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Job Standard for Research Technician 4

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Research Technician 4 Overview

  • Person Group: Classified
  • Job Code: 7026
  • Pay Grade: J
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Career Level: Supervisor 1
  • Family: Research
  • Function: Research/Lab Support


To plan, organize, coordinate and/or supervise technical activities for major or multiple scientific projects or programs; perform related duties.

Level Scope

Provides immediate supervision to a unit or group of operational or technical employees. A portion of time may be spent performing individual tasks related to the unit; however, supervisory activities must constitute a primary part of the job. Supervises unit operations to ensure compliance with departmental or campus policies, procedures, and defined internal controls. Ensures accountability and stewardship of campus resources (operational, financial, and human) in compliance with departmental standards and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

Good knowledge of: OSHA safety requirements; scientific methods.

Experience: using plans, specifications, maps and charts; providing direction and training in methods and procedures of specialty area(s); operating scientific instruments and equipment, GPS and GIS; performing basic sampling, monitoring or research activities; compiling and collecting data and preparing reports.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Certified Nutrient Management Planner.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Research Technician 4 must:

  • The Research Technician 4 provides technical oversight to scientific program field operations. Serves as the leader for the testing hazardous or potentially hazardous substances including primary responsibility for testing and maintaining personal protective suits, devices and equipment. An individual in this classification supervises the work of contractors in the development of testing processes such as monitoring wells, flumes, geoscientific core sampling and ambient air testing devices. Resource for the physical processes used to sample or measure environmental actions including establishing grids, monitoring stack releases and Level B sampling for hazardous materials.
  • Serves as the statewide resource for the Department’s most complex multimedia sampling programs; analyzes and creates reports from sampling, drilling and monitoring data; develops CAD drawings and GIS maps and layers for utilization by program managers and scientific and engineering professionals; develops and monitors program budgets and expenditures; establishes work priorities and performance standards;may conduct first aid, CPR, hazardous materials and other program training.
  • Hires, trains and evaluates staff; assigns and reviews work; inspects completed work and assures quality and compliance with standards and specifications; determines needs, develops specifications and selects vendors and equipment for testing, monitoring and sampling equipment; may train staff and identify Technician training needs;
  • Organizes and coordinates public hearings and serves as department representative for information and questions concerning testing, sampling and monitoring methods and practices; reviews and revises field practices and policies according to best business practices.

35% of Time the Research Technician 4

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Research Technician 4

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 4

Career Path

Research Analyst

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.