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Montana State University Research Associate in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 23027

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Zachariah Miller

Classification Title Research Professional

Working Title Research Associate

Brief Position Overview

Position Number 4C2732

Department AES WARC

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 $38,000 - 43,000 per year, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

This position provides support to the horticultural and agronomic research programs at the WARC , including the supervision of part-time/seasonal employees who assist with these programs. The WARC is one of seven research centers distributed across Montana in the Department of Research Centers under the College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (map of research centers) . WARC is located in southwest Montana in the Bitterroot Valley, 45 miles south of Missoula. The goal of its researchers is to serve Montana fruit and vegetable growers by seeking more profitable ways to produce and market agricultural products. The area boasts spectacular scenery and rural appeal plus an array of recreational activities including fishing, hiking, hunting, photography, skiing, boating, and musical and cultural events

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include:

a. Assistance in the planning, design and implementation of field research projects, including the application of treatments to research plots; Field data recording and collection of research samples using scientifically prescribed methods.

b. Data compilation, entry and analysis, summarization and interpretation of research results.

c. Managing irrigation, soil nutrients, and pests which includes monitoring their levels in fields, maintaining supplies of nutrients and pesticides, mixing and application of these materials, and keeping records of their application.

d. Supervision and training field crews to ensure tasks are completed in a safe, effective, and timely manner.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • B.S. in Agronomy, Plant Science, or related field experience in scientific communication, literature review, and education/extension.

  • Experience in implementing field-based, agricultural/horticultural research.

  • Experience in farm/orchard and crop management.

  • Supervisory experience in research or agricultural field.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software programs.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • M.S. degree in horticulture, natural resources, environmental science, or agronomy.

  • Proficiency in experimental design and data analysis

  • Knowledge of the perennial fruit production, vineyard/orchard management practices.

  • Experience in data analysis, interpretation and presentation of research results.

  • Experience with lab analysis of fruit quality.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Ability to operate agricultural equipment/machinery.

  • Expertise in horticultural research, data collection, record keeping, and supervision of field crews.

  • Able to work productively with the station staff/faculty, and be able to work independently.

  • Possess skills in oral and written communication as they will prepare research results for print and web-based publications.

  • Possess interpersonal skills to engage with diverse collaborators, employees, and agricultural producers.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

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

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

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.

Physical Demands

With or without reasonable accommodations, the person in this position must be able to:

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

  • Must be able to move 40 pounds.

  • Must be able to safely use machinery.

  • Must be able to move and be in stationary position in rough terrain for long periods of time.

  • Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions.

  • Must be able to work with and around dust, pollen-bearing plants, and pesticides.

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.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on August 8, 2022; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

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.

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.

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