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    Agricultural Technicians

    Set up and maintain laboratory and collect and record data to assist scientist in biology or related agricultural science experiments.

    Receive and prepare laboratory samples for analysis, following proper protocols in order to ensure that they will be stored, prepared, and disposed of efficiently and effectively. Record data pertaining to experimentation, research, and animal care. Collect samples from crops or animals so testing can be performed. Prepare data summaries, reports, and analyses that include results, charts, and graphs in order to document research findings and results. Adjust testing equipment, and prepare culture media, following standard procedures. Operate laboratory equipment such as spectrometers, nitrogen determination apparatus, air samplers, centrifuges, and PH meters in order to perform tests. Measure or weigh ingredients used in testing or for purposes such as animal feed. Provide food and water to livestock and laboratory animals, and record details of their food consumption. Plant seeds in specified areas, and count the resulting plants in order to determine the percentage of seeds that germinated. Supervise pest or weed control operations including locating and identifying pests or weeds, selecting chemicals and application methods, scheduling application, and training operators. Measure and mark plot areas; and plow, disc, level, and otherwise prepare land for cultivated crops, orchards and vineyards. Conduct insect and plant disease surveys. Examine animals and specimens in order to determine the presence of diseases or other problems. Perform general nursery duties such as propagating standard varieties of plant materials, collecting and germinating seeds, maintaining cuttings of plants, and controlling environmental conditions. Operate farm machinery including tractors, plows, mowers, combines, balers, sprayers, earthmoving equipment, and trucks. Perform crop production duties such as tilling, hoeing, pruning, weeding, and harvesting crops. Devise cultural methods and environmental controls for plants for which guidelines are sketchy or nonexistent. Maintain and repair agricultural facilities, equipment, and tools in order to ensure operational readiness, safety, and cleanliness. Provide routine animal care such as taking and recording body measurements, applying identification, and assisting in the birthing process. Set up laboratory or field equipment, and prepare sites for testing. Transplant trees, vegetables, and/or horticultural plants. Supervise and train agricultural technicians and farm laborers. Prepare and present agricultural demonstrations. Respond to inquiries and requests from the public that do not require specialized scientific knowledge or expertise.

    Chemistry -- Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. Biology -- Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. Customer and Personal Service -- Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. English Language -- Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Food Production -- Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

    Time Management -- Managing one's own time and the time of others. Reading Comprehension -- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Science -- Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. Active Listening -- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Equipment Maintenance -- Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. Active Learning -- Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. Monitoring -- Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. Critical Thinking -- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Troubleshooting -- Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. Speaking -- Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    Problem Sensitivity -- The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. Oral Expression -- The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. Oral Comprehension -- The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. Near Vision -- The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). Deductive Reasoning -- The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. Category Flexibility -- The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. Inductive Reasoning -- The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). Written Expression -- The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. Written Comprehension -- The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. Information Ordering -- The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. Documenting/Recording Information -- Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. Getting Information -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events -- Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings -- Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships -- Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work -- Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. Making Decisions and Solving Problems -- Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge -- Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. Processing Information -- Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.