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Montana State University Research Associate - Weed Science at SARC, Huntley, MT in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21036

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Lovreet Shergill at 406-348-3400 or

Classification Title Research Professional

Working Title Research Associate - Weed Science at SARC, Huntley, MT

Brief Position Overview

This Research Associate position is located at SARC, Huntley, MT. The person in this position will be responsible for managing field and greenhouse/ laboratory operations pertaining to Weed Science Research.

Position Number 4C2531

Department AES SARC

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Southern Agricultural Research Center (SARC) is a 462 acre facility located in the Huntley-Worden Irrigation Project approximately 15 miles east of Billings, Montana. The center conducts agronomic research and education programs for agriculture in the dryland and irrigated areas located in proximity to the Yellowstone River Valley of south-central Montana. Major crops include winter and spring wheat, malt and feed barley, oat, sugar beets, silage and field corn, dry beans, alfalfa, as well as substantial hay and pasture acreage. Sprinkler irrigation occurs in the region, but flood irrigation districts predominate in the river valleys where higher value crops are grown. Dryland small grains are mostly produced in crop-fallow rotations. Additional information about the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, the Department of Research Centers and the Southern Agricultural Research Center may be found by accessing MSU’s College of Agriculture web page at

Duties and Responsibilities

This position is expected to demonstrate initiative in carrying out the duties of this position. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Involved in the establishment and maintenance of:

  • Field research plots from planting to harvest.

  • Sample collection and processing.

  • Herbicide/pesticide spray operations.

  • Greenhouse/laboratory experiments.

  • Chemical/supplies inventory, purchasing.

  • Field data collection and data management.

  • Oversees the operation, maintenance and repair of research and field/heavy equipment, vehicles, and greenhouse/laboratory related to weed science program.

  • Supervises and trains full-time and part-time employees in weed science program.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • B.S. in Agronomy, Biology, or closely-related field.

  • Experience and accurate knowledge of agronomic practices including seedbed preparation, planting, fertilization, irrigation, pest management, harvest, and sample processing.

  • Capable of designing and laying out field research plots and herbicide applications using handheld and tractor-mounted sprayer.

  • Ability to operate farm equipment (tractor, planter, combines, tillage, spray equipment etc.).

  • Basic computer skills and ability to work with data management software for developing protocols and analyzing data.

  • Experience in supervising personnel.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • M.S. in Weed Science, Agronomy, Biology, or closely-related field.

  • Academic and/or production experience with dryland and irrigated crops and related cropping systems common to the intermountain regions of the western United States.

  • Experience in accurate data collection and management of large-scale field research experiments.

  • Farm experience including diagnosing and repairing farm equipment.

  • Demonstrated ability to work under minimum supervision while making good decisions and accomplishing tasks/workload in an accurate and timely manner.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

The Successful Candidate Will

Be an enthusiastic, motivated individual who works as a team member in support of the mission of SARC. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational skills, the ability to communicate verbally and in writing, and will be a critical thinker who can effectively prioritize and manage several projects at once. The individual must be able to work cooperatively with others, as well as independently. The successful candidate will have the ability to understand and follow instructions and procedures; to effectively operate work related equipment; to maintain confidentiality of records and information; to establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers, faculty, and staff in a team-oriented environment; to represent SARC to others in a professional and courteous manner.

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.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

  • Must possess or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana driver’s license within six months of hire.

  • Must possess or be able to obtain a pesticide applicators license within six months of hire.

  • Must be willing to work outside of traditional business hours when research protocols dictate.

  • Must be able to drive a pick-up truck while towing trailers or farm implements.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to enter, exit and operate numerous types of farm machinery.

  • Must have ability to maneuver up to 80 pounds.

  • Must have the ability to navigate uneven terrain.

  • Position will require employee to work both indoors and outdoors

  • Exposure to all types of adverse weather conditions.

  • Exposure to airborne irritants such as dust, pollen, and chemicals.

  • Must be willing to work outside of traditional business hours when research protocols dictate.

  • Occasional in-and-out-of-state travel will be required.

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 09/28/2020; 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, a document outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification and transcripts from college or university.

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: .