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Iowa State University Agricultural Specialist II/III in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:

Agricultural Specialist II/III

Job Group:

Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Quals:

Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

- Field research experience in Agronomy or related area.
- Experience with maintenance and repair of agricultural and/or research equipment.
- Agronomic knowledge of corn and soybean production.
- Experience operating field research equipment (e.g. tractors, combines, sprayers).
- Demonstrated knowledge of experimental design and best management practices for field plot research.

Job Description:


The department of Agronomy and the Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) seek applicants for an agricultural specialist II or III to coordinate field research activities for the annual Iowa Crop Performance Tests (corn and soybeans).

The Agricultural Specialist will be filled at either a II or III level. The level III position has minimum required qualifications of Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience and is a PS807 pay level.

Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) is a nonprofit organization designated by Chapter 177 in the Iowa Legislature as the official seed certifying agency in Iowa. ICIA is composed of member companies and individuals working in the seed industry and advancing seed and crop improvement.

This position collaborates with other ICIA employees in the implementation of research protocols specifically to measure the product performance of corn hybrids and soybean varieties. Position participates in the collection of research data from field test sites throughout the state, maintains data management equipment and field research equipment, assists with the development of computer programs to facilitate data collection and reporting, and assists with the hiring, training, and work flow of hourly employees.

The successful candidate 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. Excellent communication (both oral and written) skills will be essential for success in this position.

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:


Number of Months Employed Per Year:

12 Month Work Period

Time Type:

Full time

Pay Rate Type:


Pay Grade:


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 Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

If 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 27, 2021

Job Requisition Number:


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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