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Assists in performing the Soil Testing Laboratory's analytical and clerical tasks. Performs pH determination and nutrient extraction for ICP analysis on over 50,000 soil samples annually. Also performs soluble salts and organic matter tests. Utilizes the lab's unique software to enter Soil Sample Information Sheets, generate, retrieve and revise reports. Assists with the lab's daily handling of funds. Provides customer support to the lab's clients of farmers, agribusiness personnel, homeowners, landscapers and researchers. This is a part-time, seasonal position with little to no hours in the summer, most hours worked October – April with the greatest number of hours typically from mid-February through mid-April. Days and hours vary M-F between 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Training or knowledge and experience in the sciences with general laboratory equipment, computers, reagents, procedures and analytical techniques; Ability to perform rapid, accurate, reproducible work and keep things in order despite interruptions, to work effectively with other, and to follow complex instructions; Ability to interact well with the public, and have keyboarding skills of reasonable speed with a high degree of accuracy; Must be able to repeatedly lift and carry up to 30 lbs. over short distances and above head level, and to climb a flight of stairs several times a day, and to work in environments of high soil dust, noise, with strong acids and odors, and adjacent to radio frequency electrical generators.
B.S. degree in chemistry or soil science; Experience with atomic spectroscopy (especially ICP-AES); Experience with MS Windows, Word, and Excel; Experience with customer service.
Employee Category: Hourly Wage Staff, limited to 1500 hrs/year
Appointment Type: Restricted
Percent Employment: Part-time
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