed. Responsibilities include insuring that all farm safety and pesticide handling and application protocols are being followed.
Current skills should include knowledge and experience in the operation, calibration, and maintenance of common farm machinery including but not limited to tractors, mowers, planters and sprayers; ability to prioritize and organize multiple tasks to maintain efficient operations; and excellent interpersonal skills are expected as this job requires communication and collaboration with students, staff, and faculty.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
Required Related Experience:
No experience required.
Required License/Registration/Certification :
Have or obtain a category 10 Pesticide Applicators License; experience with farm equipment, Excel, MS Word, Powerpoint, SAS and Driver’s license preferred.
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.
Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.
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