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Seward County Community College is a two-year institution offering 45 programs of study, including Adult Basic Education, certificate programs and Associate of Arts, Science, General Studies and Applied Sciences degrees. Ranked in the top 5% of more than 1,100 accredited community colleges in the U.S.  by the Aspen Institute, SCCC serves a student body of 2,500+ students ranging in age from 15 to 85, in a county with the highest foreign-born percentage population in the U.S., and a rural service area of about 50,997 in seven Southwest Kansas counties as well as neighboring counties in southeastern Colorado, the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles.

Responsibilities

The Agriculture Technician will maintain greenhouse plant materials, including watering, feeding, pruning, propagation, testing, and pest management; operate environmental control equipment, fish and fish tanks, maintain greenhouse facility, including, maintenance, and repair of special equipment; and assist in general cleanup and maintenance projects.

Essential Functions may include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain plant material for research and teaching, including watering, fertilizing, pruning, and propagation.
  • Apply the principles of Integrated Pest Management in scouting for insect, disease and weed infestations; identification of insect pest species, and monitoring of pest populations.
  • Apply chemical and biological materials to manage insect, disease, and weed pests.
  • Assist faculty, staff, and students in projects, including constructing, installing, maintaining and repairing mechanical devices and/or equipment, and the application of chemicals or biological materials.
  • Maintain greenhouse facility including, maintenance, of  other equipment.
  • Determine settings and ranges for environmental control equipment and operate such equipment, including computerized programs.
  • Harvest greenhouse plants.
  • Calibrate and help maintain tractor and spraying equipment
  • Use and maintain personal protective equipment.
  • Assist in planning and production of plant stock for special events as required.
  • Maintain special plant collections as required, including vegetative and seed propagation, pruning and renovation of specimen plants.
  • Maintain fish tanks which include feeding fish, cleaning tanks and changing tank water
  • Help maintain flowerbeds and landscaping across campus
  • Maintain care of fruit trees and bushes
  • Feed and take care of Agriculture animals
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

 

 Qualifications

A two-year college degree or two years of experience with greenhouse operation and agriculture operations. Has knowledge of greenhouse operation and management. Ability to operate, maintain, and perform basic repairs to greenhouse machinery and equipment. Computer skills as required by department. Ability to establish and maintain effective communications and working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and the general public as required. Sufficient strength and physical dexterity to perform duties and responsibilities of this job, including lifting.

Salary/Benefits

Competitive salary. Participation in college Flexible Benefits program which includes options for single and family health and dental coverage, optional insurances, and reimbursement accounts. Other benefits include: income protection insurance; matching annuity; SCCC tuition reimbursement for employee and dependents; annual and sick leave allowances and participation in social security (FICA) and state retirement programs (KPERS).

Salary Range:  Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Position Status:  Full-time

Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled

Start Date:  ASAP 

  • We regret that the College is unable to sponsor employment Visas or consider individuals on time-limited Visa status.
  • Successful applicant will be required to pass a criminal background check prior to employment.
  • Separate application required for additional or future openings.

 

Applications may be emailed to jobs@sccc.edu, faxed to 620-417-1124 or mailed.  Direct inquiries to Human Resources at 620-417-1123.

How to Apply  

To be considered, all of the following materials must be submitted to the address below:

 

  1. Completed and signed Seward County Community College application. Click HERE  
  2. Cover letter
  3. Job-related resume including contact information for three professional references.
  4. Copies of transcripts from highest post-secondary institution (unofficial are accepted) and copies of any relevant certifications, if applicable.

 

**If employed, official transcripts will be required within 30 days.  (Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated to determine equivalency to U.S. standards). 

If any of the required materials are not submitted with your application packet, your application will be deemed incomplete and will not be forwarded to the committee for screening.  Please notify Human Resources if you require any special accommodation(s) in meeting these requirements. 

Mailing Address:

Human Resources Office

Agriculture Technician

Seward County Community College

PO Box 1137

Liberal KS 67901-1137

More information about Seward County Community College can be found at www.sccc.edu

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Selection Process

The search committee will conduct all minimum qualification appraisals as set forth on the position announcement and job description and reserve the right to limit the number of interviews granted.  Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant an interview.  Applicants selected for an interview will be notified of the time and place of the interview.  Interviews are usually conducted on campus by the search committee.  Additional interviews and/or teaching demonstrations may be required.

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