Job Overview


Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

The incumbent performs trade work in support of agricultural research laboratories, office structures, chemical storage and maintenance facilities, four small housing units, and onsite historical structures. The incumbent is also expected to perform ground maintenance such as lawn care and snow removal.

NOTE: This Vacancy Announcement was amended to extend the Closing Date; the revised Closing Date is July 12, 2013.


Major Duties: The primary trades involve heating, cooling, plumbing with additional knowledge and electrical experience needed. The incumbent is expected to operate, repair, and maintain hot water boilers and related systems, using a Johnson Controls Metasys system, in order to ensure all safety codes are met, maximize energy efficiency, and ensure the systems function properly; also maintains walk-in coolers, -86C freezers, water fountains, and air dryers. The incumbent will either repair or support the contract repair of agricultural research equipment such as autoclaves, centrifuges, drying ovens, microscopes, and laboratory air/vacuum systems, and may arrange and/or support annual inspection and certification activities to keep the Location in compliance with appropriate codes and standards. Plumbing work includes installing, maintaining, and repairing domestic water lines, waste water piping, laboratory water systems such as de-chlorinated, de-ionized or reverse osmosis equipment, and reagent grade water; conducts inspections to ensure laboratory water is sterile and pure. Electrical work consists of modifying, maintaining, testing and repairing new and existing electrical circuits, systems, fixtures, controls, and equipment. The incumbent may also be asked to install, maintain, or repair electrical appliances, motors, fume hoods, ovens, furnaces, or other specialized shop equipment. Work requires driving trucks and using pull-behind trailers.

Working Conditions and Other Considerations: Work requires standing, stooping, kneeling, climbing, and using ladders and scaffolding; there is occassional work in uncomfortable or tiring positions, and the incumbent is expected to lift and carry up to 50 pounds. Outdoor work is conducted in prevailing weather; the incumbent will be exposed to chemical hazards, dirt, dust, noise, and insects and must observe safety and security regulations as applicable.A Pre-Employment Physical Is Required.