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Field Research Assistant

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*Attach* *Resume *Cover letter that indicated your interest in sustainable agriculture, research or food waste *3 Contacts for References

Position Details

Position Information

Vacancy Type Temporary
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Field Research Assistant
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range $10-$12/hr
Position Number 11ASO861
Work Schedule Monday-Friday with some weekends as needed.
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1
Department 111502 - Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Department CEFS
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Essential Job Duties

This position offers work with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) with a graduate student research project studying losses in vegetable crop in North Carolina. The project focus is measurement of vegetable crops that remain unharvested in fields, even though they are of edible and nutrient-dense quality.

The duties of this position include harvesting vegetable crops in the field, sample and data collection and entry, sorting produce, and operating a University vehicle. Occasional duties may include calculation, transcription field work planning, writing up short grower reports, and interacting with vegetable growers. The majority of this work will take place outside on a working commercial farm.

Other Work/Responsibilities


Minimum Experience/Education

-Enrolled in a B.S. or associates degree program (or already graduated) with evidence of the applicants desire to work in Horticulture.
-Interest in Sustainable Agriculture or food loss and waste is strongly encouraged.

Departmental Required Skills

-Must be able to work outdoors in unpleasant weather conditions, such as heat and humidity
-Must be able to lift at least 25 pounds on a routine basis.
-Must be able to stand, stoop, bend and walk on uneven terrain for extended periods of time.
-Valid drivers license
-Must be willing to work as part of a team, but also be independently motivated.
-Must have the highest regard for research accuracy
-Basic computer skills, such as Microsoft Office and email are required.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

-Prefer a student with a horticulture, agribusiness or food systems background and some research experience including data collection and knowledge of research methods.

Required License or Certification

-Valid drivers license

Special Instructions

*Cover letter that indicated your interest in sustainable agriculture, research or food waste
*3 Contacts for References

Job Open Date 04/24/2017
Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date 05/28/2017

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Are you currently enrolled in a B.S. or Associates degree program (or already graduated) with evidence of the desire to work in Horticulture?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have an interest in sustainable agriculture?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do have the ability to work outdoors in high temperatures and varying weather conditions?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Are you able to lift up to 25 pounds on a routine basis?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Are you able to perform the physical activities of standing, stooping, bending and walking on uneven terrain for extended periods of time?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have a valid Drivers License?
    • YES
    • NO
  9. * Are you able to work effectively as part of a team as well as independently?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * Do you possess a high regard for research accuracy?
    • Yes
    • No
  11. * Do you have basic computer skills, specifically with Microsoft Office and Email?
    • Yes
    • No

Application Materials Required

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents