Basic Job Description:
Set up and maintain laboratory and collect and record data to assist scientist in biology or related agricultural science experiments.
1) Receive and prepare laboratory samples for analysis, following proper protocols in order to ensure that they will be stored, prepared, and disposed of efficiently and effectively.
2) Record data pertaining to experimentation, research, and animal care.
3) Collect samples from crops or animals so testing can be performed.
4) Prepare data summaries, reports, and analyses that include results, charts, and graphs in order to document research findings and results.
5) Adjust testing equipment, and prepare culture media, following standard procedures.
6) Operate laboratory equipment such as spectrometers, nitrogen determination apparatus, air samplers, centrifuges, and PH meters in order to perform tests.
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7) Measure or weigh ingredients used in testing or for purposes such as animal feed.
8) Provide food and water to livestock and laboratory animals, and record details of their food consumption.
9) Plant seeds in specified areas, and count the resulting plants in order to determine the percentage of seeds that germinated.
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10) Supervise pest or weed control operations including locating and identifying pests or weeds, selecting chemicals and application methods, scheduling application, and training operators.
11) Measure and mark plot areas; and plow, disc, level, and otherwise prepare land for cultivated crops, orchards and vineyards.
12) Conduct insect and plant disease surveys.
13) Examine animals and specimens in order to determine the presence of diseases or other problems.
14) Perform general nursery duties such as propagating standard varieties of plant materials, collecting and germinating seeds, maintaining cuttings of plants, and controlling environmental conditions.
15) Operate farm machinery including tractors, plows, mowers, combines, balers, sprayers, earthmoving equipment, and trucks.
16) Perform crop production duties such as tilling, hoeing, pruning, weeding, and harvesting crops.
17) Devise cultural methods and environmental controls for plants for which guidelines are sketchy or nonexistent.
18) Maintain and repair agricultural facilities, equipment, and tools in order to ensure operational readiness, safety, and cleanliness.
19) Provide routine animal care such as taking and recording body measurements, applying identification, and assisting in the birthing process.
20) Set up laboratory or field equipment, and prepare sites for testing.
21) Transplant trees, vegetables, and/or horticultural plants.
22) Supervise and train agricultural technicians and farm laborers.
23) Prepare and present agricultural demonstrations.
24) Respond to inquiries and requests from the public that do not require specialized scientific knowledge or expertise.
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Holland / RIASEC Career Code: R-I-C SOC: 19-4011.01