Classification LA20 (Band )

State Specifications:

General Nature of Work:

Plans and conducts agricultural research projects or oversees the care of animals.

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.)

Confers with researchers to determine how projects and studies should be conducted.
Plans and coordinates activities that support agricultural or animal research.
Designs and carries out agricultural experiments.
Records, analyzes and presents research data.
Assists research scientists in the preparation of publications and reports.
Searches sources, such as reference materials and agricultural literature, to obtain information about research topics.
Oversees the captivity, transportation and display of animals and fowl.
Monitors the care and health of animals.
Supervises employees engaged agricultural research or animal care.
Explains requirements of research projects to subordinates and instructs them in the proper completion of related tasks; ensures that appropriate procedures are followed.

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 the goals and objectives of research programs.
Knowledge of safety practices relevant to the area of employment.
Knowledge of how to properly care for animals.
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 coordinate multiple facets of a research project.
Ability to perform mathematical operations related to specific research activities.
Ability to record data accurately and maintain records properly.
Ability to organize, analyze and present data.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to train other employees.
Ability to plan, direct and review the work of subordinates.

State Minimum Training and Experience

State Necessary Special Requirements:

Certification in an animal care technology field may be required for positions overseeing the care of laboratory animals.

Minimum Requirements:

(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)

A bachelor's degree in animal husbandry, agriculture or a related field and experience in agricultural research or animal care that is directly related to the area of employment. Work experience in animal care or agricultural research may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year-for-year basis.

MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:

This classification is not currently used at MUSC. Please contact the Department of Human Resources for more information.

MUSC Physical Requirements:

This classification is not currently used at MUSC. Please contact the Department of Human Resources for more information.