Project Leader, Seed Orchard and Nursery Technical Serv
Position Summary:Work with operations and product development teams to provide technical services supporting seed and seedling production, with a goal of optimizing seedling quality and nursery productivity.? Oversee the company seedling quality assessment program.? Plan and coordinate all aspects of seed processing, bareroot and container seedling production research projects.? Work with Sales to assess potential seedling quality and survival issues affecting customers.? Position will require supervision of personnel and oversight and accountability for specific research tasks and budget. ???II.? Essential Functions/Responsibilities:Develop and implement specific experiments related to bare root and container seedling production in conjunction with ArborGen nurseries and Product Development personnelDevelop and manage a research project budget of up to $300,000 and maintain company vehicle and other assets valued at up to $100,000Analyze and interpret nursery and field test data?Carry out the seedling quality program coordinating the installation of plots, collection of data and summary and publication of results.Provide technical support to orchard and nursery personnel related to chemical usage, plant nutrition, seedling mortality and SOP development.Maintain a high level of professional expertise through knowledge of current literature and state of the art of relevant seed and seedling production technology, and utilize this knowledge in the design of experiments, research and/or development.Effectively communicate research results and other findings to appropriate operating group personnel.Participate in technical project reviews.Represent ArborGen in university-industry research cooperatives.May supervise and evaluate the performance of one or more field support personnel.Adhere to safety policies and maintain a safe laboratory environment.?III.??????? Ongoing Interaction:Department: Daily with those supervised.? Frequent interaction with supervisor and? with peers in the immediate work group.Company:? Regular interaction with Nursery Managers, Production Coordinators and Seed Orchard Managers across the company as related to common research targets and technical objectives.? Interaction with Sales Team in addressing seedling quality and survival issues affecting customersOutside Company: Expected to? participate in outside conferences and symposia when appropriate, and to distribute trips reports and competitive intelligence information following the meeting.? May give public presentations or author publications.?IV.????????? Certifications:None.?V.??????????? Education/Experience/Skills:Master of Science degree or higher in a plant sciences field, with experience in forestry, nursery practices, plant physiology or plant pathology.? Minimum of five years experience working in a plant sciences related fieldFamiliarity with fundamental concepts of experimental design and data analysis required.Good communication skills with the ability to interface at all levels of management.Computer proficiency is required.Apply for this job.