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Agricultural Specialist

Agriculture / Life Science


Agricultural Specialist

  • 522519
  • Suffolk, Virginia, United States
  • Tidewater AREC
  • Agriculture / Life Science
  • Staff
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

This is an off-campus position based at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) located in Suffolk, Virginia, one of eleven off-campus centers operating within Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This position will provide research and technical support for agronomic research program. Primary duties of the position include: effective implementation of research and variety testing protocols; routine supervision of agricultural technicians, graduate students, and wage employees; safe operation of research equipment; and good communication with research and variety test cooperators. The position requires travel within the state to cooperating research sites with occasional overnight stays, a general knowledge of agronomic principles, the ability to operate and transport research equipment, accurately collect research data, and work well with others in a team environment.

Required Qualifications

Associates degree in agricultural sciences or equivalent experience; competence using computer software for planting and harvest equipment, data download and entry, and electronic communication; ability to supervise employees and students; competence to safely operate and transport field equipment (tractors, sprayers, combines); ability to follow instructions, maintain records, and communicate effectively in oral and written English; must have a valid operator’s license and good driving record.

Preferred Qualifications

College level training or work experience with agronomic research and field research techniques; computer skills pertaining to data management (spreadsheet, database); experience operating and transporting field equipment. Must obtain category 10 pesticide applicator license and commercial driver's license within 6 months of employment

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date


Additional Information

Must have a valid operator’s license and good driving record.

Must obtain category 10 pesticide applicator license and commercial driver's license within 6 months of employment.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Christy Chavis at christyc21@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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