Research Associate, Southwestern Colorado Research Center

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
20 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Southwestern Colorado Research Center (SWCRC) is part of a network of 8 research centers (9 sites) throughout the state. Agricultural research in southwestern Colorado began at the San Juan Basin Research Center near Hesperus in1921. The major emphasis was to identify crop species and varieties adapted to the high altitudes of southwestern Colorado. The crops grown included grasses, clovers, alfalfa, field peas, corn, potatoes, dry beans, sugar beets, small grains, and vegetables. Research was conducted on both irrigated and dryland sites. The present 158 acre farm located 15 miles north of Cortez on County Road Z was purchased by the State Board of Agriculture in 1981.

Position Summary

Assists SWCRC personnel, Extension personnel, main campus researchers, non-CSU research cooperators and cooperative growers in the planning, execution and evaluation of research trials conducted on-site at the research center and on-farm.
Conducts field and research activities including: land preparation, planting, fertilization, chemical applications, irrigation, and harvest of crop trials.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Research Associate I plus 3 years relevant experience OR B.A./B.S. degree plus 3 years professional experience OR Master’s degree.
  • Degree(s)/educational emphasis in agricultural, biological, or ecological related discipline
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, and PPT
  • Ability to secure a valid Driver’s License or access to a qualified driver by start date
  • Ability to secure a Certified Operator’s License within 1 year of start date

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Specialized training and/or experience in farming or agriculture (primarily soils or crops), biological or ecological research and/or related project management experience
  • Certified Operator’s License
  • Qualified Supervisor Pesticide Applicator’s License
  • Demonstrated ability and knowledge of computer statistical software (such as SAS and JMP)
  • Demonstrated experience with farm machinery operation and maintenance
  • Demonstrated experience with crop plants; including planting and harvesting

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 Trials Establishment Duty/Responsibility

  • Assist SWCRC personnel, Extension personnel, main campus researchers, non-CSU research cooperators and cooperative growers in the planning, execution and evaluation of research trials conducted on-site at the research center and on-farm.
  • Conduct field and research activities including: land preparation, planting, fertilization, chemical applications, irrigation, and harvest of crop trials.
  • In carrying out research protocols, monitors and appraises plantings in relation to growth, nutrition, heat tolerance and cold hardiness, water stress, pest and weed populations, crop protection chemical applications and other factors important to the conduct of the research study.
  • Operate farm machinery and equipment as needed, including irrigation.

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Communications Coordination Duty/Responsibility

  • Assist with research center website, map generation, and organizing of outreach activities such as field tours for the research center or for grant based research.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Research Data Collection & Analysis Duty/Responsibility

  • Coordinate plant and soil sampling and measurements, including collection and storage.
  • Process samples for data collection, testing and analysis.
  • Enter and summarize data; limited statistical analysis.
  • Assist with report preparation and presentation.
  • Assist with preparing proposals and budget requirements.
  • Performs literature searches and researches the available technologies required to best perform activities associated with ongoing and new research, facility and equipment maintenance and land management at SWCRC.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

  • Supervise part-time, seasonal employees as necessary.

Percentage Of Time 10

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
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Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical - Successfully complete the WorkSteps evaluation., Essential Services Designation - Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare., Special Requirements/Other - Per CSU HDS food safety training policy, the incumbent must successfully pass the ServSafe certification exam within 6 months of hire date.

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.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.