Research Technologist 4 (Roadside Vegetation Management)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Plant Science
Full/Part Time:


Starting Date, July 1 or as negotiated. This position provides research, technical, administrative, and outreach education support for a research project on roadside vegetation management. Position duties include developing and conducting of complex laboratory, greenhouse and field research experiments evaluating vegetation management practices and materials; creating and delivering adult education curricula (e.g., arboriculture and CORE and Category 10 Vegetation Management pesticide education certification and re-certification programs) and technically oriented research presentations to professionals in the field and classroom; organizing and conducting two annual conferences and a field day; assisting faculty and team members in design of research projects and preparation of research proposals; providing cooperative and consultative expertise to other research, public service, and educational organizations; operating complex scientific equipment in data collection and maintaining tractor-based and handheld pesticide application, cultural, and mechanical equipment under inhospitable non-cropland settings in conjunction with research and demonstrations conducted throughout Pennsylvania; providing necessary administrative and technical arrangements for research experiments and day-to-day oversight of project budgets, developing and submitting monthly and annual progress reports, and maintaining chemical inventories; supervising and training undergraduate (wage payroll, interns, work-study) and other professional personnel; and integrating and analyzing experimental data and results in preparation of annual reports, technical reports, publishing of journal articles, and consulting with associated organizations in utilization of research results. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher (Master's degree preferred) or higher plus ten years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Pennsylvania pesticide applicator certification including CORE, Category 10 (Right-of-way), and Category 18 (Research and Demonstration) will be required within 90 days after hire; and a valid driver's license for operation of university equipment on public roads. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088