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Apply now Job no: 231854-US
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Hancock
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Other

Position Summary:

The Hancock Agricultural Research Station is one of 12 UW-Madison research stations and is located in the central sands region. The station consists of approximately 452 acres of cropland with the primary focus being on vegetable crops (potato, snap beans, sweet corn, and cucumber) but also other agronomic crops (corn, soybean, and wheat). There are over 150 research projects annually at the station. This position is primarily responsible for performing functions associated with the establishment, maintenance, and harvest of research projects at the Hancock Research Station. The employee is expected to operate all types of hand and powered farm equipment, including unique, complex, and all specialized plot equipment. This position is expected to perform highly specialized research operations, but also general agriculture operations. The employee is expected to exercise initiative, troubleshoot/problem-solve, and think independently.

If hired at the objective level, duties will include: operate and maintain agricultural equipment, assist with irrigation equipment operations and maintenance, assist with specialized research-oriented work including planting, harvest and grading of potatoes and vegetables and general responsibilities including buildings and ground maintenance.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

No Degree Required

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

1. Knowledge of safe and proper operation of all types of motorized farm equipment, including tractors, self-propelled harvesters, and trucks (light and heavy)
2. Knowledge of operating principles and maintenance of irrigation systems
3. Knowledge of trouble shooting farm equipment malfunctions and proper maintenance
4. Ability to make accurate field application records
5. Knowledge of safe and proper use of hand, air, and electric shop tools
6. Knowledge of precautions and safe operating procedures for maintenance and shop repairs
7. Knowledge of methods, materials, and equipment necessary for production of agronomic and horticultural crops
8. Knowledge of safe and proper handling of fertilizers and pesticides
9. Helpful, cooperative attitude, and ability to interact positively with the public, station users, coworkers, and supervisors
10. Positive attitude towards work, pride in workmanship, and ability to remain composed and productive during difficult assignments and frustrating situation
11. Good manual dexterity, eye-hand-foot coordination and agility; good hand, arm, shoulder, leg, and back strength to handle tools and equipment

This vacancy is being posted at both the objective and senior level. Title will be determined by years of relevant work experience and qualifications. At an objective level, the position uses the employee's willingness to learn to complete necessary tasks with close supervision advancing to limited supervision. At the senior level, the employee's experience is used to complete necessary tasks with limited supervision.

Additional Information:

-Ability to lift 50 pounds
-A valid driver's license
-A criminal background check will be conducted
-A commercial applicators license
-Must be willing to work overtime, some weekends and holidays as required by the season and weather.
-A probationary period will be required.

Overall this is a 75% FTE. 100% for 9 months each year along with 3 months of being on a short work break.



Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Overtime, weekends and holidays as needed

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $15.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process please click on the `Apply Now' button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV and a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position.


Justin Cave
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

University Staff-Ongoing

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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