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Research Technician

Apply now Department: 3670010090 Horticulture Natural Resources
Job no: 504055
Work type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified)
Location: Olathe, Kansas
Categories: Agriculture, Horticulture, Research / Scientific / Grants

About This Role:

This position will assist a faculty member in conducting research projects in the area of vegetable production at the Olathe Horticulture Center, which is located at 35230 W. 135th St. in Olathe, KS.  Research project implementation involves designing and implementing high tunnel, open-field, and greenhouse experiments.

This position will oversee the day-to-day management of all the research projects that are being conducted. They will work with and train students and staff on farming practices and ensure that research activities are successful. Activities in the area of vegetable production include production planning, seeding, transplanting, and grafting for transplant production in the greenhouse. Field and high tunnel activities include implementing and maintaining high tunnel and field experiments: irrigation, fertigation, pest management, harvesting and data collection.

Why Join Us:

The Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources originated in 1871 making it one of the first and oldest departments at Kansas State University. We are dedicated to improving lives through innovative, diverse education and research. We are committed to educating outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, contributing significant research results to solve problems associated with our disciplines. For more information please visit us at https://hnr.k-state.edu

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks individuals whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's dedication to the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Requires a high school diploma.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associate’s Degree in Horticulture, Agriculture, Biology, or a closely-related field or B.S. degree in Horticulture, Agronomy, Biology, or a closely-related field.
  • Experience in conducting horticulture field research.
  • Commercial Pesticide Applicator license preferred.
  • Ability to operate common field equipment such as a tractor, roto-tiller, mower, and spray equipment.
  • Ability to provide formal and informal training to students, staff, and others.
  • At least two years horticulture experience
  • Proficiency with common computer programs for word and data processing.  Ability to manage seasonal staff and coordinate multiple research projects. Strong commitment to expanding and fostering diversity.

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to work outside in hot and/or cold weather. Ability to traverse uneven terrain in agricultural fields. Able to lift at least 50lbs. Able to operate basic agricultural equipment including : mowers, two-wheel tractors, trimmers, tractors, loaders, and irrigation pumps.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover Letter,
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:


Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Salary Range/ Pay Rate:


Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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