**This is a three-year limited term appointment. Continued employment is contingent upon the availability of funds.**
This position is committed to 100% research associated with the Auburn University Southern Forest Nursery Management Cooperative. Research responsibilities will fall into the general areas of: herbicide evaluation, nursery cultural practices, minimization of environmental impacts, and optimal seedling production.
Other duties of this position include:
-assist in research project planning, preparation, installation and collection in nurseries, in greenhouse, at stress facility and at trophotron;
-apply fertilizers, herbicides and other chemicals on research studies;
-plant, measure and collect seedlings for research studies;
-collect and record data from research projects and seedling quality reports;
-maintain physical areas of laboratory, greenhouse, headhouse, stress facility, and trophotron, irrigation, and mowing and minor mechanical tasks;
-coordinate availability, use and maintenance of required supplies and equipment for research studies.
-manage maintenance of and mileage records of SFNMC vehicles and trailers.
-manage laboratory safety, training and compliance records and soil fumigation annual surveys.
-travel overnight in southeastern U.S. to nursery sites for installation and collection of research studies and serve as a liaison with Nursery Cooperative.
Minimum Qualifications: Designation as a Research Assistant requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Horticulture, Agronomy, Weed Science, Forestry, or a closely related field; two (2) years of full time experience in herbicidal control of weeds in either agronomic or forest seedling crops; and a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one at the time of selection. Level III requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Horticulture, Agronomy, Weed Science, Forestry, or a closely related field; four (4) years of full time experience in herbicidal control of weeds in either agronomic or forest seedling crops; and a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one at the time of selection. Employer will consider an advanced degree in lieu of experience
-Previous experience in agriculture, horticulture or nurseries.
-Attention to detail and ability to detect problems or errors as tasks are performed.
-Ability to prioritize tasks for multiple simultaneous projects, adaptability and flexibility in scheduling and workflow as needs change.
-Ability to design/innovate and apply safe, efficient workflow methods for required tasks, and evaluation of workflow systems to increase productivity.
-Dexterity, agility and strength necessary to perform required physical tasks.
-Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Sharepoint.
-A strong understanding of the interactions of forest seedling production and weeds that affect seedling health; an understanding of herbicide use and regulations; demonstrated written and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to make oral presentations to various grower groups.
-Ability to work independently and manage time effectively.
-Working knowledge of compressed air spray equipment design, construction, calibration, maintenance and repair and ability to troubleshoot and repair spray systems in the field.
Candidates interested in the position need to apply online at www.auemployment.com for requisition #27487