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Montana State University Research Assistant III in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21147

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Patrick Carr at 406-423-5421 or

Classification Title Research Asst III

Working Title Research Assistant III

Brief Position Overview

This position will coordinate and execute activities relating to the processing of grain and forage samples collected in small-plot research studies at the CARC and off-station sites. It will assist faculty and research associates in planting, fertilizing, pest control, harvesting, soil sampling, and other field activities when needed. Lastly, some supervising of summer student workers, student interns, and graduate students in required. This position is located at the Central Agricultural Research Center located in Moccasin, MT.

Position Number 4M0031

Department AES CARC

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 Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type Classified Salary

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Central Agricultural Research Center consists of 600 acres and serves agricultural producers by producing foundation seed of crop varieties developed and released by the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES), including cereals, oilseeds, pulses and forage crops. The current research center staff is comprised of one superintendent, two faculty, a farm operations manager, a farm mechanic and support personnel. A local advisory board made up of area producers and industry representatives from the surrounding counties, provides guidance on CARC research priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Determining grain/seed viability prior to planting, preparing and packaging grain/seed samples for planting.

  • Planting, maintaining, and harvesting field experiments.

  • Operating farm and research equipment.

  • Collecting and processing plant growth and grain/seed/forage data.

  • Organizing and entering lab-generated data.

  • Ensuring accurate and timely generation of data collected in field research experiments and summarizing analyses of those data in tables and figures.

  • Analyzing the efficacy of grain and seed procedures and protocols and putting in place best management practices for a research processing facility.

  • Supervising summer student workers, student interns, and graduate students.

  • Organizing and maintaining an electronic archive of all data collected at the CARC and associated off-station locations.

  • Providing training to and oversight of other research personnel in proper grain and seed field collection and processing methods.

  • Maintaining, calibrating, and (minor) repairing of equipment used in the field and in the processing facilities

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Associate’s degree in an agriculture or a technology field or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • Experience in the processing of grain/seed/forage samples in an applied research facility

  • Experience in maintaining electronic databases.

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

  • Ability to follow detailed instructions and protocols

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

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

  • Experience coordinating activities in a grain/seed/forage processing facility.

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

  • Experience working on a research team.

  • Computer proficiency

  • The ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Work successfully with a diverse group of people.

  • 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 CARC and its programs in a professional and courteous manner.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Must possess currently or be eligible to immediately obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points)

  • 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

  • Continuation of employment is contingent upon performance and availability of funding

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 50 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

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on 01/21/2021; 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 and a document 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: .