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GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
The BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH TECHNICIAN 2 provides technical support in the management and coordination of experiments for units involved in agriculture, forestry, and food science research. Work performed may include technical research management relating to animals, poultry, fish, plants, and forests and the maintenance of buildings, grounds, and equipment.
This is the second level of a three-level series. Employees in this class are distinguished from the lower- level by the requirement to apply more extensive knowledge of the research project goals and objectives; by more involvement with establishing research project procedures; by the coordination of the activities of a small research facility; and by more extensive technical management skills, such as maintaining the animal and poultry health management program, treating minor animal injuries and illnesses, administering vaccines, performing animal hygiene procedures, and assisting with breeding, birthing, and hatching programs, slaughtering and processing animals, propagating plants, treating, storing, and labeling seed and market products, and performing extensive equipment repairs. Employees in this class are distinguished from the higher level by the absence of responsibility for independent decision making, in conducting and reporting research trials. Employees in this class have assignments that do not require a high degree of technical knowledge of the research projects and are not responsible for instructing students in technical research procedures.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Unit Operation. Typical tasks: performs technical and manual functions, coordinates the activities of a small research facility (i.e. poultry farm, horse center, swine center), observes and makes suggestions for improvement and overall effectiveness of facilities, equipment, or technical procedures in support of units involved in one or more of the following research project specialties:
2. Buildings Ground, and Equipment Maintenance. Typical tasks: repairs, maintains, and constructs facilities such as roads, fences, buildings, and pens; repairs and maintains equipment, such as farm machinery, irrigation and spray equipment, motors, pumps, growth chambers, and grow lamps in greenhouses; cleans, repairs, and sanitizes milking equipment and facilities; constructs special equipment required for research projects such as benches, fish tanks, and pumps.
3. Data Collection. Typical tasks: records and summarizes observations, measurements, and processes performed during research as required by research project leader (e.g., tree measurements, animal growth or production data, feed records, breeding and birthing records); ensures all data is collected as prescribed and may input data into a computer.
4. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: directs and assigns work to student workers and seasonal employees; prepares orders for procurement of supplies and minor equipment; assists instructors in demonstrating technical management skills during laboratory classes; keeps records and stores inventories (e.g., plant materials and supplies, laboratory supplies, animal, poultry and fish diet ingredients, building and equipment maintenance supplies) and prepares orders for procurement; leads tours and answers questions from the public; performs laboratory tests.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Employees in this class have weekly in-person and telephone contact with research project leader(s) or senior technicians to receive direction as to weekly research objectives and duties to be performed, and to discuss any observations or problems of project. There is weekly in-person and telephone contact with students to assist them in setting up experiments, with industry representatives and government officials to coordinate and discuss research projects, and with nursery and Ranger District personnel to schedule seedling shipments and answer questions regarding test results.
Employees in this class receive general supervision from a research project leader(s) for direction as to research project goals, objectives, and work priorities. The research project leader(s) reviews work on a weekly basis for conformance to established research project procedures and priorities. State and Federal laws and regulations governing pesticide use and animal research and welfare are used as guidelines by employees in this class. Decontamination procedures governing toxic diet preparation may be used as guidelines.