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Apply now Job no: 232868-US
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Rhinelander
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Other

Position Summary:

The Rhinelander Agricultural Research Station, or RARS, is part of UW-Madison and supports the research and outreach efforts of UW-Madison scientists, with a focus on potato breeding and variety development. RARS has 170 tillable acres, managed on a 3-year rotation for seed potato production. The station has seven greenhouses totaling 13,000 sq. ft. and controlled environment storage for 2,500 cwt. This positon provides administrative and research support to the Superintendent and Principal Investigator (PI) to work towards the mission and goals of RARS.

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:

-Knowledge and experience in establishing and monitoring horticultural plantings.
-Knowledge and experience in plant insect, disease and weed pest problems.
-Knowledge of basic greenhouse and field operations and maintenance.
-Knowledge and experience in plant watering requirements.
-Knowledge and experience in the proper and safe operation of garden tools motor vehicles, tractors, lawn mowers, utility vehicles, etc.
-Ability to follow detailed instructions and keep very detailed records throughout the year.
-Ability to adapt to changes and new responsibilities with a willingness to cross-train.
-Ability to effectively communicate and work with supervisor, researchers, co-workers and students as part of a team.
-Knowledge of financial and budget concepts and processes and the ability to reconcile and balance.
-Ability to learn UW accounting and HR policies and procedures.
-Effective written and oral communication skills while maintaining confidentiality.
-Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, Publisher, Powerpoint, and Quickbooks or other accounting software.
-Knowledge of recordkeeping practices and filing procedures.
-Ability to make independent judgments on action to be taken based on contents of information/documentation reviewed.
-Excellent problem-solving skills and independent decision-making skills. Ability to interpret rules and regulations.
-Reliable, responsible and dependable.

Additional Information:

-Must hold a valid Wisconsin driver license
-Ability to complete forklift certification
-Ability to lift 50 lbs during planting and harvest
-A criminal background check will be required
-A probationary period will be required



Work Schedule:

Normal working hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00am ? 3:30pm, but the Horticultural Technician is expected to participate in a weekend watering rotation and adjust weekday hours accordingly. Some overtime during the field season at RARS is expected and when commuting to the Hancock Research Station, which is two hours from RARS. At times it may be required to have out of town overnight stays to facilitate operational needs.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $16.00 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, 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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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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