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Job Standard for Research Technician 3

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Research Technician 3 Overview

  • Person Group: Classified
  • Job Code: 7024
  • Pay Grade: I
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Career Level: Level 3
  • Family: Research
  • Function: Research/Lab Support


To serve as regional/department expert for multimedia sampling, maintenance, operation and calibration of scientific monitoring equipment for multiple media programs and projects; evaluates permits for monitoring requirements; perform data research and analysis; perform related work.

Level Scope

Regularly works on tasks that are varied and complex. Applies full range and job knowledge; frequently adapts procedures, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet specialized needs; may serve as lead; performs broad and/or focused assignments under general supervision; originality and ingenuity are often required to help establish procedures in functional area; relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish assigned tasks.

Minimum Qualifications

Good knowledge of: scientific methods.

Experience: performing basic sampling, monitoring or research activities; compiling and collecting data and preparing reports.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to identify the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts
  • Ability to monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Research Technician 3 must:

  • The Research Technician 3 classification serves as a technical resource for troubleshooting equipment and utilizing specialized software and scientific sampling and monitoring equipment, Computer-Aided Drafting, Geographic Information System software and/or Global Positioning Devices.
  • Plans, organizes, and coordinates technical activities for major or multiple scientific projects or programs; estimates equipment, materials, and manpower; establishes schedules and priorities; evaluates equipment and materials for adequacy, availability, and serviceability; implements policies and procedures and assures compliance with agency plans and specifications; hires, trains and evaluates staff; assigns and reviews work; inspects completed work and assures quality and compliance with standards and specifications; conducts safety meetings and training sessions; prepares/reviews project testing data, reports and summaries; prepares drafts for project correspondence; coordinates activities with other agency operations, companies, cities, counties, state agencies, property owners and contractors. Coordinates and checks for required clearances from local, state, and federal agencies; prepares operational plans including researching ownership, property ties, boundaries, GIS data, aerial, and photographic data; reviews and checks public agency and consultant plans, specifications and bid proposals for compatibility with field operational principles and practices; gathers, evaluates, consolidates and codes data for computer input; schedules and submits plans for agency reviews and public hearings and prepares exhibits.

35% of Time the Research Technician 3

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Research Technician 3

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Work may involve walking and climbing over rough terrain and/or in streams while lifting and carrying equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. Some positions require employees to work with chemicals and toxic materials (these incumbents will be required to undergo periodic biologic and medical testing while employed in these positions). Some positions require operating a raft or motor boat and hand or power tools. Employees may be required to camp and furnish their own camping and cooking equipment.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Research Technician 3

Career Path

Research Technician 4

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.