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Montana State University Research Associate – Integrated Weed Ecology and Management in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21355

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Jane Mangold at 406-994-5513, jane.mangold@montana.edu or Fabian Menalled at 406-994-5883, menalled@montana.edu

Classification Title Research Professional

Working Title Research Associate – Integrated Weed Ecology and Management

Brief Position Overview

The Research Associate will be expected to coordinate activities with supervisors (Dr. Jane Mangold and Dr. Fabian Menalled) to accomplish the objectives of the Weed and Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Program in close communication but often with minimal supervision in conducting various tasks. Research sites will occur across Montana with the hub of activity originating in the Gallatin Valley near MSU . Occasionally, due to travel across the state and/or during field season (approximately May through October), long days will be required to perform time-sensitive weed management operations. The potential to acquire strong operational skills for small to medium-sized tractors, pesticide sprayers, tillage equipment, seeders, small-scale plot harvesters, and other farm and range management equipment is required. Basic mechanical skills are a key asset. Accurate data capture is required for a wide range of crops and rangeland plant communities in a variety of experiments. The ability to work with student researchers and supervise seasonal staff in accurate data collection and other routine field work is also required. Statistical analysis, report writing, and oral presentations skills are encouraged.

Position Number 4C0097

Department Land Resources & Environ Sci

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year

Semester

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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Contact HR for Determination

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Research Associate will be expected to coordinate activities with supervisors (Dr. Jane Mangold and Dr. Fabian Menalled) to accomplish the objectives of the Weed and Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Program in close communication but often with minimal supervision in conducting various tasks. Research sites will occur across Montana with the hub of activity originating in the Gallatin Valley near MSU . Occasionally, due to travel across the state and/or during field season (approximately May through October), long days will be required to perform time-sensitive weed management operations. Ability to acquire strong operational skills for small to medium-sized tractors, pesticide sprayers, tillage equipment, seeders, small-scale plot harvesters, and other farm and range management equipment is required. Basic mechanical skills are a key asset. Accurate data capture is required for a wide range of crops and rangeland plant communities in a variety of experiments. The ability to work with student researchers and supervise seasonal staff in accurate data collection and other routine field work is also required. Statistical analysis, report writing, and oral presentations skills are encouraged.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct experiments and trials as part of the Weed and Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Program in crop and rangeland systems in field, greenhouse, and laboratory environments.

  • Operate small to medium-sized tractors, ATVs, pesticide sprayers, seeders, tillage equipment, small-scale plot harvesters, and various other equipment associated with farm and range management.

  • Record all pertinent metadata related to management and environment conditions associated with experiments and trials.

  • Ability or desire to learn how to manage and collate large amounts of experiment and site data.

  • Collect, summarize, and analyze treatment data from field, lab, and greenhouse experiments.

  • Contribute to annual reporting of herbicide efficacy and safety trials and other weed management studies.

  • Supervise seasonal or temporary employees for accurate data capture and routine field work.

  • Assist undergraduate and graduate student researchers in the Weed and Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Program.

  • Assist with weed and invasive plant ecology and management teaching and Extension activities.

  • Interact with collaborators, stakeholders, and students in a professional manner.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • B.S. in agronomy, environmental sciences, range ecology or related field.

  • Working knowledge of field research procedures.

  • Potential to operate and perform routine maintenance on plot scale equipment.

  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently in Microsoft Office software, including Excel for data management.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • M.S. in agronomy, environmental sciences, range ecology or related field.

  • Experience with production of dryland crops and rangeland common to Montana.

  • Experience identifying plants in a variety of Montana plant communities from cropland to rangeland.

  • Experience in data analysis, including a Global Positioning System ( GPS ), and data manipulation using Excel and Geographic Information System ( GIS ) software.

  • Experience supervising undergraduate students for accurate data capture.

  • Experience in assisting graduate students in their field, greenhouse, and laboratory activities.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Operate and maintain various research-scale sowing, tillage, spraying, soil sampling and harvest equipment.

  • Capture data electronically, including with a Global Positioning System ( GPS ), and manipulate data using Excel and Geographic Information System ( GIS ) software.

  • Manage multiple projects at once, meeting associated deadlines.

  • Have strong organizational skills, including organizing schedules and physical workspace.

  • Have the ability to keep a regular work schedule.

  • Have the ability to pay attention to detail.

  • Work with a collaborative spirit and maintain a collegial atmosphere.

  • Interact with lab workers, external collaborators/stakeholders, and students in a professional, positive manner.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Must be able to tolerate soil and plant dust and pesticide application while wearing recommended safety gear.

  • This position requires seasonal travel to field sites to plant, maintain, and harvest research plots.

  • During trips to remote field locations, and or during planting and harvest, work hours may be more than 8 hours per individual day. Overnight trips may be required.

  • Seasonally travel to research locations across Montana to plant, maintain and harvest research plots. Travel outside Montana may be required

  • 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.

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

  • Be able to maneuver 50 lbs.

  • Be able to work in inclement weather conditions.

  • Be able to squat and bend over repeatedly.

  • With or without reasonable accommodation, the person in this position must be able to safely operate full size pickups, ATVs, research plot scale tractors, planters and combines, as well as other stationary crop threshing and soil grinding 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 07/21/2021 ; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To apply, upload your resume and a 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 (http://www.montana.edu/hr/dualcareer.html) .

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; recruitment@montana.edu .

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: http://www.montana.edu/hr/disability_accommodation/complaints_grievances.html (http://www.montana.edu/hr/disability_accommodation/complaints_grievances.html%20) .

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