Senior Farm Machinery Mechanic - Intermountain REC (Tulelake, CA)
Date Posted: July 11, 2018
Closing Date: July 25, 2018
Intermountain Research and Extension Center (IREC) is one the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources' nine Research and Extension Centers (RECs). IREC is located on 140 acres near Tulelake, CA in the northeast corner of the state, and offers researchers a place to conduct high quality experiments and deliver scientific information to local communities.
Typical crops grown at the Center include potato, small grain, onion, peppermint, horseradish, forage grasses and alfalfa; however, most cool season field and vegetable crops can be accommodated and grown on the Center. Research topics of current interest include variety development, integrated pest management, irrigation management, plant nutrition, and agriculture-wildlife interactions. Available Center facilities and equipment include a greenhouse; controlled post-harvest facility; drying ovens; automated potato grading line; mini-still for essential oil extraction; specialized small plot irrigation equipment; research adapted small plot planters and harvesters; and a full line of commercial farm equipment for field and vegetable crop production..
Under the direction of the Center Superintendent of Agriculture (CSA), the Senior Farm Machinery Mechanic maintains 28,000 square feet of buildings, including specialized HVAC systems used in a computerized potato research storage facility and a custom fabricated potato research grading and sizing facility. This position also oversees the maintenance of more than 50 pieces of equipment, including agricultural tractors, specialized research planting and harvesting equipment, and a fleet of vehicles ranging from a car to 2 ½ ton cargo trucks. This position provides field equipment operation of complex farm machinery, and skilled and specialized cultural practices used to produce the agricultural research crops grown at the Center. Maintain pesticide and fertilizer application equipment to ensure a consistent, accurate and uniform application and calibrate all types of application methods. Setup and operate various types of agricultural equipment ranging from small walk behind power units to large track layers or wheel tractors, harvesters, discs, harrows, landplanes, planters, mulchers, incorporators, ridgers and swathers.
This position will promote, in all ways consistent with the other responsibilities of the position, accomplishment of the Affirmative Action goals established by the Division.
To apply, please go to: https://jobs.ucop.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=61207