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Research Associate (Assistant Farm Manager)
LSU AgCenter

Date Posted Sep. 18, 2019
Title Research Associate (Assistant Farm Manager)
University LSU AgCenter
Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Department Botanic Gardens at Burden Center
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences
    Agricultural Extension
    Agricultural - General

Research Associate
(Assistant Farm Manager)

Work Location: Botanic Gardens at Burden Center, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Responsibilities: This position is responsible for implementation and maintenance of plant based research and education programs; maintenance of all vehicles and equipment; supports the Farm Manager of the Burden Farm; reports to the Research Associate/Farm Coordinator. Field Research and Outreach Programs: Implementation of research projects and outreach projects, Propagation and transplants, Field preparation, Planting, Data collection, Harvesting and Postharvest storage. Field Management: Operates and makes adjustments to complex agricultural and/or research equipment, Implement best management practices for Disease, insect and weed control (Mixes and applies fungicides, insecticides and herbicides in accordance with Federal and State label direction and follows all rules and regulations set forth by the university, the state, and the EPA.), Soil fertility (Mixes and applies appropriate liquid and granular fertilizers), Irrigation and drainage (Installs overhead and drip irrigation and maintains field drainage.) Equipment Maintenance: Compiles lists of supplies, equipment and tools needed for research activities and equipment maintenance.
Oversees maintenance shop and maintenance of all farm vehicles and machinery: Vehicle repair (Trucks and ATVs), Machinery repair (Tractors, implements, spray rigs), some small engine repair (Lawn mowers, string trimmers), Oil change and lubrication, Blade sharpening, Maintains fuel supply.

Qualification Requirements: A bachelor’s or master’s degree in plant sciences, horticulture or related discipline from an accredited college or university. Other degree may be accepted with experience or education related to job duties.

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Current benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

Application Deadline: October 2, 2019 or until a suitable applicant is located.

Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position and his/her goals for it, resume, transcripts, and contact information for three references. Paper, faxed or emailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Jeff Kuehny, Resident Director
Burden Center
LSU AgCenter
4560 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, La. 70809

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