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Agricultural Equipment Operator I

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 256276-TE
Work type: Temporary
Location: Rhinelander
Categories: Agricultural Operations

Job Summary:

Operate basic agricultural equipment required for seed potato production on the UW Lelah Stark Seed Potato Farm. Will aid in grading, cutting, planting, and harvesting tasks as time permits. Will participate in cleaning activities, sanitizing surfaces and equipment as needed to ensure program standards are met.

Responsibilities: Operates basic agricultural equipment and performs physical labor to maintain institutional agriculture in support of institutional goals.
  • 60% Operates, cleans, and repairs basic agricultural machines and equipment to ensure safety and operable functionality and to adhere to established rules, policies, and regulations
  • 15% Stages equipment and machines in preparation of agricultural activities
  • 10% Maintains organization of designated facilities and associated supplies, notifies appropriate entities of damaged materials or the need for supply replenishment
  • 5% Documents completion of duties according to established policies and procedures
  • 5% May perform general farm labor
  • 5% Performs sanitation in compliance with standard operating procedures for limiting plant disease
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


H.S. Diploma


Candidate should have experience operating basic agricultural equipment required for seed potato production on the UW Lelah Stark Seed Potato Farm. Experience in prepping, cleaning and basic repairs of equipment is a plus. The candidate would also be required to aid in grading, cutting, planting, and harvesting tasks as time permits. Person in the role would also participate in cleaning activities, sanitizing surfaces and equipment as needed to ensure program standards are met.

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Schedule:

Seasonal temporary position typically from mid-March through May, and again early-September through early-November with a max of 1044 hours worked in a calendar year. Work can be part to full time during these periods. Standard work hours are between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm, Monday ? Friday but occasional requests will be made for early evening/weekend work during planting/harvesting periods.

Work Type:

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended based on need and/or funding.


Minimum $16.75 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications

Additional Information:

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) 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. At CALS, we acknowledge that bias, prejudice, racism, and hate have historically occurred in many forms that cause significant and lasting harm to members of our community. We commit to taking actions each day toward a college that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

How to Apply:

Multiple positions available. To apply for this position click "Apply Now" and upload a cover letter on the UW website, applications are only considered through the portal.
A cover letter addressed to Bob Arndt, a current resume, and a document with the names and contact information of three professional references. A pdf document type is helpful for when uploading these files to website.

The application deadline is April 25th, however we will review applicants and conduct interviews/hires on a rolling basis beginning April 18th.


Candice Butler
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:

Agricultural Equipment Opr I(FP001)



Employment Class:

Temporary Employment

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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