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Research/Laboratory Aide (Safford, AZ) (Part Time/Multiple Positions) (UPDATED)

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Position Information

Title Research/Laboratory Aide (Safford, AZ) (Part Time/Multiple Positions) (UPDATED)
Department Safford Agriculture Center (2415)
Location County Extensions and Farms
Position Summary

Please note: the review date for this position has been extended to 11/15/2017.

This Research/Laboratory Aide position will be stationed at the Safford Agricultural Center in Safford, Arizona, 125 miles northeast of Tucson. Research activities and work related tasks will be conducted at the Safford Agricultural Center as well as other locations in Southern Arizona.

This position will average 0.75 FTE (30 hours per week); however, the hours worked per week may increase during the department’s busy research season. A flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the projects, as well as the ability to travel to remote locations and work outside in adverse conditions is required. A majority of the work hours are Monday – Friday, with early morning, late evening and occasional weekend work hours required during busy times of the growing season. Transportation vehicles will be provided. A valid driver’s license is required upon employment.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Collects field specimens and data for research in agricultural field crops grown in the southeastern portion of the state including but not limited to cotton, corn, small grains, alfalfa, chilies and beans.
  • Assists in cataloging data samples and/or specimens including plant tissue samples and harvest products such as cotton lint, grains, and beans.
  • Assists researchers with routine experiments under close technical supervision. This includes application of fertilizers and chemicals according to prescribed research protocols.
  • Cleans equipment and ensures it is in good working order; performs preventative maintenance or minor repairs to field or laboratory equipment and notifies appropriate person to make repairs.
  • Performs routine laboratory or field tasks related to the growth or maintenance of experimental plots; observes plant subjects for responses to stimuli; records and reports observations to investigator. This includes collection of data from field experiments such as routine plant measurements and collection of harvest data.
  • Collects background materials and performs literature reviews for current and future research projects.
  • Performs data entry duties and basic data manipulation tasks including providing graphical and tabular summaries of data.
  • Assists in developing informational reports and presentations for publication as a direct result of research findings.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • Possess a valid driver’s license upon employment and the ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.
  • Basic computer skills: word processing, spreadsheets, email.
  • Possess basic knowledge of experimental design and plot layout.
  • Experience following a plot layout and systemic collection of data.
  • Basic knowledge of restrictions and provisions associated with USDA regulated projects and materials.
  • Ability to lift and maneuver packages that weigh in excess of 50 pounds repetitively throughout a given workday.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

One year of laboratory/research, field research, or technical maintenance experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle that is pulling a variety of trailers and implements, some in excess of 15,000 pounds, over the highway across southern portions of Arizona.
Full Time/Part Time Part Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week minimum of 30
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Non-Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $10.50 Per Hour
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S23934
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Randy Norton, Director Safford Ag Center
928) 651-0420

Open Date 08/30/2017
Review Start Date 11/15/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Internal Postings
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have at least one year of laboratory/research, field research, or technical maintenance experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Will you possess a valid driver's license upon employment?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Are you able to lift and maneuver packages that may weigh in excess of 50 pounds repetitively throughout a given work day?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * This position is approximately 125 miles from Tucson in Safford, Arizona. Will you have access to reliable transportation in order to report for the scheduled work shift at the Safford Agricultural Center?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have the ability to travel as needed?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Are you available to work a non-traditional work schedule which includes evenings and weekends?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. Please describe your understanding as it relates to the execution of research protocols that are managed under either a permit or notification from the USDA.

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * Are you comfortable operating a motor vehicle that is pulling a variety of trailers and implements (some very large in excess of 15,000 pounds) over the highway across the southern portions of Arizona? Please describe your experience and skill level in doing this.

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * Please describe your experience and skill level as it relates to the operation of farm machinery including tractors and implements.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents