Overview

PURPOSE AND SCOPE

Our Greenhouse Research Associate will have knowledge of plant life cycle as well as basic trait or breeding knowledge. Our Greenhouse Research Associate II works closely with the Trait Operations Manager and other Research Department Staff to operate the greenhouse complex and accomplish research objectives contained within it. Associate will be on their feet many hours a day, work in pollen-rich environments and will interact with a dynamic team.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Seed packaging and organizing prior to planting.
  • Corn pollinating and detasseling in the greenhouses.
  • Assist in implementing research programs.
  • Shelling and packaging greenhouse seed.
  • Keeping seed lab organized and clean.
  • Assist with the planting of the greenhouses.
  • Perform other related duties as may be required by the Trait Operations Manager or Assistant Greenhouse Manager.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

1. Education and training:

  • B.S. in an agricultural or horticultural discipline plus 2 years of appropriate experience producing plants in a greenhouse environment.
  • Have, or be able to obtain, pesticide applicator’s license.
  • 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.
  • Pesticide Applicator License required.

2. Technical knowledge:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • High level of knowledge about plant growth and development, insect and disease control, fertility and irrigation management systems.
  • Ability to establish priorities, work independently, work as a team member, and proceed with objectives without supervision.
  • Excellent computer and current software skills.

3. Physical working conditions:

  • Ability to safely lift up to 40 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.

4. Experience:

  • 2 years of appropriate experience producing plants in a greenhouse environment.

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