Utah State University

Research Technician III - Seed Certification Technician

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 days ago(9/16/2020 1:00 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Plants Soils & Climate
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience and training


Utah Crop Improvement Association and Utah State University need an individual to represent Utah Crop Improvement Association in Northern Utah and surrounding areas by assisting in, and promoting the seed certification program, assisting seed farmers, and conditioners in production of high-quality certified seed.  Work load will average out to about 30 hours/ week annually (75% time).  Major workload will be during the months of June, July, and August.


Assist with work in Certified seed program. 


Seed Certification – 75% of time

  • Seed field and farm equipment inspection.
  • Inspect and accurately determine plant variety characteristics for genetic purity, and crop quality factors in certified seed production fields to meet certification standards.
  • Accurately identify each of the major crop plants, rangeland plants, and weeds.
  • Inspect wildland seed collection sites, and identify rangeland plants and yield potential.
  • Assist seed producers and seed conditioners in producing certified seed lots to meet certification standards.
  • Some travel throughout the Western United States will be needed.
  • Some general office work related to seed certification and production reporting will be required.

Foundation Seed – 25 % of time

  • Assist in foundation seed production, allocation and distribution.
  • Maintain, manage, and produce foundation seed from multiple sources including production on UAES farms.
  • Track, monitor, ship and invoice foundation seed distributions and inventory.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Four years of experience; or an associate degree plus two years of experience; or a bachelor’s degree; or an equivalent combination of education plus experience is required.
  • Applicant should have experience in production agriculture, preferably small grains, alfalfa seed, grass seed, and other forb and shrub seed production.
  • Applicant must be able identify and recognize differences in crop varieties, weeds, genetic off-types, and diseases that potentially contaminate seed crops.
  • Applicant will need to have experience in farm machinery operation, weed control, fertility, and crop irrigation for seed production. 
  • Perform general agricultural related labor including walking uneven terrain, climbing, and tolerating extreme weather conditions, dust, and pollen.
  • Must have good personal and communication skills to work with, understand, and resolve concerns with farmers and other agriculturalists and seedsmen.
  • Applicant will also be expected to learn to correctly identify reclamation plants and seeds on wildland sites. 
  • Must be self-motivated and willing to work alone.
  • Vehicle will be provided by employer but occasional use of personal vehicle may be needed (mileage reimbursed).
  • A Flexible work schedule is needed with concentration of work load during planting, seed harvest, and seed processing seasons. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some computer experience and personal communication skills are preferred and will be beneficial. 

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded in Candidate Profile

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted in a text box at the end of application 

3. Contact information for 3 Professional References


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience and training


The environment and physical requirements may change depending on the specific function of the work each department performs. Incumbents may be in both indoor and outdoor environments. Indoors, in an office space, event space, or public space are protected from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes. Incumbents may nearly continuously sit and often use repetitive hand motion (such as typing).

Outdoors, incumbents may not be protected from weather conditions and may be exposed to extreme heat and extreme cold. Bending, crawling, and crouching may be required. Incumbents may be required to lift, push, and/or pull objects up to 50 pounds and be required to walk and/or stand for long periods of time.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

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The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

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For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visithttps://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

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USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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