Technical Assistant I U Of M

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Cranbry Stat Ext
Pay Grade: 11
Categories: Research

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Participate in cranberry nutrition/hydrology laboratory and field research programs conducted by the Cranberry Plant Nutrition program at the Cranberry Station under the direction of the Cranberry Plant Nutritionist in collaboration with the USDA-ARS Hydrologist.  Conduct experiments, maintain laboratory, collect field samples, collect and analyze data, supervise hourly and summer assistants, assist graduate students.  Assist in the chemical analysis of samples.


Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Obtain materials, set up, conduct, and evaluate all aspects of experiments in the assigned program.
  • Unsupervised collections of data from field and lab studies.
  • Compile and analyze data and assist in generating reports and in preparing manuscripts. This will include statistical analyses.
  • Collaborate on study design and research questions as appropriate.
  • Maintain laboratory space, including day-to-day upkeep and ordering of supplies.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Operate motor vehicles as needed.  Out of state travel as needed.


Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Experience in laboratory and field research required.
  • Good communications and writing skills.
  • Ability to work with word processing and spreadsheet PC programs.
  • Highly motivated and able to work with minimal supervision and to function as part of a team.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Hydrology, Horticulture, or related field preferred.
  • Experience with SAS Institute Inc. brand statistical software preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment.


Additional Details/Qualifications Acquired on the Job

  • Design, installation and operation of hydrological monitoring equipment.
  • Preparation of water samples for analysis of nitrogen and phosphorus.
  • Statistical analysis.
  • Worker Protection Standard and Laboratory Safety training.


Work Schedule

37.5 hour work week Monday – Friday


Salary Information

Grade 11


As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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