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Senior Agricultural Specialist Duties

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This is responsible professional and managerial work in planning, directing, and coordinating the overall activities of an Agricultural Experiment Station field research laboratory.

Work involves the responsibility for planning, organizing, and directing the day to day administration and managerial functions of a field research laboratory and supervising and participating in experimental farm programs and projects requiring the implementation of complex research procedures.
This classification is distinguished from the Agricultural Specialist classification by the complexity of operations and extent of supervisory responsibility. Work is reviewed principally through the observation of results and periodic conferences with administrative superiors.


Supervises field laboratory personnel involved in all phases of work performed for a large number of soil, and plant, or animal scientist including land preparation, planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, and decisions on pest control measures.

Coordinates research activities with university departments as well as state and federal agencies.

Meets with scientists to discuss program needs, makes land assignments for scientists and graduate students.

Determines cropping systems, labor, pesticides, and other general research needs and requirements.

Coordinates field laboratory aspects for a large group of research technicians and graduate students working the UGA scientific programs.

Supervises and/or resolves problems encountered in field laboratory operations including equipment repair, soil conservation, disease, nematode and insect infestations, weeds, pesticide safety, water conservation, and irrigation.

Determines and prioritizes needs and purchases of equipment, laboratory shop supplies, fuel, oil, fertilizer, pesticides, and building and equipment maintenance.

Plans annual and long-range budgets and operations procedures for proper management and conduct of research at the plant sciences field laboratory.

Hires laboratory personnel and terminates when necessary.

Performs annual evaluation of laboratory personnel.

Maintains petty cash account.

Watches markets and sells farm products grown on plots and other lands on laboratory.

Collects soil samples and maintains records on all areas relative to fertility and use history.

Provides proper irrigation and water management for field research efforts.

Maintains a daily work and plot management log to provide long-term field management history.

Provides records of field laboratory work efforts to administrators and scientists for accounting purposes.

Attends technical informational exchange programs and evaluates technological changes for implementation on the laboratory.

Provides educational tours for high school and college students associated with classroom instruction and/or soil judging work.

Performs related work as required.

Completion of college level course work from an accredited college or university equivalent to a master's degree with major course work in Agronomy or other crop sciences, and extensive experience in farm management; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Possession of a valid State of Georgia pesticide applications license.

Knowledge of crop plant pests, such as weeds, insects, and diseases.

Knowledge of proper pesticide safety and usage.

Knowledge of hazardous materials handling and disposal.

Knowledge of soil fertility and testing.

Knowledge of up-to-date crop management technology.

Knowledge of plant and soil science research methods, techniques, and procedures.

Knowledge of farm equipment, materials, and maintenance techniques.

Knowledge of budget management.

Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinate personnel.

Ability to maintain effective working relationships with many independent research scientists, their technicians and graduate students, and administrators.

Ability to maintain computerized records and prepare reports for scientists and administrators.

Ability to make hard personnel decisions.



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