$0.00-$478.93 Hourly / $0.00-$0.00 BiWeekly /
At the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station this entry-level class is responsible for performing a full range of basic technical field and laboratory tasks with an emphasis on the preparation of simple to moderately complex solutions, stains, culture media and/or reagents; the preparation of specimens/samples for analysis using simple to more advanced, moderately complex techniques; performing routine technical examinations according to prescribed procedures.
Initially works under the close supervision of an employee of higher grade; works more independently with acquired experience.
IN THE FIELD: collects samples of plants, insects and soils; applies treatments; counts insects or plants; may tend plots; at times, works on the basis of written and oral instructions; performs related duties as required.
IN THE LABORATORY: prepares simple to moderately complex solutions, stains, culture media, and/or reagents; prepares specimens/samples using simple to more advanced, moderately complex techniques; assists in or performs routine to more complex technical tests and examinations according to prescribed procedures; prepares reports and maintains records of laboratory findings; tabulates and summarizes data; may assist in training lower rank staff members in preparatory techniques; may check work for conformity with required procedures; may sterilize/clean equipment; performs related duties as required.
Some knowledge of laboratory equipment, procedures, techniques, and terminology; manual dexterity and skills; some written and oral communication skills; ability to carry out written and oral instructions; ability to perform calculations according to prescribed procedures; ability to prepare/maintain technical records; ability to prepare reports; ability to utilize computer software; mathematical ability.
High school graduation or possession of General Educational Development (GED) certification and two (2) years of experience in related laboratory work.
College training in the biological or physical sciences may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of two (2) years for an Associate’s degree.
Incumbents in this class may be required lift heavy objects, such as standard laboratory equipment and/or supplies; may be exposed to some risk of injury from such hazards as broken glass, chemicals, and toxic or disease-carrying substances.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Agricultural Research Assistant 2 in Salary Group VR 99 approved effective January 13, 1989. (2013 SCOPE Review)
Agricultural Research Assistant 2
Guidelines for Class Use
Incumbents perform routine laboratory and field duties with supervision. Incumbents exhibit skill in identifying the major classes or groups of materials collected or counted. With the aid of a map, incumbents locate established field plots and record location of newly established field plots. Incumbents record observations and measurements in written records, by photography and electronic data entry.
At this entry-level, incumbents perform routine technical laboratory work, with an emphasis on making simple as well as moderately complex solutions, stains, culture media and/or reagents, preparing specimens/samples for more complex analyses, and performing routine technical examinations according to prescribed procedures. Indications of the level of work performed follow.
1. Preparation of "moderately complex" solutions generally involves the mixing of several ingredients with water and the use of calculations. The use of a precision top-loading balance (more accurate than a trip balance) may be required, as well as graduated glassware and a pH meter for purposes of making adjustments. (NOTE: The use of analytical balances may be required at this level on a limited basis).
2. In preparing specimens/samples for analysis, incumbents may be required to use simple techniques such as those noted above, as well as more advanced techniques such as streaking plates and selecting bacterial colonies, pipetting samples and inoculating media (microbiology), and clarifying samples through separation and filtration using more complex types of solutions (chemistry).
3. Routine tests and examinations may also be performed at this level, according to standard, prescribed procedures. Incumbents should be able to take basic readings and record results but should not be expected to interpret the results. The use of equipment such as gas chromatographs and spectrophotometers may be required. Examples of tests performed at this level include analysis for the presence of parasites and plant pathogens (pathology); and enzymes.
4. In general, a degree of technical skill is required at this level, but incumbents still work under prescribed guidelines and exercise little independent judgment (e.g., interpretation of results).