Research Assistant – Sweet Corn
The Research Assistant II for sweet corn will provide breeding support for all phases of the Sweet Corn Breeding Project as needed. The successful candidate will assist the breeding program in seed preparation, seed transport, seed storage, trial and nursery planting, nursery pollinations, trial evaluations, seed harvest, field maintenance, some facilities maintenance, off-site sweet corn breeding support and cross functional support to local departments located at the Nampa facility. A major function of this position requires oversight of contract and seasonal staff as well as working side by side with these individuals in often harsh field environments. This position will require obtaining an Idaho pesticide applicators license. Active participation in company safety programs will be mandatory.Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.-Independently implements breeding processes, with breeder”s guidelines: support variety and inbred evaluations, field data collection, coordination of onsite and offsite activities, seed harvesting and cleaning, seed storage and database management.-Assist the Sweet Corn Breeding Team as needed in the day to day basic operations and activities of the plant breeding program: inventory management, list preparation, seed preparation, seed sowing, marker sampling, planting, pollination, hybrid evaluation, seed and plot harvest, domestic and international seed shipment and phytosanitary management.-Assists in the budget management of the Sweet Corn Breeding program.-Play a key role in the implementation of new proprietary breeding database (BOS) and become an expert for the benefit of the breeding team (when program comes online).-Assist the Sweet Corn Breeding Team in the receipt and distribution of seeds for seed production, variety trials, product development, marketing etc.-Supervise and work side by side with the field crew in all aspects of seeding, thinning, pollinating and seed harvest.-Take up additional responsibilities in the absence of on-site breeder as necessary.Supervisory ResponsibilitiesSeasonal, and permanent (research aides). Oversee the work assignments of contract labor. Education and/or Experience
* Minimum BS in biology, agronomy, horticulture or related fields. * Ability to speak and write English. Spanish competency will be of benefit. * Able to travel internationally and domestically as required for business.