Irrigation and Water Resources Research Technician

University of Idaho

Kimberly, ID, United States 🇺🇸

Position Summary

This position, located in Southern Idaho, is available on a continuing basis (contingent upon funding) to establish, operate and maintain field and/or laboratory experiments and to oversee field sampling and/or data collection from monitoring locations in the field associated with irrigation water management and water resources. This position requires the ability to work independently with minimal guidance, and work with a flexible schedule and/or occasional overtime with reasonable notice.


Oversee water related research experiments:

  • • Traveling to research and/or monitoring sites.
  • • Preparing for and laying out field and laboratory experiments.
  • • Working independently or overseeing:
  • o data collection from research experiments which may include collecting soil, water, and plant samples.
  • o Measuring/weighing/processing soil, water or plant samples.
  • o Laboratory processing/analysis of select parameters.
  • o Using various computer hardware and software for data download from field data loggers and verification of data collected. 
  • o Ensuring the proper installation and modifications of field irrigation equipment as necessary for experiment protocol.
  • o Ensuring correct water application by observing and overseeing the repair of irrigation water control and distribution systems.

Provides support to the program:

  • • Maintaining research plots and monitoring stations which may include flagging, staking, irrigating, and other relevant duties to irrigation water management and water resources.
  • • Conducting literature searches.
  • • Preparing posters, publications and handouts.
  • • Developing instructional video materials for face-to-face and on-line instructional purposes.
  • • Providing other technical and administrative duties as requested by the project leader or support scientists.

Performing general field/laboratory duties:

  • • Accurately and neatly recording information from experiments and laboratory analyses, which may include accurately entering data into computers or retrieving data from remote data loggers.
  • • Ensuring the proper cleaning and preparation of sampling and laboratory equipment.
  • • Washing and preparing samples, and general cleaning and upkeep of research areas.

Contribute to team effort:

  • • Working as a team member.
  • • Effectively working with others.
  • • Performing other duties as assigned within the scope of this position.

Minimum Qualifications

• Due to job requirements, successful candidates must be at least 18 years of age when job starts.
• Possess a valid driver’s license and ability to drive a UI vehicle (pass driving record check and defensive driving course).
• Possess good written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate with supervisors, co-workers and third parties.
• Willingness and ability to: work with and without direct supervision; ability to get to field work sites with some overnight travel a possibility; work flexible and/or overtime schedule when the workload dictates; follow good safety practices.
• Knowledge or experience in one or more of the following disciplines: biology, agriculture, engineering, irrigation, chemistry, or physical sciences; basic personal computer software programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel.
• Employment may be contingent upon satisfactory results of a driving record investigation.

Preferred Qualifications

• Willingness to: work on research projects that may be aimed at irrigation water management and water resources.
• Experience in: scientific principles and conducting field or laboratory experiments; keeping accurate records; working on a farm including operating tractors and other farm equipment; Demonstrated ability to: work in a cooperative manner and be an integral team member; operate, maintain, calibrate, troubleshoot, and resolve basic problems with instruments and farm equipment; follow good safety practices.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

• Physical ability to: constantly position body and limbs to perform functions of this position in the field and/or laboratory under inclement weather conditions next to flowing water bodies and canyon edges; lift, carry, and/or otherwise move field and/or laboratory items weighing up to 50 lbs; work on ladders to install or modify irrigation or other monitoring equipment. Willingness and ability to: work with corrosive chemicals and energized irrigation equipment following strict safety rules.