Seasonal Agricultural Worker

Rutgers University

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Recruitment/Posting Title Seasonal Agricultural Worker
Posting Number 23TM0160
Department SEBS-Plant Biology
Overview The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, located on the George H. Cook Campus, is one of the largest schools of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. We pursue excellence in research, teaching, and outreach in areas of study that address the biological spectrum from molecules to ecosystems. Our emphasis is on both the fundamental sciences and the social and human dimensions. We offer 21 undergraduate majors, including plant and animal sciences, microbiology, biotechnology, agriculture and food systems, landscape architecture, food and nutritional sciences, ecology and evolution, marine science and oceanography, environmental sciences and meteorology, human ecology, entomology, and environmental economics.
In addition to instruction in the classroom, field, and laboratory, our students have opportunities for experiential learning on and off campus, including a growing emphasis on international experiences through short- and long-term study abroad. Students also have access to a robust program of applied research and outreach hosted by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station laboratories, farms, business incubators, and marine stations throughout the state.
Posting Summary Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Seasonal Agricultural Worker for the Plant Biology Department. This position reports to Primary Investigator (PI) or supervisor designated Field Researcher.
Among the key duties are the following:

  • Establishes and maintains turfgrass research areas on farm which may include turfgrass nurseries, crossing blocks, seeded field trials, greenhouses; usually under supervision.
  • Watering, cutting, planting/establishing, or weeding research areas on research farms and in greenhouses.
  • Assists in establishment of breeding trials, plant tissue collection or harvest, and seed harvest/isolation/preparation/threshing and weighing.
  • May be asked to assist PI or researchers in data collection.
  • Performs additional duties on research farms deemed necessary for operation of a successful breeding program (cultivar development/research) as directed.
  • Assists in subsequent data collection during summer and biomass/seed harvest in summer and fall.
  • Occasional work in greenhouse facilities (plant propagation, maintenance, planning for springtime breeding research plantings) is essential to the successful breeding program at Rutgers.
Position Status Per Diem
Hours Per Week 40
Daily Work Shift Day
Work Arrangement This position requires a fully on-site work arrangement.
FLSA Nonexempt
Position Salary $15.00 – $20.00 per hour
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft
Terms of Appointment Temporary Staff Appointment – Hourly


Minimum Education and Experience
  • High school/vocational school education or equivalent experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Knowledge of plant biology or related discipline or prior related work experience.
  • Computer literacy.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions (rainy, windy, and/or cold temperatures) is a must.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and/or ability to work independently or with minimal supervision once trained is essential.
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment
  • Should be able to lift up to 40 pounds.
Special Conditions
  • Work week is typically a 40-hour week from 7:30AM to 4:00PM for up to 6 months of consecutive service.
  • Additional extension may be sought.
  • It might also require some weekend work.
  • Multiple positions available.

Posting Details

Posting Open Date 03/14/2023
Posting Close Date 04/14/2023
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Cook (RU-New Brunswick)
City New Brunswick
State NJ
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