Division: Biological Assessment
State/Province: Minnesota [MN]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: Research Tech 4
Job ID: 3109
The purpose of the Research Technician 4 is to assist the execution of sugarbeet and soybean trials, strictly follow HSE and Stewardship practices, provide quality yield and agronomic data to assist scientists in delivering project goals, as well as to support site management with the functional activities of a research station.
Accountabilities: Perform greenhouse breeding support duties including: planting and growing transplants, pollination, seed harvest, seed cleaning, labeling, and data recording.
Perform fieldwork including: layout, seeding, transplanting, seed harvest, cleaning, and labeling.
Preparing land for planting (cultivating, planting, setting up irrigation and fertilizing).On-call for various types of farm emergencies or unscheduled work based on business needs or weather.
Performs various tractor driver duties including weed management for seed productions.
In areas of responsibility and in concert with the Farm coordinator, determine quantities, order, and arrange and/or apply needed agricultural chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides).Develop and maintain a maintenance log for all critical facility and farm equipment.
Manage and maintain accurate inventories.
Input and maintain data in functional data system. Involvement in all activities of the selection nursery and yield trials.
Collaborate and assist with other Sugar beet research sites.
Be able to obtain a CDL and Pesticide applicator license.
Supervise temporary employees.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
Critical knowledge: :
High School Diploma or equivalent required. AA or BS degree preferred.
Four (4) to six (6) year’s comparable experience in an agriculture field preferred.
Experience in operating agricultural machinery, and or agricultural research equipment.
Agricultural research experience or agricultural background preferred
Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges: Flexibility and resourcefulness in a fast paced work environment.
Possession of work ethic that strives for excellence in, productivity, accuracy, timeliness, and innovativeness.
Ability and motivation to learn new technologies.
Critical technical,professional, personal capabilities:
Ability to use MS Office, especially Word and Excel, and other standard office software.
Ability to learn and use proprietary breeding management software systems.
Good organizational skills.
Ability to work in a team and to communicate with individuals throughout the organization. Ability to use professional concepts and company policies and procedures to solve a wide range of difficult problems in imaginative and practical ways. Ability and motivation to learn new technologies.
Must have a valid Driver’s License and have, or have ability to acquire and maintain a CDL. Have or have ability to acquire a pesticide applicators license, and forklift operator’s certification.
Ability to learn and perform maintenance. Ability to operate farm machinery and field research equipment including tractors, planters, and combines. Ability to operate seed laboratory equipment including seed conditioning machines, seed counters, and other tools necessary for agricultural research projects.
Critical Leadership capabilities:
Excellent communicator and team player
Able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.
Commitment to success.
Willingness and ability to focus on parallel tasks to completion.
Travel Requirements and other information:
All applicants must be eligible to work in the US.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Capable of working in high or low temperature conditions in the field or greenhouse. Capable of lifting up to 50 pounds. Capable of working long hours during time-critical periods of the research cycle.
Potential allergens-pollen, fungal spores, chemical pesticides in field or greenhouse. Exposure to high and low temperatures, sun, rain, and dust.
Domestic travel required with occasional overnight stays. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms.
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