Research Agronomist

Research Agronomist

Position: Research Agronomist
Department: Research & Development; Ag. Operations
Reports to: Research & Development Manager; VP Ag. Operations

Summary: The Research Agronomist is the primary individual responsible for applying technical and scientific knowledge to drive the experimental variety selection program, as well as agricultural processes innovation projects. Under the supervision of R&D and Ag. Operations, the research agronomist will be responsible for coordinating and executing research trials in a cross-functional environment. This position will spend a large percentage of time in the field, working directly with growers and seed companies.

Responsibilities:
- Work closely with growers and seed companies to determine the proper execution of field experiments and data management.
- Responsible for the preparation for planting, field plot maintenance, data collection and harvesting of experimental varieties. Perform regular visits to the field to evaluate experiments, and ensure that data collection is complete and accurate.
- Identify farming challenges and opportunities and propose solutions through research trials. Drive agricultural processes innovation projects.
- Report research outcomes, support the preparation of technical reports and document best practices.
- Lead cross-functional communication with other business units (Production, Procurement, Quality, etc.) and support trial execution at our fresh-cut processing facilities.
- Manage the R&D farm and support customer tours.
- Develop a strong relationship with growers and regular interaction with key team members.
- Liaise with commercial seed companies, breeders, scientists, universities and research centers for project related needs.
- Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
- Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, Horticulture, Soil Science, Plant Pathology or a closely related field.
- 1-3 years working in field research preferred or Master’s Degree.

Required Skills:
- Previous farming / field research experience.
- Knowledge of field plot design, experimental procedures, statistics and data interpretation.
- Be familiar with proper identification of plant disease and insect pests affecting leafy vegetables.
- Be familiar with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA) guidelines.
- Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of applications (Word, PowerPoint and Excel).
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Candidate must be highly organized and detail oriented.
- Demonstrated self-discipline, ability to function effectively without direct supervision, and ability to work in a team.
- Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
- Excellent time management skills. Candidate must be able to handle several projects in a fast pace environment.
- Knowledge of Spanish language will be a plus.

Other Qualifications:
- Candidate must be able to travel up to 40% to our various harvesting and processing geographical areas of California and Arizona
- Candidate must be able to travel up to 40% to our various harvesting and processing geographical areas.
- California driver’s license and the ability to be covered under company-sponsored vehicle insurance program.
- Able to lift 40 lbs. and to work in field conditions.

 

LOCATIONS

 


Sales & Main Office


19065 Portola Drive
Salinas, CA 93908


Processing Plant


1275 San Justo Road
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045


Processing Plant 

(Winter Season)


2955 S Avenue 2½ E
Yuma, AZ 85365

 

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Sales:

6am-5pm: Mon-Fri
7am-11am: Sat
Closed: Sunday

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6.30am - Midnight
(Mon-Sat)
Closed: Sunday