Jordan - Agricultural Technician Senior


JORDAN MCCLINTICK-CHESS


Agricultural Technician Sr.

University of Idaho, Parma R&E Center





Ms. Jordan McClintick-Chess - an Agricultural Technician Sr. in our Cropping Systems Agronomy program at UI Parma R&E Center -  has been selected by the University of Idaho’s Staff Council Awards Committee as a winner of 2017 Staff of the Year award in the Service/Maintenance category.
The Outstanding Staff Awards honor UI non-faculty staff members who are doing an outstanding job in the areas of quality of service, exceptional effort, initiative and interpersonal relations.

Awesome news – our Jordan McClintick-Chess, who was previously was awarded the Outstanding Staff award for the University of Idaho, has also received the CALS Staff Award in the Outstanding Service/Maintenance Support category! J

It is great to have Jordan as part of our team, and we could not be more proud of her achievements, she truly deserves this award! We thank Jordan for all she does on a daily basis serving our program and the University.




Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Orovada Nevada on my family farm 

What brought you to Idaho?
To attend College of Western Idaho to further my education in agriculture. 

Why did you choose to work in agriculture?
I grew up on my family farm in a very active farming community.

What education and experience you obtained that is useful in your ag-related career?
I attended College of Western Idaho for three years studying multiple agriculture classes. I have also worked on a farm growing up as well as a Western labs being a lab tech. 

What do you like most about your job?
I love working in the outdoors and keeping active. I’m also enjoying learning a whole new side of agriculture which is research and hoping to help famers in the future.  

What are challenging aspects of your job?
For me it’s the difference from what I’m use to which is large scale farming to small scale farming dealing with plots and small acres of fields.  


Duties/Responsibilities:

Research:
Assisting in the implementation of experiments in the field and the greenhouse. Assisting with care of field experiments according to treatment structure. Assisting with seed preparation, planting, plot maintenance, harvest, and grain processing. Assisting in coordinating field trial work with supervisor and farm manager.

Irrigation, fertilization, and weed and pest management as required. Collecting soil, plant, water, and gas samples and preparing them for analysis. Data entry using word processing and spreadsheets. Keeping organized and up-to-date record of all work activities.

Extension:
Assisting in organizing field days, workshops and seminars and other educational extension/outreach events.
Organizing and coordinating with outside sources regarding the location, hotel and catering and refreshments available for extension events; assisting with the planning and coordination of the seminars and workshops content and schedule; distributing information to the public regarding dates and content of the events; assisting with the logistics required to bring in guest speakers for the events; applying to the Idaho State Department of Agriculture for pesticide license credits; coordinating/supervising staff as required for room monitoring; maintaining mailing/contact list for the events’ attendees; overseeing registration of the events’ attendees.

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