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Ag Equipment Operator II


Minimum $20.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications
Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Additional benefit information can be found at .

Job Summary:

Provides for the continuation of the numerous operations critical to the maintenance of the potato breeding program and the Rhinelander Agricultural Research Station. This individual will be responsible for all pesticide applications in the greenhouses and fields.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) 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. At CALS, we acknowledge that bias, prejudice, racism, and hate have historically occurred in many forms that cause significant and lasting harm to members of our community. We commit to taking actions each day toward a college that is inclusive and welcoming to all. We encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Responsibilities: Operates basic or complex equipment, applies pesticides, and performs physical labor to maintain institutional agriculture in support of institutional goals.
  • 20% Operates, cleans, and repairs basic and complex agricultural machines and equipment to ensure safety and operable functionality and to adhere to established rules, policies, and regulations
  • 20% Applies pesticides in accordance with best practices and established rules, policies, and regulations
  • 20% Stages equipment and machines in preparation of agricultural activities
  • 15% Maintains organization of designated facilities and associated supplies, notifies appropriate entities of damaged materials or the need for supply replenishment
  • 15% Documents completion of duties according to established policies and procedures
  • 10% Assists with the station maintenance (main facility, equipment, implements, greenhouses, storage facility, etc.)
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


H.S. Diploma


-Minimum two years of relevant work experience in greenhouse or field research


Drivers License - Valid

Pesticide Applicator - State Licensure
Must be willing to obtain within the first three months of employment.

Work Schedule:

-Normal working hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
-This position requires scheduled and on-call status for evening and weekend pesticide application, irrigation, or storage efforts.
-Some overtime during the field season at RARS and when commuting to the Hancock Research Station, which is two hours from RARS, is expected.
-At times it may be required to have out of town overnight stays to facilitate operational needs.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Additional Information:

-Must be willing to obtain a Commercial Pesticide Applicators License within the first 3 months of employment.
-A driver's license is required to operate University vehicles.
-Must complete forklift and tractor safety training.
-Ability to lift 50 lbs repetitively and work outdoors in adverse weather.
-Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
-Ability to communicate and work well with others.
-Ability to adhere to sanitation and UW safety policies at the farm.
-A criminal background check will be required.
-A probationary period will be required.

How to Apply:

Click on the "Apply Online" button to start the application process. You will be prompted to upload the following documents/application materials:

Resume (required) - Detail your educational and professional background

Cover Letter (required) - Refer to your related work experience

References (required) List contact information for three (3) references, including your current/most recent supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notice.

It is important that your resume reflects your experience for this position related to the Qualifications section. Your application materials will be used during our evaluation to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.


Justin Cave
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Agricultural Equipment Opr II(FP002)



Employment Class:

University Staff-Ongoing

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. 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:

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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