RESEARCH ASSOCIATE II
Research Associate II
Location: Marshalltown, IA
Purpose and Scope
Intermediate level position in the Research Department which requires experience in the field of agricultural research. The main responsibility for this job will be conducting mini-strip and replicated testing as well as participating in other facets of Beck’s Research Department.
Coordinate plot locations and logistics with plot cooperators
Measuring and setting flags
Working with cooperators to ensure proper seedbed preparation, fertility program and weed control
Prepare seed for mini-strip and replicated testing
Planting of mini-strip and replicated plots
Transporting planting equipment to outlying locations
Ensuring plots are planted as directed by the Testing Site Lead
Stand counts, early vigor
Physical characteristics (Plant and ear heights, etc)
Disease evaluation and agronomic notes
Work with cooperators to ensure plots are maintained to Beck’s standards
Apply Fertilizer, herbicide and insecticide as needed
Transporting harvest equipment to outlying locations
Collect fall agronomic notes (stability, plant integrity, etc)
Conduct harvest of mini-strip and replicated plots
Research Equipment Maintenance
Ensure machinery is maintained to Beck’s Hybrids standards to minimize downtime
Diagnose and make repairs as needed
Some duties may include the preparation of yield reports for Beck’s Product Development Staff
Inventory incoming shipments
Pick and stage outgoing shipments
Perform seed deliveries as needed
May assist with Seed Conditioning as needed by Foundation Seed Manager during winter months.
Supervise full time employees, part time employees, and interns that report to the Research Associate II.
Work in other areas of Beck’s Hybrids operations as directed by the Testing Site Lead to ensure efficient site operations.
1. Education and training:
Bachelor of Science degree in an agricultural related field.
Class A CDL
Pesticide applicator license
Must possess and maintain valid driver’s license and insurable driving record as determined by Beck’s automobile insurance policy.
2. Technical knowledge:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Possess strong agronomic and mechanical skills.
Possess positive attitude.
Strong agricultural knowledge
Ability to establish priorities, work independently, work as a team member, and proceed with objectives without supervision.
Skill to use personal computer and various software packages
Overnight travel is required
3. Physical demands:
Ability to pass DOT physical examination and obtain Medical Examiner’s Certificate required.
Must be able to lift up to 70 pounds unassisted.
2 years field research experience