Field Technician in Dryland Crops

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
10 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
08 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Summary

The Field Technician will be responsible for all site management, including planting, fertilizing, pest control, and harvesting dryland grain and forage crops. The technician will also be responsible for communicating with collaborating producers, ordering supplies, assisting with data collection, recording data and all field activities, maintaining weather stations, and performing other duties as assigned. The incumbent must pay special attention to all field data collected and is expected to collect and maintain quality records. This person will coordinate with researchers and students to support additional field measurements as needed. This position will require extensive travel across the Central Great Plains to field sites, including hauling equipment using university vehicles. The normal annual work demands of this position are variable. Overtime and nights away from home will be required during busy planting and harvest times. The position can be based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, or another location within the region.

The physical demands of this position include some heavy lifting (50 pds.), frequent un/loading of agriculture machinery, and will require manual dexterity, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, handling and talking. Environmental conditions include exposure to weather and noise. Hazards include proximity to moving, mechanical parts and exposure to chemicals used in weed/pest control and fertilization.

Required Job Qualifications

B.S./B.A. degree.
Degree/emphasis in soil and crop sciences, agronomy, ecology or related areas.
Experience operating field crop planting, spraying, and/or harvesting equipment.
Commercial Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire.
Commercial pesticide applicator’s license or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire.
Close attention to detail and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
Must have the ability and desire to conduct fieldwork and be able to tolerate outdoor environmental conditions & physical surroundings.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Field-based agronomic research and data management experience.
Demonstrated general computer skills such as familiarity with MS Office Suite and email usage.
Demonstrated ability to be a self-starter and ability to organize a productive daily schedule.
Effective communication skills.

Diversity Statement

  • Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category

Research Plot Management


Plans and implements (hands-on) field activities to ensure that crops are planted, managed and harvested on schedule. Operates and maintains field equipment and maintains weather stations. Maintains accurate field records and enters management and yield information using standardized data formats. Communicates with project team regarding any anticipated changes in planned management activities outlined in the master plan.

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Research Support


Facilitates logistical activities and organization for field sampling in the plots by participating researchers. Maintains accurate plot maps. Assists with data collection when needed, particularly for soil moisture data and operation of soil hydraulic probe equipment.

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Interacts with Collaborating Farmers


Engages participating farmers to ensure that they are informed of significant changes or events and to understand their insights and concerns.

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Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by Monday, April 24, 2017. Applicants should upload the following: (1) A cover letter addressing your qualifications; (2) resume or CV; (3) contact information of three professional references, one of who is/was an immediate supervisor, who has firsthand knowledge of an applicant’s professional abilities. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates; and (4) Unofficial transcripts. For inquiries about the position, contact or For additional information about CAS AES, see:

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Special Requirements/Other - CDL/CPL

Search Contact

Meagan Schipanski, or Steven Fonte

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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