General Nature of Work:
Plans and conducts the more complex agricultural research projects or directs the operations of a laboratory animal facility.
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.
Manages an experimental unit.
Conducts variety trials and evaluations of crops.
Records, analyzes and presents research data.
Prepares publications and reports.
Supervises employees engaged in agricultural research or research 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.
Coordinates the acquisition, transportation, care and final disposition of laboratory animals.
Develops and implements changes in animal research facility procedures and staffing.
Assists in directing the testing of seed samples for germination and purity.
Directs seed certification activities; performs administrative duties that require a detailed knowledge of seed certification practices.
Oversees business management activities related to the area of responsibility.
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 research 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.
Knowledge of seed certification or seed analysis practices and requirements.
Knowledge of personnel and other administrative practices in state government.
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 organize, analyze and present data.
Ability to keep accurate records and prepare reports and other written materials.
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.
(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 work experience that is directly related to the area of employment. Work experience that is directly related to the area of employment may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year-for-year basis.