Strawberry Breeding Assistant

Job Listing No: 9740000

Strawberry Breeding Assistant

JOB DESCRIPTION: ?Plant Sciences, Inc. is an industry leader in producing proprietary strawberry genetics.? As part of the testing and selection process, we conduct varietal field evaluations of our genetics in grower fields in central and southern California. The objective of this selection process is to produce varieties with improvements in production, fruit size, pest and disease resistance, and desirable production timing.? Along with our field evaluations, we conduct fruit quality evaluations to simulate traditional shipping and handling of the product. We select for fruit with improvements in flavor, post-harvest fruit quality, color, disease and pest resistance and overall appearance.? The Strawberry Breeding Department at Plant Sciences, Inc. also oversees research nursery propagation in both our high-elevation and low-elevation strawberry nursery facilities in Macdoel, California and Manteca, California respectively.? The ultimate goal of Plant Sciences' strawberry breeding department is to develop high quality, flavorful fruit with increased shelf life, improved yields and fruit size, and reduced disease and pest susceptibility; all this to meet consumer demands and bring success to those we collaborate with and serve.SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIESTravel to and from research fruiting field test sites (multiple locations)Travel to and from research nursery field sites (multiple locations)Test plot and nursery design, layout and establishmentAssist in collecting, recording, and analyzing test plot dataPerform post-harvest fruit quality assessmentsPerform crosses on strawberry plantsOversee harvest of research nursery plantsREQUIREMENTS AND SKILLSA BSc or MSc in a biological science or related agricultural fieldAbility to keep accurate and detailed records of all research operations and work, both independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team on larger projectsStrong analytical and organizational skillsEffective time management skillsStrong leadership skillsAbility to work with planting and harvest crewsA valid driver?s licenseWillingness to travel regularly as the job requiresBilingual; fluency in English and Spanish would be beneficialResearch experience in agriculture or a plant breeding settingAbility to work with Microsoft Office, especially ExcelTO APPLY:? Please email (rnoonan@plantsciences.com) or mail your cover letter, resume and any job-related letters of recommendation to Richard J. Noonan, Plant Sciences, Inc., 342 Green Valley Road, Watsonville, CA 95076.

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