Research Farm Technician III in Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky

Job Description

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Horticulture Research Farm at University of Kentucky (UK-HRF) is seeking a full-time Research Farm Technician to join our team. The research project is funded for two years with an opportunity for renewed funding thereafter. The project will focus on field and greenhouse trials to evaluate soil amendments and biostimulants.
Responsibilities include coordination and management of field and greenhouse research trials, planting, crop maintenance, plant measurements, data management and analysis, and graphical reports. This position reports to the Farm Superintendent and involves diverse horticultural farm work during the busy growing season, operating farm equipment, and technical support for related research projects.
The Horticulture Research Farm at University of Kentucky is a 100-acre research farm managed by the Department of Horticulture, located in Lexington, KY. It features organic and conventional field plots for vegetable research. Other research units address tree fruits, small fruits, viticulture, CEA greenhouse, and nursery crops. In addition, UK-HRF hosts a working farm with student apprenticeships in the Organic Farming Unit, the 250-member Community Supported Agriculture or UK-CSA, on 30 acres of certified organic acreage.
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Required Related Experience

1 yr

Required License/Registration/Certification
Physical Requirements
Sitting and/or standing for long periods of time. Risk of back injury from moving, lifting or positioning materials or equipment. Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. Risk of injuries from use of equipment on the job. Working at heights above 4 feet. Exposure to extreme weather conditions.
Monday – Friday; 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. May be required to work extra hours during peak season.
Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Experience in farming, irrigation, and or construction.
Ability to use Microsoft Windows, Micro Office Suite (word, excel, etc.).
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?
Preferred Education/Experience
Bachelor of Science, MS Preferred
Driver’s License with five years of experience.
Deadline to Apply
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