Agricultural Technician

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 013000 - South MS Branch Experiment Station
Location: South MS Area
Categories: Support Staff
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Perform routine and specialized procedures in support of horticulture research projects.

Salary Grade:  10

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Coastal Research and Extension Center serves as Mississippi State University's "southern exposure". South MS Branch Station is the headquarters of our horticulture program.

Area of Specialization:


Anticipated Appointment Date:

May 2022. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Assist horticulturist: 1) In the greenhouse - prepares media, germinates seed, transplants seedlings and rooted cuttings, maintains plants which includes spraying for pests, fertilizing, watering, controlling weeds and maintaining greenhouse equipment. 2) In the field - prepare land for planting; plant; cultivate; harvest; irrigate; fertilize; scout for weeds, insect pests, and diseases; and perform pest control. 3) Records data from greenhouse and field experiments. 4) Maintains field plots, keeps potting slab and greenhouses clean and orderly. 5) Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: High school diploma or GED.
Experience: One year of experience: six months of general experience and six months of related experience to the duties and responsibilities specified above.
Licenses: Valid driver's license. Mississippi Pesticide Applicator Certification (Category 10) to be obtained following employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Mississippi Pesticide Applicator Certification (Category 10) to be obtained following employment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to follow detailed instructions.
Ability to work with others.
Ability to work with pesticides.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

1) Ability to work in extreme weather conditions. 2) Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Please apply at by completing the support staff application.

Screening Date:

May 16, 2022. 

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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