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Agricultural Assistant I
University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida
Date Posted 05/18/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Classification Title:

Agricultural Assistant I

Job Description:

Assists faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral associates in implementing experimental protocols, data collection, and allocating experimental animals to appropriate treatments according to the research plan determined in conjunction with the faculty supervisor.  The research effort includes numerous projects at multiple locations throughout the state. Conduct regularly scheduled research planning discussions with supervisor and researchers.  Supervise OPS personnel as needed to conduct research protocols.

Oversee the maintenance and construction of fences, feeders, irrigation systems, and other facilities according to the research protocol. Carry out cultivating, fertilizing, irrigating, planting, weed control, and harvesting operations in accordance with the research plan developed in discussions with the faculty supervisor.

Responsible for coordinating and managing all farm equipment by providing routine preventive maintenance, making necessary repairs, and maintaining accurate vehicle log sheets.  Equipment should be in “ready-to-use condition” at all times. Operates all farm equipment as necessary in a safe and responsible manner.  Maintains FEFL roadways and grounds by moving and performing other needed operations.  Keeps building and grounds orderly. Orders supplies within the guidelines established at the unit, and travels to pick up and deliver equipment and supplies.

Feed, weigh, and care for experimental animals. Acts independently to minimize damage to property or cattle by fire, frost, wild animals or another emergency. Other special assignments as needed.

Expected Salary:

$15.00 to $19.00 per hour, commensurate with experience and education.

Minimum Requirements:


Preferred Qualifications:

Ability to work independently in carrying out research plans developed by the faculty supervisor in a responsible and mature manner with minimal supervision. Being proactive to identify and address issues for the well-functioning of research team and facilities. Ability to convey clear and concise instructions to OPS personnel. Knowledge of specific cattle care procedures and the ability to implement these procedures in a safe and humane manner.  Ability to work cooperatively with all levels of employee and students.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter three references and resume.

This position is eligible for veteran’s preference. If you are claiming veteran’s preference, please upload a copy of your DD 214 Member Copy 4 with your application for consideration. See our Veteran's Preference Page for more specific information.

Pesticide Applicator License, Research Animal Use and Care Certification through the UF Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No


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