This is a specialist or lead worker position responsible for scheduling, performing and assigning all aspects of northwest Washington farming practices and agricultural field research at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. The successful applicant will be responsible for carrying out all farming activities at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC including driving tractor and other farm equipment. The individual is also responsible for scheduling, performing, and inspecting preventative maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, light, medium, and heavy farm equipment, machinery, and specific apparatus. The individual also performs maintenance and repair to campus buildings such as plumbing and electrical, welding, carpentry, and machinist work.
Farm Responsibilities (50%)
Schedule and perform field preparation in cooperation with facilities manager.
Crop rotation management and practices.
Operate planters, rototillers, and cultivators in row crop production crops.
Mowing and maintenance of farm and all grounds.
Maintain weed control in fence rows, around farm buildings, irrigation risers, and campus area.
Make pesticide and fertilizer applications as needed in various cash and research plots, including air blast sprayer in orchards.
Manage GA equipment rental paperwork.
Collect soil samples.
Obtain fertilizer recommendations, bids and schedule applications in cooperation with facilities manager.
Work with facilities manager to assign departmental and offsite group experimental plots.
Maintain crop and field records.
Maintain irrigation system.
Install winter drainage surface ditches.
Cleaning of all water drainage collection boxes.
Grade gravel roadways and parking areas.
Operate tour wagons for research field days and special occasions.
Farm Shop Responsibilities (40%)
Schedule, inspect, and perform maintenance on farm vehicles, tractors and other farm equipment.
Operate hand tools, power tools, and other shop equipment, metal fabrication and welding, fabricates materials and equipment.
Perform preventative maintenance and repair heavy farm equipment, gas and diesel.
Manage shop service records and billings.
Develop solutions to repair and maintenance problems.
Develop cost estimates of repairs, maintenance or alterations.
Schedule, inspect, and perform campus building maintenance, plumbing, electrical, remodeling, and structural systems.
Collect, load and haul scrap metal to recycler.
Recycling of used motor oil, old anti-freeze and used oil filters.
Other Duties (10%)
Assist with surplus/excess disposal or auction items.
Assist with event setup and cleanup.
Center compost management, compostable shredding.
Graduate student mentoring.
Assist WSU and outside groups, i.e. Ag WeatherNet, seed companies.
Other miscellaneous items as assigned.
High school graduation and four years of general work experience in building and equipment maintenance, construction or repair work or completion of a recognized apprenticeship in a skilled mechanic trade; OR equivalent education/experience.
Two year's farm work experience and one year of general work experience in building and equipment maintenance, construction or repair work.
Must have, or able to obtain, a valid driver's license by time of hire.
A valid Washington State Pesticide Applicator's License or ability to obtain within three months of hire.
Must be able and willing to work a flexible schedule.
Area/College: CAHNRS Department Name: WSU Mount Vernon NWREC City, State, Zip: Mount Vernon, 98273 Department Link:https://mtvernon.wsu.edu/ Monthly Salary: $4,286 FTE: 100% Permanent/Temporary/Project: Permanent Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check
Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.
Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter.
Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.
Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application
Required Documents: Cover letter and Resume
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 12 Month
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