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Montana State University Research Assistant III *Huntley, MT* in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21313

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kenneth D. Kephart at 406-348-3400 or

Classification Title Research Asst III

Working Title Research Assistant III Huntley, MT

Brief Position Overview

Under the supervision of the Research Center’s Superintendent and the Farm Manager, this position is responsible for general farm operations and assists in conducting field research. It will assist faculty and research associates in planting, fertilizing, pest control, harvesting, soil sampling, and other field activities when needed. Some supervision of summer student workers, student interns, and graduate students in required. This position is located at the Southern Agricultural Research Center located in Huntley, MT.

Position Number 4M0790

Department AES SARC

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $17.338115305 per hour

Contract Type Classified Salary

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Southern Agricultural Research Center is a 462 acre facility located in the heart of the Huntley-Worden Irrigation District, which resides along the Yellowstone River approximately 20 miles east of Billings, Montana. Created as a demonstration farm by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 1907, the farm evolved into a USDA Bureau of Plant Industries Field Station cooperating with Montana State College and the MAES in 1910. Ownership of the station was formally transferred from the USDA Agricultural Research Service to the State of Montana by a Congressional Patent in 1953. Formal USDA - ARS involvement with SARC ended in 1963. Closed to meet budgetary constraints in 1995, SARC was reopened by the MAES and Montana State University on a limited basis in February, 1998. Today the center is staffed by 7 personnel and is served by a 24 member advisory committee made up of farmers, agricultural industry representatives, and extension agents representing the nine surrounding counties.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Farm operation duties include:

  • Maintain and perform minor repairs on vehicles and farm equipment: general building maintenance; maintain research center grounds and landscaping: seedbed preparation; planting and harvesting of field and research crops, soil sampling for nutrient analysis, apply and record use of fertilizers and/or pesticides to field crops, research plots, orchards and public grounds as necessary; manage and record all field and research irrigation; purchase and properly store agricultural chemicals; implement safety procedures; and maintain roadways on the station.

  • Research duties may include:

  • Application of treatments to research plots, recording field data and collecting and analyzing research samples/data using scientific equipment and supplies. Perform advanced and complex research-related tasks such as determining viability of specimens and day-to-day research activities. Occasional off-station travel transporting field and plot equipment by truck or combination of truck and trailer may be required.

  • Supervises/trains part-time and seasonal laborers: Individual will be responsible at times for the direct supervision and training of part-time and/or seasonal employees. Tasks include identification and prioritization of work tasks and delegation of tasks to part-time staff and seasonal workers.

  • Assists in preparing written materials such as bids for purchasing state equipment (i.e. tractors, equipment, etc.) purchasing forms, recording of plot data and record-keeping.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • High school diploma or GED is required.

  • Supervisory experience of part- and/or full-time employees.

  • Must be familiar with surface irrigation practices (ditch and gated pipe systems) common to the Yellowstone River valley of south-central Montana.

  • Computer proficiency.

  • Experience executing farm-related tasks (e.g., seeding and harvesting) in an applied research environment

  • Basic skills related to maintaining and simple repair of farm and field-research related equipment.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in an agriculture or a technology field.

  • Experience working on a research team.

  • Experience in maintaining electronic spreadsheets and databases.

  • The ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.

  • Experience with surface irrigation practices (ditch and gated pipe systems) common to the Yellowstone River valley of south-central Montana.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Work successfully with a diverse group of people.

  • Ability to follow detailed instructions and protocols.

  • Have the ability to consistently exercise initiative and good judgment

  • Effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Time management skills and be detail oriented.

  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively with co-workers.

  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and others in a team-oriented environment.

  • Be able to represent SARC and its programs in a professional and courteous manner.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    Continuation of employment is contingent upon performance and availability of funding

  • Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain (within six months of hire) a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points). Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

  • Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain (within six months of hire) a State of Montana Certified Government Applicators license for the control of agricultural pests.

  • Must be willing to work outside of traditional business hours (such as evenings and weekends) when research protocols dictate.

  • Occasional in- and out-of-state travel is required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

  • Must have the ability to maneuver 60 lbs with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Must have the ability to work in cold, hot, dusty, and/or windy conditions.

  • Must have the ability to navigate uneven terrain.

  • Must be willing to work outdoors in all types of adverse weather conditions.

  • Must be able to tolerate airborne irritants such as dust, pollen, and chemicals.

  • Must be able to traverse and maneuver under farm and seed processing equipment.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on 06/29/2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To be considered for this position, please upload:

  • Your current resume or CV.

  • Cover Letter outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification.

    Diversity Statement

    Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .