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Iowa State University Agricultural Specialist I in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:Agricultural Specialist I

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Quals:Bachelor’s degree

Preferred Qualifications:-Field research experience in Agronomy or related area.-Experience that demonstrates knowledge of experimental design and best management practices for field plot research.-Experience operating field research equipment, (e.g., tractors, combines, sprayers).

Job Description:

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University is seeking applicants for an Agriculture Specialist I in the Iowa State Research Farms department.

This position will conduct, analyze and report results of field research experiments to evaluate relative performance of commercial and experimental corn hybrids and soybean cultivars throughout the State of Iowa. The incumbent will coordinate activities with seed companies; prepare summaries; and present results of data analysis.

Excellent communication (both oral and written) skills will be essential for success in this position. The successful candidate will possess the ability to interact with agriculture professionals from a variety of disciplines (agronomy, pathology, seed production, seed sales, plant breeding) in an informed and confident manner. They will be a motivated self-starter with an ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-based environment. The candidate will also have the ability to balance a variety of projects, prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and produce exceptional results. The essential physical functions of the position require the ability to lift up to 75 pounds. All college employees are expected to interact collegially and in a professional manner and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethics.

Example of Duties• Collects, records, and summarizes research data.• Manages and coordinates a set of agricultural resources.• Implements research protocols.• Contributes to experimental design, management, and analysis.• Consults with project leaders on experiments, protocol, and progress.• Monitors and oversees machinery and property maintenance and repair.• Assists with field operations.• Observes, diagnoses, and remedies livestock/crop problems.

Appointment Type:Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Rate Type:Salary

Pay Grade:PS805

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:January 13, 2021

Posting Close Date:January 20, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R3954

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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