This position is a part-time, intermittent (.30 FTE approximately 12 hours per week as needed) Seed Certification Aide 1 for the Union Co. Extension office located in La Grande, Oregon.
Union Co. is one of 36 OSU Extension Service offices in Oregon which provides informal education programs in the areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Community Health, 4-H Youth Development, Forestry and Natural Resources, and Marine/Coastal Resources. Oregon Seed Certification Service (OSCS) provides a service to the public for the maintenance and increase of quality seed and propagating material. The service is to insure varietal purity and seed quality through the review and retention of crop production records and a series of field and laboratory evaluations. Legislative action in 1937 authorized the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University to initiate a program for certification of seed in Oregon. This responsibility is carried out through the establishment of the OSCS, part of the Extension Service and the Department of Crop & Soil Science at OSU. The Union County Extension Service office serves as the local link for clientele to the OSCS program based in Corvallis, OR.
The OSCS Aide 1 provides service to Union, Baker, and Wallowa counties and is supervised by the Union county extension agronomist. The OSCS Aide 1 is responsible for collecting official seed samples; printing/attaching tags to qualified seed lots; keeping records of sampling/tagging requests; assisting clients with online seedling and crop inspection applications; and providing additional assistance to OSCS faculty/staff to conduct field, warehouse, and greenhouse certification activities. This position does require travel by personal vehicle and mileage is reimbursable at an established state rate.
Sampling and tagging efforts are physically active work carried out throughout the year at various seed warehouse locations in the county/region where the indoor climate is not heated nor cooled and will be dusty. To carry out the duties of the position, the incumbent will have to reach overhead, bend/stoop over, and lift/carry 10-20 lbs. The job is recurring each year but intermittent due to seasonal shifts is daily workload.
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Minimum qualifications are not established for this classification. The appointing authority is responsible for recruitment and selection. Refer to Personnel Rule 105-43-005.
Incumbent must be available to work a set schedule during seasonal off-peak (M-W-F) and peak (M-Tu-W-Th-F) needs in order to provide consistent, reliable same-day-service.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq.
The job is a recurring intermittent position with seasonal shifts in daily work load. Typically, the busiest time of year starts as the harvesting of grass and cereal grain seed crops ends in July/August and seed cleaning begins in various warehouses. The volume of seed cleaning tapers off towards year-end and, subsequently, so do requests for sampling/tagging. Late spring to early winter is the busiest time of the year (seedling/crop signups, field/harvest inspections, seed cleaning). During the slow season, the OSCS Aide 1 can remotely check voice mail messages to determine daily work load. Occasionally, the Aide may voluntarily assist OSCS inspectors in the field to inspect seed crops, storage facilities, and propagation materials grown in greenhouse facilities. The Aide will need to provide appropriate clothing for work in the field/storage/greenhouse under various climate conditions.
Employee determines, in consultation with the Union County Extension Agronomist, whether a 3-day (M-W-F) or a 5-day (M-Tu-W-Th-F) per week work schedule is needed to handle seasonal workload. A 5-day per week work schedule is needed to handle peak seed sampling/seed lot tagging requests from mid-July till end of September. The phone-in sampling and tagging request program allows the employee to check voice mail from remote locations for work requests or informational needs. Requests made by 9:30 a.m. on a scheduled work day receive same-day service unless other conditions are stated by the client and are coordinated with the client and Union County Extension Agronomist.
Monthly work hours (approx.): Jan-March = 25 to 50 hours/month; April-October = 50 to 100 hours/month; and November-December = 30 to 50 hours/month.
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