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Research Technician

Apply now Department: 3670010230 Northeast Regional Ext Office
Job no: 513062
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Olathe, Kansas
Categories: Agriculture, Research / Scientific / Grants
Pay Grade: 04B


About This Role:

The Olathe Horticulture Center is searching for a Research Technician to  assist in conducting research projects in the area of vegetable production. 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 such as irrigation, fertigation, pest management, harvesting and data collection.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires a high school diploma

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree in Horticulture, Agriculture, Biology, or closely related field
  • Bachelor'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
  • 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

Other Requirements:

  • 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. Online application
  2. Resume
  3. Transcripts
  4. Certification, if applicable

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$14.32 - $23.39 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

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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