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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 793716
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 05
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Plant Soil And Microbial Sciences 40000781
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: Pay Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: On-Call

Position Summary(Basic Job Function)

This is a temporary or an on-call position. Provides professional support. Responsibilities may include general business, science, medical, agricultural or other professional support functions. Term: Temps can work two (2) nine (9) month terms with a week break in service in between and at the end of the second term terminate for three (3) months or switch to an on-call. On-Call allowed to work 1039 hours in any twelve (12) month period.

Unit Position Summary

The Potato Outreach Program is seeking a full-time temporary professional aide beginning April 4th, 2022. The applicant will assist in planting research plots, organizing supplies, and cutting potato seed. Day to day duties include travel to field sites around Michigan, planting research trials, cutting and organizing potatoes, data collection, and data entry. This position is based at the MSU Agronomy farm with frequent travel to research plots. This position provides an opportunity for the research aide to learn about commercial potato production and on-farm research in Michigan. This position has an expected end date of 11/4/22. Required qualifications: Drivers license, ability to follow protocols with attention to detail, proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, ability to list at least 50 lbs, ability to work outdoors in adverse conditions for long periods of time, punctuality and willingness to work long hours if needed (some weeks will be over 40 hours with overtime pay).

Desired Qualifications

Familiarity with agricultural research, ability to operate a forklift, ability to dive a truck and trailer, previous work experience in an agricultural environment

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

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Summary of Physical Demands

   ability to lift 50 lbs. ability to work outdoors

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