Utah State University

Agricultural Systems Research Technician II

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(7/1/2022 10:47 AM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
30 Hours per week
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Applied Sciences Technology & Educ
Advertised Salary
$27,000 minimum for the .75 position - Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.


The Agricultural Systems Technology & Education Department at Utah State University seeks an experienced and highly professional Research Technician to work in a multi-faceted, team-based environment.  This position will work with closely with one faculty member helping support Extension and research work.  The Extension role encompasses two programs:

  1. AgrAbility of Utah -- a program designed to help farmers and ranchers with disabilities remain in agriculture
  2. Agricultural Environmental Quality Extension program -- addressing manure management, water quality, and air quality issues in agriculture. 

The research program examines nutrient cycling in agricultural systems.  The Extension program duties include developing and conducting educational and outreach activities, website maintenance, and the development of factsheets.  The research program duties include supervision of student workers, coordination of data collection, sample analyses, purchasing of supplies, and assistance with data analyses.  The position requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to balance multiple projects and deadlines, and the desire and capacity to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a productive team.


Extension Responsibilities include:

  1. Develop Extension programs focusing on waste management, environmental quality, and disabilities in agriculture.
  2. Conduct educational presentations for agriculturalists, youth, and students.
  3. Develop factsheets and information sheets.
  4. Assist with day-to-day operations and supervision of hourly staff.
  5. Update and maintain websites.

Research Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct research examining nutrient cycling, agricultural waste management, and farm safety.
  2. Analyze soil, water, plant, and manure samples.
  3. Supervise student workers.
  4. Oversee and coordinate data and sample collection.
  5. Collect and analyze research data.
  6. Assist in publication development.
  7. Work with livestock and farm equipment. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience or an associate degree/vocational training is required.
  • Understanding of research and statistical analyses.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a timely and effective manner.
  • Efficient, accurate, and detail-oriented approach to all work.
  • Ability to work independently, but collaboratively, with limited supervision and good intra-office communication.
  • Collaborative, organizational, and problem-solving skills, with proven ability to prioritize and work as a team on time-sensitive projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively and professionally with researchers, agricultural professionals, students, producers, and the public. 
  • Good understanding of the English language, including spelling, grammar, letter writing, and excellent proofreading skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture or other related field of study.
  • Agricultural production and/or equipment operation experience.
  • Prior experience with statistical formulas and analyzing data with Excel or other programs.
  • Prior experience analyzing samples and using laboratory equipment.
  • Available and able to travel overnight within Utah (expenses reimbursed).

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Three Professional References with contact information
  3. Un-official electronic transcripts to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”
  4. Cover Letter describing your qualifications for this position to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

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

Advertised Salary

$27,000 minimum for the .75 position - Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.


This position requires moderate physical activity. Employees must have sufficient strength to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position including moderate lifting (up to 50 pounds), walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, and squatting. This position requires nearly continuous standing, repetitive hand motions, and reaching overhead. Employees may be exposed to unusual elements including extreme temperatures, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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.


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.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

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 Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

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

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

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*Updated 08/2022


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