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Job Vacancy #11-22 Agricultural, Research Associate, Akron, CO   arrow

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The Central Great Plains Research Station is a U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) facility that collaborates with Colorado State University and is operated for agricultural research with a primary emphasis upon dryland cropping systems. The Research Station is located in the Northeastern Plains of Colorado in Akron, CO

The research facility is approximately 600 acres which conducts both large- and small-scale research. The current emphasis of research is on dryland precision agriculture looking at management aspects and impacts upon cropping systems that are currently utilized in the High Plains Region.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on [Full Consideration Deadline: Monday, January 10, 2022. Please submit the following to to apply:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Special Required Documentation – Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all applicable “Required” and “Preferred” Job Qualifications. Please respond to each bullet point separately.

All applicants will be contacted approximately 15 working days after the deadline regarding their status. Next steps and interview dates will be shared to those moving forward. Four professional references will be requested of applicants that advance in the interview process.

For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Dennis Kaan at 970-345-2287 or


The Agricultural Research Associate will focus on the implementation and maintenance of the research protocol of the field research conducted at the Central Great Plains Research Station, under the supervision of the Research Leader and Extension Regional Specialist.

This position will collaborate with research faculty to administer research protocol on plots which will include planting and maintenance of research plots on the station. This person will also be responsible for maintenance of research equipment at the station.

The position will require work outside in conditions that can be either extreme heat or wind for collection of samples.


Agricultural Research Operations: 60%

  • Conduct agricultural research projects for the Central Great Plains Research Station.
  • Planting, harvesting, and maintenance of research plots and bulk fields on the station. 
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate resources and research, with personnel/staff of USDA – ARS, Colorado State University, and other organizations. 
  • Work with USDA – ARS and CSU faculty, technicians, and students to accomplish the goals of research projects. 

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Agricultural Equipment Maintenance: 40%

  • Perform routine maintenance and repair of field equipment.
  • Fabrication of equipment and parts.
  • Accomplish upkeep tasks that improve efficiency and safety of personnel

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

SALARY: The salary range for this position is $40,000 – $45,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.


  • Completed High School Diploma (or GED).
  • Experience in operating farm-scale equipment.
  • Minimum 4 years-experience in operating field research equipment.
  • Fabrication and maintenance experience of agricultural equipment.
  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision in a diverse team environment
  • Ability to respond to the needs of varied audiences through adaptable written and verbal communication methods.
  • Exhibits planning and time-management skills.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 60 lbs. regularly. Examples include lifting bags of seed, samples, and larger parts for equipment.
  • Valid Colorado Department of Agriculture Private Pesticide applicators license or ability to obtain within 180 days of hire.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.


  • Experience in computer data entry/management.
  • Experience leveraging agricultural knowledge in a research environment.

BENEFITS: Colorado State University is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas.

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The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Application process and additional information may be obtained at