ORCHARD AND OUTREACH TECHNICIAN

Job no: 228790-US
Work type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Department: CALS/AG RES STA/PENINSULAR
Location: Sturgeon Bay
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Other



Position Summary:

The employee works to support the PARS fruit grower scouting outreach program and coordinate grower interaction with the Station. Duties will involve all aspects of on and off station plot scouting and outreach in state and privately-owned orchards, vineyards and production fields. Outreach activities will include maintaining a multiple weather station monitoring system throughout the state; as well as tree fruit insect and disease scouting program and potential future research projects with cooperating growers. Support includes planning activities needed to collect and compile data, modify procedures, work with station and university staff members to process data, and interpret and communicate results to participating commercial orchard operations. The individual will produce ongoing series of written pest pressure recommendation reports from field collected and compiled data. These reports will be developed using Excel and Word programs to manipulate data and develop tables or charts and writing narratives to describe the results. Along with distributing these reports, the individual will assist in producing a weekly web-based pest advisory bulletin for the broader commercial fruit industry throughout the growing season utilizing WordPress software. On-station activities will include the use of scouting data to assist in development of spray programs for orchards, vineyards, and row crops. Additionally, on-station support for maintenance of plots, grounds, research projects and equipment will be implemented as necessary based on Station need.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

No Degree Required

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

-General cultural practices for grape, tree fruit crops and field crop production.
-Understanding of insect and disease life cycles as it relates to management and control.
-Pesticides used on field and fruit crops and their safe application.
-Knowledge of the proper and safe operation of agricultural equipment.
-Basic plant growth requirements for water, nutrients, and soil condition.
-Knowledge of the safe handling and mixing of pesticides.
-Harvesting and proper post-harvest handling of fruit and vegetable crops.
-Knowledge of operating hand and power tools, 6-8' orchard ladders, and commercial sized lawnmowers.
-Ability to lift 40-45lb boxes.
-Knowledge of plant physiology and plant nutrition
-Knowledge of plant insect, disease, and weed control.
-Ability to accurately record information and develop reports.
-Knowledge of general computer word processing and spreadsheet programs.
-Knowledge of laboratory equipment operation (pH meter, balance, microscope, soluble salts meter, etc.).
-Knowledge of record maintenance systems.
-Knowledge of the proper and safe operation of motor vehicles; including light and heavy trucks, and utility vehicles.
-Reliability, sense of responsibility, and initiative to work for sustained periods of time without oversight from supervisors.
-Strong communication skills

License or Certificate:

-Hold a valid Wisconsin driver's license, which meets UW Risk Management standards
-Hold a valid Private Pesticide Applicators License.

Additional Information:

This position will be 87.5% over the course of the year: (100% March thru November---50% December thru February)

A probationary period will be required. A criminal background check will be required.

Department(s):

A079400-COL OF AG & LIFE SCIENCES/AG RES STA/PENINSULAR

Work Schedule:

Typical schedule is 7:30am - 4:00pm Monday through Friday with the possibility of some weekend and night hours during peak seasons.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Ongoing/Renewable

Salary:

Minimum $15.66 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process please click on the `' button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV. You will also be asked to provide the names and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without advanced notice.

Contact:

Justin Cave
justin.cave@wisc.edu
608-263-3715
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )





Official Title:

HORTICULTURAL TECH(35640)

Employment Class:

University Staff-Ongoing

Job Number:

228790-US

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/ .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

Applications Open: Nov 11 2020 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Nov 25 2020 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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