Biological Scientist I

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Orange
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine
Department:60870000 - AG-MREC-APOPKA

Classification Title:

Biological Scientist I

Job Description:

Field Research : Support MREC faculty to install and maintain field research.  This will involve a functional understanding of field plot design to ensure experimental integrity, learn operation of sophisticated electronic equipment for measuring plant responses to experimental treatments, and data collection and processing.  This person will need experience, or be willing to receive training, in irrigation installation and maintenance and particularly in irrigation scheduling with time clocks, well operation and maintenance, and operating field equipment such as tractors, mowers, and fork lifts.  

Landscape Management :  Manage and help interpret MREC front demonstration landscapes.  Duties will include vegetation management (appropriate pruning and integrated weed control; obtain and keep current a pesticide applicator’s license); schedule irrigation, maintain system uniformity, and repair systems as needed; responsible for appropriate fertilization to maintain plant health and minimize leaching; implement integrated insect and disease control.  This person will also exercise a high degree of creativity and latitude in initiating revisions to the landscape design, including selecting and replacing appropriate plant material and replanting as needed to maintain a sustainable, low input landscape.

Greenhouse Support:  Serve as aid in back up for other technical support personnel by becoming familiar with general greenhouse operations, particularly irrigation, winterizing, spring start up, heating and cooling systems. 

Advertised Salary:

34,000-37,000 annually

Minimum Requirements:

BS degree in biology or closely related life science field

Preferred Qualifications:

BS degree in landscape, ornamental, or environmental horticulture, and an interest in subtropical plants.  Necessary to have a strong work ethic, a willingness to engage in physical labor outside under hot and humid conditions, and be a motivated self-starter.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

Applications must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. of the posting end date.

This position is eligible for veteran’s preference. If you are claiming veteran’s preference, please upload a copy of your DD 214 Member Copy 4 with your application for consideration. See our Veteran's Preference Page  for more specific information.

Health Assessment Required: Yes


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