$0.00-$478.93 Hourly / $0.00-$0.00 BiWeekly /
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.
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; receives oral and written instructions; may tend plots; performs related duties as required.
IN THE LABORATORY: prepares specimens/samples, culture media, solutions, analytical balances, specialized techniques and calibrated measuring devices; performs independent calculations; performs more complex technical examinations; performs routine physical and chemical analyses; 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, 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 of specialized laboratory techniques and procedures, oral and written communication skills; ability to make independent analytical judgments; ability to organize and prepare technical reports; ability to produce and maintain technical records; mathematical ability; ability to utilize computer software.
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 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.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Agricultural Research Assistant 3 in Salary Group VR 99 approved effective January 13, 1989. (2013 SCOPE Review)
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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.