Research Agronomist I
About the job: This is a fast-paced position managing and conducting contracted field research projects in a wide variety of field, vegetable and fruit crops. Following clients' protocols the RA I will set up field trials and execute the variables, which will focus in agronomic based trials such as fertility and plant health or variety trials, irrigation/drought/salt tolerance trials and seed based research. Duties include product application, agronomic assessments, collecting samples, and organizing and reporting data to clients. As a part of a dynamic field team the RA I may participate in crop protection research trials as well as planting, growing and harvesting field plots, configuring and maintaining research and farming equipment, and maintaining the research facility. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with an upbeat positive attitude, excellent organizational skills, the ability to set up and maintain schedules for multiple projects, meet deadlines and engage in robust communication internally and externally to the company. This is a hands-on field position in the arid southwest. It requires one be able to perform moderately strenuous field activities, climbing up and down ditch banks, on and off equipment, etc. Approximate field/desk work ratio for this role is 75/25. Occasional travel is required. Position is based in Yuma, AZ. Minimum Qualifications: Must be legal to work in the United States to apply.Minimum of a BS in a field of agricultural or related natural science (agronomy preferred).One to three years of relevant work experience (may be summer internships).Excellent written and spoken English skills are mandatory.Fluency in using computer software such as MS Excel and MS Word.Must be able to lift 50 lbs and be physically active on uneven terrain and in hot or cold field conditionsMust have a valid driver’s license. Desired Qualifications and Abilities Experience with field trial design, crop production, agronomic evaluations, small plot and commercial sprayer calibration and application techniques, general laboratory equipment operation, pest identification skills, and operation of farm equipment and irrigation systems.Willingness to work as a team memberDesire to remain updated with new agricultural trends and technology.Self-motivation, willingness to learn and good work ethicExperience with EPA GLP and USDA biotech regulations and biotech stewardship concepts.Knowledge of Gylling Data Management’s ARM as well as MS Project and Access. Competitive salary range commensurate with education and experience. To Apply, submit your resume, and a cover letter of a minimum of 150 words explaining why you are the perfect person to join us in this role at RD4AG by clicking APPLY TO THIS POSITION. About the company: Research Designed for Agriculture (RD4AG) provides independent agricultural research services to the agribusiness industry. In business since 1983, RD4AG is one of the leading CRO's in agri-products testing in a broad range of crops. As a contract research organization, we are partners in research and innovation with each one of our client companies in the assessment and regulatory aspects involved in developing exciting new technologies to further the success of agriculture in providing food and fiber. In the field, under real world conditions, we generate data for products and systems such as fertilizers, organic and conventional pesticides, growth enhancers, conventional and biotech seed and plant varieties, irrigation, equipment, farming systems, and more. Between our operations in the low desert of Arizona and the high plains of Montana we conduct field studies in over 75 different crops. We are a small, dynamic group of people who care about each other. We are passionate about what we do and feel that we are an important part of “Developing Tomorrow’s Agriculture”.Apply for this job.