Agricultural Research Technician, Disease Trials

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Agricultural Research Technician, Disease Trials

Interested in being a team member for North America's #1 sugarbeet seed producer? We are looking for an individual at the earliest convenience to join an exceptional team at our Shakopee, MN research facility. The Agricultural Research Technician will execute sugarbeet disease research trial activities assigned to him/her. This includes but is not limited to; seed preparation, planting, inoculating, irrigation, pest control, disease ratings, data collection and harvest. Activities also require having knowledge and experience with research equipment and field trial maintenance. Maintains accurate records and adheres to quality standards and trialing protocols which may include regulated material.   ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Organize and sort plant material to ensure setup and planting arrangement is done accurately.  Operate the required proprietary software for data collection.  Operate planting and harvest equipment including proprietary technology and equipment, which may include commercial vehicles and forklifts.  May train, and provide work direction to seasonal and temporary workers and coordinate work schedules as needed.  Keep detailed records of activities which include regulatory records utilizing correct reporting methods.  Assist with equipment and vehicle maintenance.  Organize, direct and apply pesticides to field sites under the direction of qualified personnel as needed.  Ensure Company handbook, Rules, Guidelines and Procedures and safety policies are followed and personal protective equipment is used correctly.  Travel and/or drive on behalf of the business.  Meet attendance requirements.  Other duties as assigned.   REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Two or more years of experience in agriculture, greenhouse or plot research or equivalent.  Ability to work variable hours as needed.  Valid Driver s License and acceptable driving history.  Ability to work independently and within a team with flexibility.  Demonstrated mechanical aptitude.  Strong computer skills with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.   PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or equivalent, or Associates Degree or higher in a related field and/or 2 years experience in agriculture, crop production, general farming, landscaping, greenhouse or similar.  Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone) experience.  Experience working with regulated plant material.  Bilingual skills.  Experience working with agricultural pesticide applications  Supervisory experience.  Valid CDL license or ability to obtain CDL within 6 months of hire.  Have or be able to obtain Pesticide Applicator License.   WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Perform outdoor and indoor work in variable conditions including heat, cold, dust wind and rain. Field environments with exposure to pollen, insects and handling chemicals. Occasional overnight travel as needed, some out of state. Must wear required PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as needed.  PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and move objects up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.       

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