Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Employee Category: Classified
Pay Range: $19.51 per hour or higher depending on experience
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Position Summary: Direct and oversee operations and management of the Kimberly Potato Storage Research Facility. This facility is approximately 6,800 ft2 with 9 independently controlled environment bins capable of storing 200,000 lbs of potatoes each. This research storage facility has multiple refrigeration units, humidification systems, compressors, heat exchange units, heaters, circulation pumps, fans and other mechanical components dedicated to the function of the facility. Responsible for decisions and payment for all maintenance, upgrades and repairs to the facility as needed. Duties include organizing, problem solving, and managing research studies in small-scale research storage units. Major responsibilities include facility monitoring, maintenance and repair. This position requires a person to manage the requirements of multiple research projects and balance demand for storage space and environmental conditions needed by Principal Investigators. Assist faculty members in conducting potato storage research. The position is responsible for daily laboratory management, scheduling lab, storage and equipment use, ordering supplies for public domain equipment, transmitting data to the appropriate person, inventory management, and supervision of technical staff. This position requires participating in ongoing projects with collaborators and personnel at various University of Idaho Research and Extension Centers.
Education/Experience: B.S. or B.A. in agricultural science or A.A degree with 3+ experience in agriculture science.
Experience: in understanding and experience with agricultural equipment; gathering and compiling data; report writing; coordinating research projects; and developing budgets.
Must possess: valid drivers license and ability to drive a UI vehicle (pass driving record check and defensive driving course) and ISDA pesticide applicator license; good written and oral English communication skills.
Experience: A Master of Science degree in agricultural science, or a related field. Experience with potato production and storage and/or HVAC experience.
Willingness and ability to: work with and without direct supervision; listen carefully and follow instructions accurately; be prompt and organized.
Demonstrated skills and ability: supervising and project management; operation of farm and laboratory equipment; prioritize program and facility tasks and needs; identify, troubleshoot and solve problems; establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, collaborators and cooperators; good communicator; work cooperatively with faculty and staff from other programs.
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions: Ability to: lift, carry, or otherwise move 60-80 lb. bags or boxes of potatoes. Work flexible and overtime schedule when the work dictates.
Posting Number: SP002037P
Posting Date: 01/02/2019
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions: This position is located in southern Idaho.The position will remain open until filled. First review of applications will begin on Jan. 31, 2019.Please respond to the Supplemental Questions using specific examples where possible. Your responses will be used to determine your qualifications for the position. You should reference work history and/or education listed in your application where appropriate.BENEFITS: The individual hired for this position will be eligible for a full range of benefits. These benefits include access to: medical, dental and vision insurance; life and disability insurance; flexible spending accounts; membership in the PERSI retirement system; and eligibility for vacation leave, sick leave and holiday pay.
Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.
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