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Testing Site Lead

Testing Site Lead

Location: Marshalltown, IA
Department: Research

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Purpose and Scope

As the largest, family-owned retail seed company in the United States, Beck’s was founded on faith, hard work, and innovation of our family and family of employees. As we continue to grow, our culture is maintained by those who work hard to make a difference in the lives of farmers. Beck’s is seeking quality individuals to join our family of employees.

Our Testing Site Lead will champion a team atmosphere while leading and coaching our multi functional research testing team. Our Testing Site Lead will have experience working with a crop breeding program with 5 years experience with yield testing.


Coordinate plot locations and logistics with plot cooperators

Ensure plots are of the desired characteristics

Ensure plots are measured and flagged accurately

Planting of mini-strip and replicated plots

Transporting planting equipment to outlying locations

Ensuring plots are planted as directed by the Regional Operations Manager

Data Collection

Collect data needed as directed by the Regional Operations Manager.

Plot maintenance

Work with cooperators to ensure plots are maintained to Beck’s standards

Apply fertilizer, herbicide, and insecticide as needed

Plot harvest

Transporting harvest equipment to outlying locations

Collect fall agronomic notes (standability, 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

Supervise full time and part time testing employees on site.

Participate in interviewing team members on site.

Ensure part time labor needs are met to accomplish tasks directed by the Regional Operations Manager.

Work with other department leads on site in an effort to keep the site operating at maximum efficiency.

Other duties as required by the Regional Operations Manager.

Job Requirements

1. Education and Training

Bachelor of Science degree in an agricultural related field

Class A CDL

Pesticide applicator license

Certified Crop Adviser preferred

Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and insurable driving record as determined by Beck’s automobile insurance policy.

2. Technical Requirements:

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

Possess a high level of attention to detail

Strong working knowledge of field research equipment, specifically plot planters, plot combines and data collection equipment, and field computers.

3. Physical demands:

Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds frequently, and up to 70 pounds occasionally

Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time

Ability to work in all weather conditions

Must be able to pass DOT physical examination and obtain Medical Examiner’s Certificate.

4. Experience

A minimum of 5 years field research experience. Supervisory experience preferred

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