PURPOSE AND SCOPE
The Corn Breeding Associate will work closely with Beck’s Corn Breeders and other Research Department staff in the development of top-performing dent corn hybrids. Under the direction of the Corn Breeder and within a highly team-oriented environment, the person will participate in a modern corn breeding program.
- Interact cooperatively with all corn breeders and research staff to implement an efficient and successful corn breeding program.
- Participate in summer and winter breeding nurseries. Duties will include overseeing nursery shelling, packaging, planting, tissue sampling, pollinating, harvest and other activities deemed necessary to implement a breeding program.
- Oversee nursery pollinating crews.
- Collect and report data in support of the breeding program.
- Implement and manage seed inventory system.
- Interact cooperatively with personnel from external firms in which Beck’s has a relationship as well as other departments within the organization.
- Perform other related duties as may be required by Corn Breeders and research team.
1. Education and training:
- B.S in agricultural discipline or at least 1 year of appropriate experience in a plant breeding program.
- Currently have or have ability to obtain chauffer’s license.
- Currently have or have ability to obtain pesticide applicator license
- Ability to operate a fork truck and pass Beck’s Powered Industrial Forktruck Safety and Operator Training program.
- Ability to lead small groups of people in the performance of tasks.
- Pay attention to detail and manage work to high quality standards.
- Possess positive attitude and strong work ethic.
- Ability to establish priorities, work independently, work as a team member, and proceed with objectives without supervision.
- Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and insurable driving record as determined by Beck’s automobile insurance policy.
- This is a safety-sensitive position.
2. Technical knowledge:
- Familiarity with breeding techniques is highly desirable.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent computer and current software skills. Experience with PRISM is highly desirable, but not required.
3. Physical working conditions:
- Ability to safely lift up to 70 pounds.
- Exposure to inclement outdoor weather conditions which may include heat, cold, rain and sun.
- Ability to stand and sit for several hours at a time.
- Ability to pass DOT physical examination and obtain Medical Examiner’s Certificate may be required.
4. Travel and hours of work:
- Occasional overnight travel may be required for note taking and travel to winter nursery locations.
- Ability to work extended hours during planting, pollination and harvest seasons.
- 3 years of appropriate experience in a plant breeding program.