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Agricultural Specialist III

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Animal and Poultry Sciences
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

The Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences seeks a multitalented individual to fill the role of an Agricultural Specialist (two positions available). Responsibilities would include but not be limited to operate and maintain sophisticated agricultural equipment with a very proficient level of skill and maintains a highly accurate, ongoing log of production and plot data and other information, assist with corn and hay production, fence construction, machinery and equipment repairs, building maintenance and repairs, grounds upkeep, handling and working with multiple species of livestock.

Required Qualifications

B.S. in Agriculture or equivalent level of education and applicable experience; Agricultural research and/or agricultural production experience; Experience with operation and maintenance of a variety of agricultural equipment, as well as pesticide spraying equipment, chainsaws and other power tools; Skilled in operation and repair of agricultural tractors and machinery; welding, use of tools, and any of the following: plumbing, carpentry, electrical, and masonry; Experience with agricultural fence construction and maintenance; Experience hauling livestock and farm or other equipment; Must have a valid CDL with any required endorsements within six (6) months of employment; Must have Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) for swine within six (6) months of employment. Proficiency with Microsoft Office or equivalent; Must be able to work with farm management in a multilayered production setting.

Preferred Qualifications

Valid CDL with any required endorsements; pesticide spraying license, within 2 years.

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Commensurate with Experience

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Mr. Clint Steger at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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