WFS OPERATOR

Job no: 231466-US
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Department: CALS/AG RES STA/ARL
Location: Arlington
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Facilities, Skilled Trades, Maintenance, Other



Position Summary:

The Arlington Agricultural Research Station (AARS) is the largest of 11 UW-Madison research stations. It supports a wide cross section of research and programs for 10 different departments in the College of Agricultural and life Sciences (CALS). The station consists of approximately 2100 acres of cropland and 14 different crop and livestock units. The AARS staff provide services to CALS researchers which include growing feed for animals, preparing feed rations, performing field operations for crop researchers, removing animal wastes, mowing lawns and research alleyways, trucking, and providing maintenance and repair of facilities and field and research equipment. The Wisconsin Foundation Seeds (WFS) is an auxiliary program of AARS. WFS is responsible for the production, conditioning, sales and distribution of Foundation seed stocks to Certified Seed Producers in Wisconsin and several other states.

The AREO conducts the operational needs of Wisconsin Foundation Seeds. The main responsibility for this position is the production, purity maintenance, conditioning, allocation and sale of foundation seed stocks developed by the University Plant Breeders. This individual works with contract seed producers to ensure genetic purity and seed quality, as well as with seed companies (customers) to transmit crop variety characteristics and descriptions to ensure successful use of UW genetics. This position is responsible for all aspects of station field operations which include: tillage, planting and harvest, pesticide application, fertilization and manure handling related to the crop and livestock operations on the Station. This position is also responsible for operating tandem axle trucks, including semi-tractors, and gooseneck trailers related to the transportation of equipment, materials, and supplies for the Station and College as well as assisting with pesticide applications and crop research activities. This position shall observe all applicable AAALAC Standards (international animal use and care guidelines) and safety standards.

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:

-Minimum 1 year experience with specialized seed conditioning, parent seedstock handling, breeder seed and foundation seed purification, seed handling, conditioning and storage.
-Ability to identify and remove seed impurities.
-Knowledge of the safe and proper operation of trucks and all types of farm vehicles, tractors and machinery, including tillage, planting, cultivating, fertilizing, harvesting, manure handling, feed handling equipment, end loaders and forklifts.
-Knowledge of the proper and safe operation of motor vehicles; including light and heavy trucks, trailers, and utility vehicles.
-Knowledge to make mathematical calculations involving weights, measures and research data.
-Knowledge of the safe and correct calibration and application of pesticides, desiccants, and preservatives.
-Knowledge of the safe and correct procedures for mixing and loading pesticides.
-Knowledge of field crop methodology and equipment necessary for all aspects of field crop production.
-Knowledge of agricultural equipment maintenance and repair. Awareness of proper agricultural equipment function and ability to identify malfunctions.
-Ability to work as part of a team toward a common goal.
-Ability to communicate and interact with supervisors, researchers, fellow staff members and the general public.
-Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
-Knowledge in basic computer skills.

License or Certificate:

-Hold a valid Wisconsin Driver's License that meets UW Risk Management standards
-Hold or obtain within 6 months a valid Commercial Driver's License, Class A
-Hold or obtain within 6 months a valid Commercial Pesticide Applicator's License in Categories 1.1 and 4.0

Additional Information:

-Will be required to lift up to 60 lbs.
-Climb to heights of 60 feet, ladders on silos and grain elevators
-Must be able to work in dusty and moldy conditions.
-Contact with farm animals.
-A period of probation will be required.
-A criminal background check will be required.

Department(s):

A078200-COL OF AG & LIFE SCIENCES/AG RES STA/ARL

Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Occasional extra hours during week, weekends, and holidays as needed.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Ongoing/Renewable

Salary:

Minimum $15.95 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 and a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position.

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:

AG RES EQUIP OPR-SEN(80463)

Employment Class:

University Staff-Ongoing

Job Number:

231466-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).

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Applications Open: Feb 11 2021 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Feb 25 2021 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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