Research Associate Coordinator /Farm Manager - Franklin Parish - R00062647

WORK LOCATION: Sweet Potato Research Station

RESPONSIBILITIES: The individual will be expected to perform a variety of duties as a research associate/ Farm Manager at the Sweet Potato Research Station. This position will primarily support research and service unit activities related to the LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station Foundation Seed Program. Foundation Seed is produced across three AgCenter units including the Sweet Potato Research Station, the Macon Ridge Research Station, and the Northeast Research Station. Duties include oversight of all field activities related to preparing, planting, and harvesting sweet potato foundation seed. This position will serve as the direct supervisor for all civil service farm support staff at the Sweet Potato Research Station as well all seasonal transient labor. This position working with and through the station research coordinator will coordinate daily activities related to allocation of labor and equipment for all foundation seed related activities as well as other research projects on-station. This position will have responsibilities for facilitating greenhouse operations related to foundation seed production as well as maintenance of greenhouse facilities and storage facilities. The position will assist with all research programs on-station as it relates to allocation of labor and equipment. Other duties include pesticide application, record keeping and station grounds and improvement.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Research Associate. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a field of agriculture is required. A master’s degree is desired. Also prefer additional training in basic plant sciences such as botany, horticulture, and agronomy. Prior supervisory experience is preferred. Prior experience working with agronomic or horticultural crops is preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Current benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

Application Deadline: December 20, 2021 or until a suitable applicant is identified.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at Original transcripts required prior to hire. The application package should be submitted online as a single PDF file with the application materials organized as follows: (a) cover letter; (b) resume; (c) university transcripts; (d) two letters of recommendation; and (e) names and contact details of at least three references. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the reference letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Dr. Tara Smith, Research Coordinator

Sweet Potato Research Station

P. O. Box 120, Chase, LA 71324

Phone: 318-435-2903; Fax: 318-435-2902; Email:


The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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