Hutton 18-21 - Field Team Technician

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Posted: 30/03/2021 15:14
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £19,476.90
Location: Dundee
Level: Hutton B
Deadline: 27/04/2021 23:59
Hours: 37
Benefits: Generous
Job Type: Permanent

The work undertaken by The James Hutton Group is at the top of the global agenda tackling problems such as the impact of climate change and threats to food, biodiversity, soils, and water security

Main Purpose of Job         
The purpose of this job is to provide support as part of a fieldwork team within the Agroecology Group. The Field Technician will be required to assist in setting up and maintaining field experiments, and to carry out physical and biological environmental monitoring in accordance with specified field work protocols. This will include sample preparation and lab processing, data recording and checking, taxonomic identification, environmental monitoring, GPS mapping and the maintenance of fieldwork equipment.

Main duties of post holder

  • Field work (biological sampling, soil sampling, environmental monitoring, marking out and setting up field trials and experiments, GPS mapping, setting up and using remote monitoring equipment)
  • Lab processing of a range of sample types including soil, plants, and invertebrates
  • Sorting and identifying insect and plants found within agricultural ecosystems
  • Data recording, entry and processing
  • Maintaining field work and laboratory equipment
  • Participation in demonstration and engagement activities and events
  • Participation in projects involving farmers and other stakeholders, providing support in workshops and similar events
  • Engage fully in training to develop all necessary skills



  • Higher in biology or any other science, or appropriate experience
  • Appreciation of the need for accuracy and precision in all aspects of sampling, data recording and handling
  • Strong team working skills
  • Basic knowledge of any fieldwork techniques such as pitfall trapping, crop growth stages, soil sampling
  • Flexibility in working hours – e.g. may need to work later during harvest, or to get a job finished
  • Be self-motivated and have good communication skills with other members of the fieldwork team including the fieldwork coordinator
  • Should be patient, and methodical, with good organisational skills
  • Willingness and aptitude to develop skills in taxonomic identification including use of species identification keys
  • To undertake any training (on or off site) to gain or enhance existing knowledge
  • Ability to follow safety procedures e.g. health and safety requirements
  • Basic computing skills (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet and data handling, power point)
  • Willingness to do fieldwork in any weather


  • Full driver’s license
  • Demonstrable interest and experience in agriculture and the environment

Additional notes/Requirements

  • Fit with the ethos of the group and the Institute

Note: Due to the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions it is possible that interviewing of candidates will be held remotely. You should therefore ensure you have access to a broadband connection and ideally a PC or laptop.

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.   

The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

The James Hutton Institute is a: Stonewall Diversity Champion; Athena SWAN Bronze Status Holder; Disability Confident Committed Employer and a Living Wage Employer.

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