Research Technologist 2 (Horticulture Research Technician)

Penn State University

Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center
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Date Closing:
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Level/Salary Band:
02 – G – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Plant Science
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The Plant Science and Entomology departments at The Pennsylvania State University are searching for a full-time Research Technologist to provide technical support to research programs on insect-plant interactions with two new invasive insects, Spotted Lanternfly and Allium Leafminer. The successful candidate will primarily work with grapevines and Allium (onion, leeks, scallions, garlic) plants. This individual will be expected to conduct research projects on the effect of Spotted Lanternfly on grapevine physiology and production and perform insecticide trials with Allium plants under the direction of the supervisor and other team members. Primary duties include: establish, maintain, and harvest grapevines and Allium plants; setup and maintenance of multiple field experiments and projects; apply treatments and accurately collect insect and plant research data in the field; oversee the activities of seasonal and part-time wage staff and students; conduct minor equipment repairs and maintenance in order to perform accurate data collection; instruct others in the use of research protocols and instrumentation; interact with faculty, staff graduate students and cooperating growers; perform laboratory analysis to assess fruit maturity; operate equipment including tractors and pesticide sprayers. Outreach duties will include contributing to original content to engage audiences through innovative educational methods such as online courses, videos, mobile apps, and electronic publications in addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations. This job will be filled as a non-exempt level 2 position. The job will require occasional to frequent workdays exceeding 8 hours during the summer but will not exceed 40 hours per week. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience related to horticulture and/or entomology is highly preferred. Experience with viticulture, insect identification, and data collection is beneficial and preferred. Ability to work independently, coordinate several projects simultaneously, learn and operate computer driven technology for measuring plant physiology in field settings, and possess excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills are required. The candidate must demonstrate positive human relations and effective communication skills necessary to work effectively with team members, farmers, industry representatives, government officials, and the general public. Candidates must possess proficiency in working with basic computer software such as MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. A Pesticide Applicator Certification in category 18 is required and must be obtained within 90 days from date of hire. 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 check. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with good possibility of re-funding.

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