Agricultural Technician

University of Maryland College of Agriculture   Salisbury, MD   Full-time     Other
Posted on March 3, 2023
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Position Number: 103071
Title: Agricultural Technician
Functional Title: Agricultural Technician
Category Status: 20-Nonexempt,Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: AGNR-AES-LESREC-Veg Res Farm Salisbury
Hiring Range Minimum: 37418
Hiring Range Maximum: 44901.6
Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
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Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
Responsible for assisting supervisor in the day-to-day operations and maintenance of facility. All aspects of field experiments and research, application of experimental treatments, plot maintenance, small and large plot harvesting, data collection and record keeping, general cropping and facility maintenance. Assist with repairs and maintenance of property and equipment to ensure operational readiness, safety and cleanliness.
Minimum Qualifications:
High School Diploma or GED

Three years in agricultural work, one year of which was in agricultural research.

Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities::
    • Thorough knowledge of and skill in the use of farm equipment.
    • General knowledge of and ability to use related laboratory equipment.
    • General knowledge of basic mathematics and ability to perform mathematical and algebraic calculations.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
    • Ability to lift and transport agricultural supplies, tools, and equipment, to climb and to perform extensive standing and walking.
    • Ability to wear and work in personal protective equipment.
    • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions.


  • Maryland Commercial Class B Driver’s License (CDL) – or obtain within six months of employment
  • Maryland Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License – or obtain within 12 months of employment
  • Nutrient Management Voucher Certificate – or obtain within 18 months of employment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of operation of farm equipment, large or small, for most primary and secondary tillage operations, cultivating, mowing, etc. 
  • Skills to perform routine maintenance and necessary repairs to agriculture equipment, farm vehicles and facilities. 
  • Ability to keep equipment service records on computerized database. 
  • Understand pesticide mixing along with application and the proper procedure of disposal and cleanup.
Additional Certifications:  
Additional Information:  
Job Risks Medical Clearance for Driving a Vehicle (ex Commercial Drivers License), Respiratory Protection
Physical Demands
  • Ability to work in a harsh environment; excessive heat, cold, dirt & noise.
  • Must be able to tolerate strenuous physical activity in adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift 50-100 lbs. & transport supplies, tools, and equipment, to climb and perform extensive standing and walking.
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment.
Posting Date: 02/24/2023
Closing Date: 03/10/2023
Open Until Filled No
Diversity Statement:
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.