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Farm Technician

TITLE: Farm Technician

DEPARTMENT: Cooperative Extension Program

REPORTS TO: Farm Manager

CLASSIFICATION: Staff-12 months

EFFECTIVE DATE: TBD

STANDARD WORK HOURS: 37.5 hours per week

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-Time 

EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:

The Farm Technician will report to the KSU Farm Manager and will serve as a support person for the Animal Science Program, the Horticulture Program, the Organic Research Program, the Entomology/Biological Conservation Program, the Environmental Science Program, and the Soil Science Program in the College of Agriculture, Communities, and the Sciences at Kentucky State University (KSU).

This position will assist in conducting farm activities such as planting, irrigating, harvesting and assisting in the care of animals. Duties also include planting, harvesting, taking data, fertilizing, mowing, grounds keeping and pesticide spraying. This position will also assist in the care and maintenance of the Environment Education and Research Center in Henry County.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
  • Provide support at the KSU farm for the Animal Science Program, the Horticulture Program, the Organic Research Program, the Entomology/Biological Conservation Program, the Environmental Science Program, and the Soil Science Program in the College of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment at Kentucky State University (KSU).
  • Assists in the management of operations at the KSU Research and Demonstration Farm.
  • Assists in conducting farm activities such as planting, irrigating, harvesting and mixing experimental feed according to formulas.
  • Assist with grounds keeping such as mowing and weed eating weekly
  • Assist with maintenance and events at the Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families.
  • Collect, enter, and analyze statistical data.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
  • Knowledge of Agricultural crops and Animal Science.
  • Knowledge of experimental design.
  • Effective oral and writing skills.
  • Supervisory ability.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Proficiency in relevant statistical programs.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team effort is required.
  • Initiative, resourcefulness, punctuality, and ability to work independently are essential.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:
  • This position does not have supervisory responsibility.
WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL EFFORT:
  • Field research involves extended physical exertion.
  • Exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs.
OTHER DUTIES:
  • Other related duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • High School Diploma
Licensing and Certifications: NA

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the United States. At this time, Kentucky State University is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa

Internal Candidates are Encouraged to Apply

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

I have received, reviewed and fully understand the job description for ____________________. I further understand that I am responsible for the satisfactory execution of the essential functions described therein, under any and all conditions as described. 




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KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform.

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