9265 Field and Maintenance Worker


TITLE Field and Maintenance Worker




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Dean, College of Agriculture



The Field and Maintenance Worker performs semi-skilled work in the care and maintenance of fruit trees, vines, and related plantings which requires knowledge of fruit growing and the ability to operate manual, electrically-powered, diesel- or gasoline-powered farm machinery, tools, and equipment. The Field and Maintenance Worker applies chemicals used in fruit growing, following either written or verbal directions, and wearing prescribed protective clothing; performs routine and preventative maintenance and cleaning of farm machinery, equipment, and tools, makes minor repairs within demonstrated capability, and performs other duties as may be assigned by the Field and Maintenance Crew Leader.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required; two years of vocational agricultural training is preferred.

Experience: At least three years of work experience in farming, fruit growing, or a related agricultural area is required.

Skills: Must be able to read English language sufficiently to understand written instructions from researchers as well as directions for the proper mixture, use, and disposal/storage of chemicals, fertilizers, and similar products used in fruit growing or agricultural work. Skill in the proper operation and maintenance of farm machinery, tractors, tools, and agricultural equipment is required. The knowledge and ability to drive farm tractors is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Skill in the use of an arc welder and cutting torch is preferred.

License: Possession of a Missouri driver’s license is required. Possession of a public pesticide operator’s license is preferred.

Effort: The ability to work out-of-doors, year round, in all types of weather is required. The ability to lift and transport fruit growing or agricultural supplies and equipment weighing up to 70 pounds on a frequent basis and up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis is required. Prolonged walking and standing and frequent bending, stooping, kneeling, and reaching is required on a daily basis. A full range of physical motion in order to operate manual, electrically-powered and diesel- or gasoline-powered farm machinery, tools, and equipment is required. The ability to access areas that may only be accessible by climbing ladders is required. The ability to move throughout the assigned area is required.

Other: The scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemical compounds for application on trees, vines, fruit plants, and other agricultural products which may be hazardous and cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, application, use, and disposal/storage are not followed properly.


1. Performs tasks common to the propagation, care, and maintenance of horticultural plants by planting and/or transplanting fruit trees, vines or other crops as directed, pruning trees, vines and other fruit plants, watering and fertilizing or applying chemicals to fruit trees, vines and other plantings, weeding and cultivating fruit trees, vines and other plantings, harvesting and storing fruits and propagational parts of plants, inspecting fruit trees, vines and plants for insects, disease, and physical damage, as directed, recording and reporting research data, and constructing trellises or other structures.

2. Safely operates light vehicles and farm machinery such as pick-up trucks, tractors, riding mowers, plows, mowers, and disc harrows, by obeying applicable traffic laws, following operator instructions, and wearing appropriate safety equipment such as goggles, gloves, or other protective clothing.

3. Safely operates various types of farm equipment such as post augers, post drivers, portable power tools such as gasoline-operated power tools, sprayers, trimmers, and chain saws, electrically-operated drills and saws, and gas or electrically operated welders by following operator instructions and wearing appropriate safety equipment such as goggles, gloves, or other protective clothing.

4. Applies chemicals used in fruit growing properly and safely by following either written or verbal directions for mixing chemical compounds according to specifications, wearing prescribed protective clothing, masks, and rubber boots and gloves, applying the chemicals properly on fruit trees, vines, and other plantings designated for their use, disposing of residual chemical products as directed or storing them for future use, and recording the application of such chemical compounds.

5. Performs regular and directed field maintenance by mowing orchards and other campus areas using riding mowers or tractors and gasoline-powered trimmers or chain saws, weeding or thinning plantings, and setting up, adjusting, repairing, and cleaning irrigation systems.

6. Ensures that farm machinery, equipment, and tools are operational by performing routine and preventative maintenance and cleaning of farm machinery, equipment, and tools and making minor repairs within demonstrated capability.

7. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

8. Contributes to the overall success of the College of Agriculture by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Field and Maintenance Worker is assigned day-to-day work by the Field and Maintenance Crew Leader, is administratively supervised by the Dean, College of Agriculture, and supervises temporary and student workers.




Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 2 - 100 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 3 - 550 Points: General mechanical or technical aptitude and specific knowledge and experience in a skill, craft, or trade. The ability to perform standard procedures, operations, and/or operate specific equipment, that is required through at least two years of experience and previous training is required.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 2 - 75 Points: Irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. Responsibilities at this level may include tracking budgeted spending, limited purchasing authority, and tracking inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 2 - 50 Points: Specific guidelines and established routines exist, but some judgment in applying guidelines and deviating from standards must be exercised. The number and similarity of guidelines and work situations requires the employee to use judgment in locating and selecting the most appropriate guidelines, references, and procedures for application and in making minor deviations to adapt guidelines in specific cases. At this level, the employee may also determine which of several alternatives to use. Situations to which the existing guidelines cannot be applied or significant proposed deviations from the guidelines are referred to a supervisor.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 2 - 50 Points: The purpose may include obtaining or clarifying facts, or providing factual information to others. Contacts may be with coworkers or structured exchanges with students or the general public, and are generally for the purpose of exchange of information. Contacts at this level might include discussing a work order with individuals in a departmental office to more clearly define the problem, or providing directions or information to students or the general public.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 4 - 100 Points: The work environment involves potential high risk and/or stress due to exposure to dangerous situations, hazardous materials, and/or unusual environmental stress from working in high risk situations and/or high noise levels, poor ventilation, and/or extremes of heat or cold. Protective gear and/or special equipment is normally required.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 5 - 200 Points: Work requires maximum exertion on a daily basis. Prolonged and frequent walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching, climbing, crawling, and/or heavy lifting represent normal work day activities. The job requires frequent lifting of objects weighing up to 75 pounds without assistance, and periodic lifting of heavier objects with or without assistance.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 3 - 70 Points: At this level would be jobs in which the incumbent has considerable ongoing responsibility for building security and public safety.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 2 - 250 Points: The work consists of tasks that involve related steps, processes, or methods. Decisions regarding what needs to be done involve choices requiring the employee to recognize the differences among a few easily recognizable situations. Decisions at this level are based on knowledge of the procedural requirements of the work coupled with the awareness of the specific functions and assignments of the department.