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Kansas State University Research Assistant in Manhattan, Kansas

About This Role:

The Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources within Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture is seeking applicants for a full-time 12-month Research Assistant to be located at our Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center in Manhattan, KS. The Center is a 10-acre facility located approximately three miles from the main campus. As an essential turfgrass team member, the Research Assistant supports the research activities of the turfgrass team, which currently includes six faculty and seven graduate students. Duties include, but are not limited to: maintaining the center to an acceptable visual appearance; overseeing day-to-day operations; coordinating the establishment and maintenance of turf research plots with turfgrass faculty and graduate students; hiring and managing student labor; acquiring donations from turfgrass industry suppliers to support operation of the center; maintaining and repairing the buildings, grounds, equipment and irrigation; and complying with state and federal pesticide regulations as they affect the center. The incumbent will also occasionally assist with research projects conducted in the greenhouse and with teaching of laboratory sections of a basic turfgrass management course. Occasional overtime may be required depending on weather, special events, or research project requirements.

Why Join Us:

The Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources originated in 1871 making it one of the first and oldest departments at Kansas State University. Today, as our mission statement underscores, we are committed to educating outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, contributing significant research results to solve problems associated with our disciplines, and providing our constituencies across the state, region and nation with excellent extension programs.

Our diverse department conducts its activities at a variety of locations with facilities on the main campus in Manhattan and outlying research and education centers.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  1. B.S. in horticulture or 5 years experience in turfgrass management

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. M.S. in horticulture or a related discipline with a background in turfgrass management, or at least 5 years experience as a turfgrass professional.

  2. Knowledge of turfgrass science research methods.

Other Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

  2. Valid Driver’s License within three months of employment. Have, or demonstrate the ability to obtain, a Kansas pesticide applicator license within six months of employment.

  3. Ability to lift 50 pounds, and to work outside in extreme weather conditions.

  4. Proficient oral and written communication skills in the English language.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Resume
  2. Letter of interest
  3. University transcripts
  4. Names/contact information for three (3) references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately. For best consideration, apply by September 4, 2020

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$18.26-$20.20 per hour _ _

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

Department: 3670010090 Horticulture Natural Resources

Job no: 509437

Work type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)

Location: Manhattan, Kansas

Categories: Agriculture, Research / Scientific / Grants, Horticulture

Pay Grade: 06B

Advertised: Jul 23, 2020 Central Daylight Time

Applications close: Open until filled

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