In the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station this class is responsible for performing a full range of technical field and laboratory tasks with emphasis on special techniques and more complex technical examinations involving calculations.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
Works under the general supervision of an employee of higher grade.
May lead lower-level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
IN THE FIELD
Works independently collecting samples, applying chemicals;
Inspects and certifies plants and plant products for export;
Accurately identifies and counts insects and plants;
Assists in the collection and identification of specimens for special laboratory studies;
Maintains inventories of all testing materials prepared/processed;
Records and maintains records of laboratory findings;
Prepares statistical tabulations and summaries;
Prepares verbal/written reports;
May sterilize/clean laboratory equipment;
May perform minor maintenance on laboratory equipment;
May lead staff members of lower job classification in preparatory techniques and performance of technical examinations;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of specialized laboratory techniques and procedures
Oral and written communication skills;
make independent analytical judgments;
organize and prepare technical reports;
produce and maintain technical records;
perform mathematical calculations;
utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
High School graduation or possession of General Educational Development (GED) certification; AND
Three (3) years of experience in related laboratory work.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
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 will be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties.
A physical examination may be required.
Incumbents in this class may be required to occasionally lift heavy objects, such as standard laboratory equipment and/or trays/boxes of glassware; may be exposed to some risk of injury from such hazards as broken glass, chemicals, and toxic or disease-carrying substances.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Agricultural Research Assistant 3 (37.5 Hour) in Salary Group VR 99 approved effective November 29, 2013. (Revised to modernize format and add Acknowledgement section. Reviewed for content.) Final No. 23-292
Agricultural Research Assistant 3
Guidelines for Class Use
At this level, incumbents perform moderately complex duties with general supervision working from written or oral instructions.
Incumbents exhibit skill in performing simple diagnoses of the cause of unusual or aberrant symptoms.
Incumbents lay out, establish and apply treatments to field plots.
Incumbents use prepared computer routines to tabulate and analyze field observations.
At this level, incumbents perform a range of technical laboratory duties, although the emphasis is on performing special techniques and more complex technical examinations in specialized laboratory settings.
Calculations and some advanced use of laboratory equipment and some independent analytical judgments are required.
Incumbents can be expected to prepare complex solutions, using such equipment as analytical balances and pH meters (for readings as well as adjustments), special techniques, and independent calculations.
Tests and examinations performed at this level differ in that incumbents can be expected to use more sophisticated techniques, exercise a significantly greater degree of independent judgment, interpret their own test results, and troubleshoot for accuracy.
In general, more specialized technical skills are required at this level. The work performed represents the highest level of technical expertise in this laboratory series.