Horticulture Aide/Machine Operator

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Full/Part Time:


Operate a variety of farm equipment such as tractors, plows, disks, harrows, planters, rototillers, etc., to prepare soil for planting, cultivating, spraying of orchards, vegetables plots and ornamental nursery. Assist in hand operations of planting, harvesting, weeding. Erect new equipment and other special structures. On occasion, direct work of seasonal employees. Assist in planting, pruning, training, budding, grafting, harvesting, mowing, frost control, and monitoring of conditions in orchard. Collect various types of data involving measurements, sampling and yields, also assist graduate students with similar procedures and experiments. Prepare chemical solutions and weigh out fertilizers and pesticides for various research and maintenance sprays. Operate a variety of research equipment, trucks, sprayers, pruners, mowers, chain saws, irrigation equipment, etc. Perform maintenance on various equipment such as cleaning, greasing, welding, etc., and maintaining farm inventories, also keeping clean and improving buildings and farm grounds. Perform other related duties. Job Requirements: Requires the use of shop mathematics together with the use of complicated drawings, specifications, charts, tables, various types of adjustable measuring instruments and the training generally applicable in a particular or specialized occupation. Equivalent to 2 to 3 years applied trades training. Knowledge of orchard management, the use of spraying techniques and the mixing of sprays by formula. Requires a Pennsylvania Commercial Driver`s License (CDL) Class A with air brake restriction L lifted, and a Category 18 Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator`s License. Over 18 months up to and including 3 years of effective experience. Shift: 7:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Days Off: Saturday, Sunday NOTE: THIS POSITION REQUIRES THAT YOU OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE AS 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. NOTE: THIS POSITION IS SUBJECT TO FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TESTING FOR ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (49 CFR PART 40), AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS AS PER PA. CODE 231.85.

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