OPS Research Assistant

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Work type: Temp Full-Time
Location: Hardee
Categories: Grant or Research Administration
Department:60780000 - AG-RCREC-ONA

Classification Title:

OPS Research Assistant

Job Description:

University of Florida/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center

Research Assistant Position – Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) site at the Univ. of Florida, Range Cattle REC in Ona, FL


The Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) network is a partnership among 18 agroecosystems across the United States that addresses the great and complex issues facing US food, feed, fuel, and fiber production (LTAR https://ltar.nal.usda.gov).

University of Florida, Range Cattle Research Center and its partner Archbold Biological Station (Archbold-UF Range Cattle Subtropical) LTAR sites are focused primarily on productivity and sustainability of forage-based grazing systems in subtropical environments with special emphasis on the impacts of grazing land management on ecosystem services under a climate change scenario. 

University of Florida, Range Cattle Research Center is accepting applications for a a research assistant position based at the UF RCREC site in Ona, FL. The position will be renewable contingent upon continued funding and the expectation is that these positions will remain in place for multiple years.

The Archbold-UF LTAR Research Assistant will perform and assist with data collection in support of LTAR activities.

General Tasks:

  • Responsible for collecting and processing plant, soil, water, and greenhouse gas samples from native and cultivated pastures
  • Responsible for entering data into excel spreadsheets in an organized manner
  • Responsible for performing maintenance activities on 2 eddy covariance towers
  • Responsible for assisting and/or performing laboratory analysis of soil, plant, water, and gas samples
  • Download data from field equipment
  • Maintains excellent records of all activities and data files
  • Performs other reasonable duties in cooperation with the LTAR Research Scientists, as needed.

It is expected that the research assistant will be able to perform most tasks independently as needed after initial training in tasks has been acquired. The research assistant will be willing to collect data in the field, drive field trucks between data collection sites, organize data into required formats, assist with fire and cattle management, and perform all task in a highly professional manner. Travel between the cooperating sites is expected.

Expected Salary:


Minimum Requirements:

A Bachelor Degree in Soil Science, Agronomy, Agroecology, or equivalent.

A valid driver license.

Willingness to work long hours in the field in sub-tropical Florida environment.

Preferred Qualifications:  
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please include a cover letter explaining your specific interest in joining the LTAR team, CV, and names and contact information of three references along with your application. Competitive salary with full benefits. The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutions dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

Health Assessment Required: No

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