Utah State University

Research Technician

City Ephraim
Posted Date 6 days ago(8/4/2022 5:43 PM)
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 - 40 hours per week
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Plants Soils & Climate
Advertised Salary
Minimum $40,000 DOE and hours worked per week plus excellent benefits


Utah State University seeks an individual to represent the Utah Crop Improvement Association in Central and Southern Utah.  The position will assist in the seed certification program and in the management of the Sustainable Ag Education (SAGE) Center in Sanpete County. The Department will hire the successful applicant at the Research Technician II or III level, commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Work schedule may be flexible between 30-40 hours/week depending on the needs of the Department and the individual selected. 

Minimum salary of $40,000 depending on qualifications and hours worked per week.


Assist in, promote and manage duties related to the seed certification program to farmers and other public by maintaining high visibility of certification program and encouraging the use of certified seed. Applicant must be easily accessible to farmers, agriculture, seed growers, and other related seed industry personnel. Applicant will need to accurately identify rangeland plants and assess wildland seed collection practices and yield potential. Applicant will also assist farmers through seed field and farm equipment inspections, seed production practices, and monitoring wildland seed collectors. They must learn to accurately assess crop quality factors in the field to meet seed certification standards. The applicant will also make other seed processing related inspections to help seed lots meet certification standards. Travel to look at wildland seed collection sites throughout the Western United States will be needed. Accurate and prompt record keeping, general office work, and reporting will be required.


Manage irrigated pasture, agronomy, and community garden plots for research and demonstration in Ephraim, UT. Assist with 4-H youth programs. Some of the responsibilities include: Tilling, planting, weeding, sprinkler irrigation and electric fence maintenance. Ability to lift heavy objects, use power tools, and drive and maintain farm equipment. Develop conduct and report on research projects. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • The position will be hired at either a Research Technician II or III.  Minimum Qualifications for each level are the following:
    • For Research Technician II:  Two years of experience or an associate degree/vocational training.
    • For Research Technician III:  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.
  • Applicant will be expected to learn to identify reclamation plants and seeds on wildland sites.
  • Applicant should also have experience in production agriculture, preferably small grains, alfalfa seed, and grass seed, and be able to recognize genetic off-types, weeds, and diseases that potentially contaminate seed crops.
  • Applicant must also be able to perform general agricultural related labor including walking in uneven terrain, climbing, and tolerating extreme weather conditions, dust, and pollen.
  • Applicant must have good personal and communication skills to work with, understand, and resolve concerns with farmers, seedsmen, and other agricultural colleagues.
  • Applicant will need to effectively communicate with colleagues.
  • 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.
  • Experience in farm management.
  • Experience using basic computer programs to communicate and document research.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Reliable
  • Ability to work outside in adverse weather
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-motivated

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. Contact information for three professional references
  3. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application 

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

Advertised Salary

Minimum $40,000 DOE and hours worked per week plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

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, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

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 04/18/2022


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