Position announcements

There are currently positions available in Spooner, Wisconsin. Please see below for more details about each position.

Positions in Spooner, WI 

Primary responsibilities are to manage and maintain the Seed to Kitchen Collaborative organic vegetable variety trials at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station. The positions involve hands-on outdoor garden maintenance and research plot management, collection of data on vegetable variety performance, conducting flavor evaluations with research staff, chefs and other stakeholders, and working with volunteers and the public. These positions will also support joint research projects in organic small grains and hazelnut breeding. These positions support the broader mission of the University to provide University based-research and information in agriculture, horticulture and natural resources to residents of the state. Very occasional travel to Madison may be required. The research gardener has primary responsibility for trial management and data collection and is assisted by the student intern. Job responsibility division between the two positions can be adjusted based on prior experience, interest and mutual consent of the research team and successful candidates.

 

Research Gardener 

For further duties and qualifications, click here.

 

Student Summer Gardener Internship 

For further duties and qualifications, click here.

 

How To Apply

Submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for two prior employers or professors as references to Thomas Hickey, tphickey@wisc.edu, with the location and position title in the subject line (e.g., Spooner Research Gardener or Madison Research Gardener). 


The University of Wisconsin–Madison is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.


Spooner Research Gardener

Position runs June 1, 2022 to October 15, 2022

duties

  • Manage variety trials at Spooner Agricultural Research Station according to established protocols
  • Collect data on variety performance according to established protocols
  • Maintain clear communication with Spooner station staff and Madison-based research team
  • Participate in outreach and extension activities related to variety trials at the Spooner station directly
  • Assist with organic small grains and hazelnut trials at the Spooner research station as needed

 

qualifications

  • Experience with organic vegetable production
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs repeatedly for field work and post-harvest measurements
  • Must be able to obtain UW drivers authorization

 

desired qualifications

  • Familiarity with computer-based data management tools like Excel, and willingness to learn mobile data management tools like Fieldbook and SeedLinked
  • Experience with research trials or plant breeding
  • Interest in organic plant breeding and variety improvement for local food systems

For information on how to apply, click here. 


Spooner Student Summer Gardener Internship

Position runs June 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022

duties

  • Assist in maintaining variety trials at Spooner Agricultural Research Station according to established protocols
  • Assist in data collection on variety performance according to established protocols
  • Maintain clear communication with Spooner station staff and Madison-based research team
  • Participate in outreach and extension activities related to variety trials at the Spooner station
  • Assist with organic small grains and hazelnut trials at the Spooner research station as needed
  • Coordinate produce distribution to local food pantries, senior centers and educational organizations with Kevin Schoessow, area agriculture extension educator.

qualifications

  • This position is limited to UW System students.
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs repeatedly for field work and post-harvest measurements
  • Must be able to obtain UW drivers authorization

 

desired qualifications

  • Familiarity with computer-based data management tools like Excel, and willingness to learn mobile data management tools like Fieldbook and SeedLinked
  • Experience with organic vegetable production, research trials or plant breeding
  • Interest in organic plant breeding and variety improvement for local food systems

For information on how to apply, click here.