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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Employment Program - Job Description

Job Title

Agronomy Laboratory Assistant



Job Description

To provide preparation and clean-up in the Plant and Soil Laboratories

Assist in setting up and breaking down Plant Science and Soil laboratory exercises; Have the ability to prepare laboratory materials for respective courses, including proper mixing of chemical reagents; Maintain a clean and organized laboratory environment which will include the periodic cleaning/sanitation of laboratory benches, glassware, equipment, etc; Manage classroom materials for introductory agronomy courses; Collect, correctly identify and mount plant, seed and soil samples; Prepare plant and soil samples for laboratory analysis; Operate general laboratory equipment including grinders, shakers, pipettes, centrifuge, spectrophotometers, pH meters; Operate general agriculture equipment including ATVs, general construction and agricultural hand tools; Recognize, initiate and complete various tasks without supervisor intervention


  •  Ability to follow oral and written instructions

Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving:

  • Complete and update hazardous materials inventory
  • Manage classroom materials for introductory agronomy courses


  • General knowledge of Microsoft Office

Self-Directed Learning:

  • Have ability to recognize, initiate and complete various tasks

Competence in a Discipline:

  • Prepare and standardize laboratory materials & equipment
  • Basic knowledge of agronomic plants, chemicals & equipment/tools

Personal/Social Development:

  • Pay attention to detail

Team Work/Team Leading:

  • Demonstrate ability to work positively with others


  • Have ability to work with diverse on campus populations


Ideal candidate will have: Experience with general laboratory and farm equipment; Ability to identify crop and weed plant and seed materials; Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Candidates are required to be: Self motivated; Able to work independently while self-identifying tasks to be completed; Detail oriented; Able to maintain confidentiality; Able to work in at least 2 hour time blocks; Able to work in adverse weather conditions; Able to work in adverse weather conditions; Able to lift 50 pounds.

Wage Rate


Hours Available

10 Hours

Start Date

January 28, 2013

Application Deadline

January 23, 2013; Individual should apply in the Agricultural Sciences Main Office, Valk 101.


Dr. Jamie Patton & Dr. Thomas Zweifel


Valk 121 & Valk 124




Contact the Supervisor to apply for this position. Apply for positions for which you meet the qualifications.