Research Aide

University of Idaho
Idaho, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 17, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Idaho

Research Aide

Location: Parma

Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Employee Category: Classified

Pay Range: $15.46 per hour or higher depending on education and experience

FTE: 1.0

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:
The research aide performs pre-established research procedures. Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Works under general supervision. Performs research activities and other tasks as necessary in a research environment. Records observations and measurements and reports results. When applicable, is responsible for cleaning, disinfecting, and maintaining research space and equipment, and assists with receipt and inspection of raw materials along with ordering and stocking of materials and equipment.

The incumbent will work under supervision of Director of Pomology and Viticulture Program (PVP) at the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center. The individual will be responsible for all cultural practices, including calculations of chemicals, preparation and application of pesticide, fungicides, and herbicides in timely fashion while following safety measures, according to available spray models and in consultation with specialists. The incumbent will assist in various aspects of fruit crop research, including but not limited to: irrigation, spraying, fertilizer applications, design of experiments in orchard and vineyard layouts, analysis, collection, and review of research samples and data in the field or Pomology laboratory, in support of physiology and production of fruit crops at the Parma Research and Extension Center and at off-site cooperative growers under the supervision of PVP Director. In consultation with PVP Director, the incumbent will hire and train workers from independent licensed contractors, teach workers safety requirements, work with and supervise the workers in all cultural practices, including but limited to: planting, installing support and irrigation systems, training and pruning trees and vines, thinning, and harvesting. The incumbent will also work closely with employees and other technicians, staff, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, visiting scientists and co-workers in a team effort. The incumbent will also perform farming and maintenance duties of various orchard/vineyard machinery and tools, operation of irrigation wells and minor repair of the irrigation well, and repair and maintenance of tractors and orchard vehicles.

This is an essential position that will be called upon in the event of an emergency and/or University closure.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • High school Diploma or equivalent.

  • Collecting and recording data following pre-established procedures or protocols.
  • Using a computer to collect and record data.
  • Accomplishing goals or completion of projects in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Education: B.S degree.
  • Experience in: operation and maintenance of a variety of laboratory equipment and methodologies in agricultural crop production, the safe use of electrical and hand operated shop tools, and Good Laboratory Practice Standards (GLPS) and their application.
  • Three years experience in agricultural crop production.
  • Experience keeping complete and accurate records.
  • Thorough knowledge of methods used in irrigation systems and practices.
  • Knowledge of: agricultural chemicals and their safe use; laboratory chemicals and their safe use.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
  • Ability to carry, lift and/or otherwise move items of at least 50 pounds.

Required Licensures, Certifications or other
  • Must posses a Private Applicators License, Professional Applicators License, and/or Chemigation or be willing to obtain one within 6 months.
  • Must possess a valid Idaho Drivers License as the employee will be required to drive University vehicles everyday to and from the orchard, approximately 2 miles from the Parma Station.

Posting Number: SP003378P

Posting Date: 05/11/2022

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:
First consideration date for receipt of applications is 05/25/2022.

IMPORTANT: To be considered, your “Letter of Qualification” must address EACH of the required qualifications, including pertinent education and/or experience. In addition, to improve your ranking during the evaluation process, address as many of the Preferred Qualifications as possible. Information on a resume will not be accepted as a substitute for submitting a Letter of Qualification.

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement
University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.


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