Employment Opportunities

At the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), we provide research-based innovative solutions to farmers, producers and citizens.  Our areas of research include agronomy and soil science, dairy, horticulture, renewable energy, and swine.  

Help Wanted

Robotic Weed Control Scientist The WCROC is looking for a full time person to design and implement weed control strategies on solar powered, autonomous robots for farm fields. The ideal candidate will have a BS degree in engineering and at least one additional year of experience/education in a robotics related field. The successful applicant will be part of a dynamic team working to "green" agriculture with a wide variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Activities include designing innovative weed control mechanisms, building prototypes, and testing them on various robotic vehicles. Duties will also include designing test protocols, analyzing data, and writing reports. Applicant should be self-motivated and able to solve problems alone, but communicate well with other U and commercial partners. Knowledge of mechanical systems, basic wiring, shop tools, and some computer programming is desired.

A full job description is available online; job ID #334259. Applications must be submitted through the online site.

Part-time milkers needed for our dairy herd.  Schedule is flexible and includes mornings, evenings, weekdays and weekends. To apply, pick up an application at the WCROC Administrative Office or by contacting Kim Oachs at 320-589-1711.

Summer Employment Opportunities

Each summer, the WCROC employs several student workers to fill a variety of roles, including internships.  

For the 2020 summer season (May/June - August/September), we will be looking for several dedicated students to join our team in the following areas:

  • Agriculture, Environment Sciences, and Maintenance - provide assistance with agronomy and general maintenance projects at the WCROC.  Wide variety of projects and responsibilities.  More than one position available.  (Application deadline: April 6, 2020)
  • Horticulture Internships - follow research protocols and objectives related to specific horticulture research projects. Two internships available: Bedding Plant Intern, and Tabletop Strawberry Intern. (Application deadline: April 6, 2020)
  • Horticulture Student Workers - provide garden care and maintenance in our Horticulture Display Garden. More than one position available.  View position description. (Application deadline: April 6, 2020).

Applications available at the WCROC Administrative Office, 46352 State Hwy 329, Morris. If you prefer to apply by email, contact Kim Oachs at oachs004@umn.edu to request a PDF copy of the application.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.