Multi-Crop Research Technician in Shakopee, MN

KWS Group

Job Description

Are you passionate about agriculture and looking for a new growth opportunity? KWS Seeds, LLC is currently looking for a Muti-Crop Station Research Technician with a focus in seed production to join our team at our Shakopee, MN Location on a full-time basis!
This Technician position will work in all aspects of sugarbeet seed production including planting, checking plants for sterility and fertility, entering data, and harvesting. Important areas of this role include maintaining accurate records and adhering to quality standards.
Essential job functions:
  • Become proficient in checking fertility or sterility in sugarbeet seed plants.
  • Become proficient with phytosanitary practices and IPM.
  • Ensure completion of detailed records for seed production activities
  • Independently create work plans based on experience and knowledge of best practices, write and deliver work instructions, draw maps for plots, make weather-related decisions for the success of regulated trials and safety of workers.
  • Organize and sort plant material to ensure setup and planting arrangement are done accurately.
  • Operate the required proprietary software for data collection.
  • Direct and operate planting and harvest equipment including proprietary technology and equipment, which will include commercial vehicles and forklifts.
  • Provide training and work direction to temporary workers and coordinate work schedules as needed.
  • Keep detailed records of activities, which include regulatory records, and utilize correct reporting methods.
  • Organize, direct and apply pesticides to field sites under the direction of qualified personnel as needed.
  • Perform general maintenance and cleaning or sanitation tasks.
  • Assist with other Research Station activities.
  • Comply with regulatory compliance guidelines.
  • Ensure Company handbook, Rules, Guidelines and Procedures and safety policies are followed and personal protective equipment is used correctly.
  • Meet attendance requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • May assist in steck harvest in December and January in Arizona
  • Travel and/or drive on behalf of the business.
Required qualifications:
  • Associate degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational and communication skills with consistent attention to detail.
  • Ability to work variable hours including occasional weekends as required by the business.
  • Valid Driver’s License and acceptable driving history.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team with flexibility.
  • Strong computer skills with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Preferred qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree, or higher, or equivalent in a related field and/or 2 years’ experience in agriculture, crop production, general farming, landscaping, greenhouse or similar.
  • Experience working with regulated plant material.
  • Experience working with agricultural pesticide applications.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Valid CDL license or ability to obtain CDL within 6 months of hire.
  • Have or be able to obtain Pesticide Applicator License.
Working environment:
Perform outdoor and indoor work in variable conditions including heat, cold, dust wind and rain. Field and greenhouse environments with exposure to pollen and handling chemicals.
Physical demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and move objects up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
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About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. Over 5,000 employees in more than 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.5 billion in the fiscal year 2021/2022. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugarbeet, cereals, vegetables, oilseed rape and sunflower. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €285 million last fiscal year in research and development.

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