Turf Technician - Research Farm, UConn

Monday, March 07, 2022 8:06 AM | NESTMA Office (Administrator)

(Laboratory Technician I Position)

The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus, seeks qualified applicants for the full-time position of Laboratory Technician, UCP 1. Under the general supervision of the Research Farm Manager and the Department Head, this position provides technical assistance to researchers and faculty members in the establishment and maintenance of turfgrass used in research, teaching and outreach. Duties also include pesticide application, and maintenance and repair of equipment associated with field and greenhouse projects


  • Responsible for establishing, maintaining, and renovating turfgrass areas for research, teaching and outreach activities.
  • Prioritize cultural management of turfgrass research plots in consultation with researchers and farm manager.

This includes mowing, irrigating, fertilizing, cultivating, and pest scouting.

  • Prepare and apply pesticides as needed to manage weeds, insects, and diseases of turfgrasses in research fields and greenhouses.
  • Responsible for the operation, maintenance, and repair of high-volume, golf course-style irrigation system and satellite controllers.
  • Maintain appropriate digital records and files related to the maintenance of research plots.
  • Assist faculty and researchers in facilitating teaching and outreach missions, including preparation of plant specimens; development and presentation of turfgrass instructional content for undergraduate and professional learners; and planning and delivery of outreach activities such as the UConn Turfgrass Field Day.
  • Operate equipment, instrumentation and related components including computer software and systems. Assist in maintaining proper working order of equipment and tools.
  • Provide supervision of hourly labor, students, and other support positions associated with the Turfgrass Science Program.

This is a full-time position with the standard work week of 35 hours (7 hours/day; 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM), Monday through Friday, however the work week may occasionally change as required to meet operational and staffing needs. Salary commensurate with experience and anticipated to range between $47,000 to $55,000.


Please apply online at https://s.uconn.edu/turftec for application details and minimum and preferred qualifications. This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on March 20, 2022.

Questions can be directed to John Inguagiato (john.inguagiato@uconn.edu).

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