Vegetable Crop Production Specialist in Nampa, ID

Illinois Foundation Seeds Inc.
Illinois Foundation Seeds Inc. (IFSI) is an independent company delivering the leading research, product development, licensing, and production for the seed industry’s sweet corn and field crops.
Quality in our Team – We have assembled a team of some of the brightest minds and hardest workers in the business. It is the perfect mix – brilliant, young innovators and wise, experienced veterans working side by side, building on what’s made us the industry leader. With strong science and distinct market knowledge, paired with a strong work ethic and an easy-going spirit, this translates to a team our customers stay with over the long haul.
General Purpose:
Illinois Foundation Seeds, Inc. is seeking a highly motivated Vegetable Crop Production Specialist to assist the Charter Seed business unit’s seed production. The Vegetable Crop Production Specialist will have primary responsibilities with sweet corn, and some responsibilities in secondary crops like beans, peas, and other garden vegetables. Primary responsibilities in Idaho.

The Vegetable Crop Production Specialist responsibilities will include the following:

  • Responsible for assisting in all aspects of seed production
    • Primary responsibility in agronomic data collection.
  • Maintain high standards
    • Safety
    • Compliance
    • Seed quality
    • Cost
    • Supply reliability
  • Develop and implement new technologies with appropriate allocation of resources.
  • Monitoring production fields
    • Ensuring adherence to protocols are completed accurately and timely
    • Grower communication and documentation of activities.
  • Cultivate partnership with key business partners
  • Oversee field operations
    • Planting
    • Detasseling,
    • Field scouting for disease and insect
  • Contract required production acres and isolations with seed growers
    • To maximize yield and deliver seed meeting quality specifications.
  • Provide coaching and training to seasonal workforce, trainees, and peers.
  • Play an integral role in the Production Team
    • Through inbred evaluation
    • The organization and leading of customer visits
    • Developing production data reports.
  • Responsible for providing project status updates
    • Reviews
    • Evaluation
  • Full reports for all research activities to appropriate individuals.
The following skills and characteristics are important:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, or related field, or commensurate experience.
  • Evidence of ability to lead and manage field production, with an attention to detail and high expectations of seed quality.
  • Experience working in agriculture understanding that overtime and weekends are required in peak seasons.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs (bag of seed).
  • Capable of working as a member of a team sharing responsibilities, ideas, inputs and coordinating for a meaningful and thorough outcome. Great temperament for working with growers, and various individuals outside of the company.
  • Capable of differentiating information or materials that are confidential and sharing information appropriately within and outside the IFSI organization.
  • Strong organizational, record keeping, written and oral communication skills, as well as a very good knowledge of computer applications.
  • Ability to work independently along with good team leadership and management skills.
  • Travel to off-site production locations, company vehicle provided. A valid driver’s license and good driving record will also be required.
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Full benefit package: Health, Dental, Vision, Life, LTD, 401k
Reporting: This position will report to the Vegetable Crop Production Manager in Nampa, ID
Illinois Foundation Seeds, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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