General Nature of Work:
Performs paraprofessional duties related to agricultural research or animal care.
Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:
Examples of Work:
(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)
Assists professional staff in planning experiments, research projects and data collection activities.
Conducts or oversees experiments in a specialized area of agricultural research.
Tests seed for germination, purity and weed content.
Collects and records data from agricultural experiments, research projects or tests.
Maintains appropriate records.
Assists professional staff in data analysis and the preparation of reports.
Sets up, maintains and repairs laboratory and field equipment.
Supports animal surgical procedures through the preparation of subjects, medications and equipment.
Administers medications to animals; inoculates animals.
Collects blood samples and other specimens from animals.
Guides and instructs animal care technicians in the proper performance of their job duties.
Supervises the field work of aides, laborers and students engaged in agricultural research or demonstrations.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)
Knowledge of safety practices relevant to the area of employment.
Knowledge of how to properly care for animals or livestock.
Knowledge of the prevention and treatment of animal injuries and illnesses.
Knowledge of farm operations and farm management.
Knowledge of the methods and practices of agricultural research.
Knowledge of how to independently conduct scientific tests relevant to the area of employment.
Skill in the set up, operation and repair of laboratory and field equipment.
Ability to perform basic mathematical operations that involve fractions, percentages and decimals.
Ability to record data accurately and maintain records properly.
Ability to organize and present data.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to guide and train other employees.
Ability to plan, direct and review the work of subordinates.
State Minimum Training and Experience
State Necessary Special Requirements:
Certification as a laboratory animal technician may be required for positions responsible for the care of laboratory animals.
(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)
A high school diploma and experience in agricultural research or animal care that is directly related to the area of employment. An associate degree in animal health technology or a discipline related to agriculture may be substituted for the required work experience.