Farm Technician

Driscoll's

Job Description

JOB: Seasonal Applied Research Technician

DEPARTMENT: Applied Research

LOCATIONS: Dover FL, Tampa FL (main locations), Driscoll’s Test Plots, Grower Fields

HOURLY PAY: $18.00

WORK LENGTH: October to May 28, 2023

JOB SUMMARY:

The seasonal Applied Research employee will be involved in day-to-day AR program activities and data collection in both test plot and grower field settings. These responsibilities will include (but not limited to) field observations, collecting yield data, postharvest berry evaluations, and pick plot data collection (harvesting) on grower fields. This employee will work closely with the local Applied Research Scientist and interact with multiple departments within Driscoll’s including Breeding, R&D Farming, Production, QA, and more.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Have 1-3 years of experience working with horticultural crops.
  • Experience in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Candidate must be self-motivated and have the ability to work independently with minimal instruction.
  • Must be able to stand or walk for extended periods of time.
  • Have flexibility in working hours (Monday through Friday)
  • Have reliable transportation to work location. Be able to work in an office, commercial cooler, and an outdoor field environment where temperatures and conditions can be variable.
  • Candidate must have strong written and verbal communication skills to effectively collaborate with other team members.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Florida driver’s license and the ability to be covered under company-sponsored vehicle insurance program.
  • Be focused, detail oriented, and able to work independently.
  • Be reliable, honest, passionate, and trustworthy with strong communication skills.
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in test plot observations and data collection within the raspberry test plot. This includes, but is not limited to, measuring bud break, making sure canes are trained, scouting for pests and other issues, transporting and submitting fruit for flavor testing, QA and shipping.
  • Accurately and efficiently assist the team in sampling strawberries for nutrient analysis submissions. This will include working with our local labs that provide testing.
  • Assist field observations via iForm app submissions.
  • Collect and prepare yield data from pick plots established at grower fields in on-farm row trials.
  • Ensure Driscoll’s confidential and proprietary information and materials.
  • Adhere to food safety requirements while on the job sites.
  • Other duties as assigned.*

ABOUT THE COMPANY:

Driscoll’s is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll’s is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll’s exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll’s is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries ™.

*This job description is intended to describe the general nature of the work performed by employees in this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all the job’s responsibilities. At Driscoll’s, all of our jobs include broad responsibilities for continually improving the processes we use to develop our products.

Job Type: Temporary

Pay: From $18.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift

COVID-19 considerations:
We follow Florida and Federal guidances for COVID-19 precautions.

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Required)

License/Certification:

  • Driver’s License (Required)

Work Location: One location

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