Hot Pepper Breeder Technician

LOCATION:

Woodland, CA

DEPARTMENT:

Research

JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for performing diverse tasks such as sowing, transplanting, crop maintenance, sanitation, pollination, harvesting, evaluation, record keeping, and seed extraction for the Hot Pepper Breeding Program. Most activities will be performed at the Woodland Research Station and be conducted in accordance with specific directions and protocols. In addition, responsible for taking field notes on the trial’s performance during the plant cycle and assisting in the evaluation of the crop. Occasional local travel required.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES*:

  • Review and follow the protocols set and approved by the program leader, according to company polices.
  • Check on seedlings in the transplant house and make sure they are growing according to industry specifications.
  • Check on the greenhouses’ irrigation systems and cooling system and learn how to trouble-shoot frequent malfunctions.
  • Keep track of the field and greenhouse supplies, making sure they are available when needed.
  • Coordinate with Farm Manager and Breeder Assistants regarding chemical applications in the field and greenhouses.
  • Actively participates in the planning, design, execution, maintenance, evaluation, harvest, and seed extraction of Hot Pepper nurseries and trials.
  • Assists pathology staff on diverse tasks relating to hot pepper disease screens. Scout the plants in the field, cages and greenhouses for pests and diseases; report findings to the supervisor and field manager.
  • Assists plant breeding staff on diverse tasks relating to greenhouse management and organization. Check on the greenhouse daily to make sure everything is working fine and report any malfunctions to the direct supervisor.
  • Assists hot pepper breeding staff on seed inventory management, organization and record keeping. Check on the seed-room daily, to make sure everything is working fine, and report any malfunctions to the direct supervisor and the station manager.
  • Coordinate the preparation, organization, packing and shipping of seed or other plant materials to offsite locations (i.e. pathology and marker testing labs, germplasm exchange with Sakata affiliates, offsite trials, etc.).
  • Organize and maintain equipment.
  • Oversees day laborers as needed and checks their work quality. Follow and make sure that the contract crews are following all company safety procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.

OTHER DUTIES:

  • Assist in coordinating and evaluating off-station trials.
  • Assist with on-station transplant production.
  • Other duties as assigned by Sr. Hot Pepper Breeder.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of basic horticulture, biology and/or microbiology.
  • Strong desire to learn and improve horticultural knowledge relating to vegetable breeding and plant pathology.
  • Ability to perform tasks in accordance with specific, detailed instructions and protocols.
  • Good communication skills and ability to work well and coordinate activities with co-workers.
  • Must have excellent manual dexterity, spatial perception, and visual discrimination. Must have ability to discern superior plant individuals.
  • Computer experience with Microsoft Office software desired – especially Excel, Access, Outlook.
  • Ability to handle stress especially when encountering necessary projects, deadlines and/or high workload.
  • Must be able to work under strict time constraints and requirements.

 

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture/Horticulture or related field preferred. Associate’s degree acceptable as long as candidate has 3 or more years of experience in a similar job.
  • Agricultural background highly desirable.
  • Experience may be substituted, in part, for education.
  • Must have a valid driver license.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Must be able to work under different weather conditions such as extremes of temperature, humidity, and rain.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to bend frequently several times in one workday and as needed when plants are small (Greenhouse, Cages, Open Field). Bending is also needed for field marking, for transplanting, harvest and many other activities related to the job.
  • Must maintain accuracy and efficiency while performing tedious tasks.
  • Must be willing and able to wear personal protective gear when required and/or necessary.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Must be able to work with chemicals and other irritating substances.

 

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

  • Salary: $23-$25 per hour
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance coverage for employees and their families
  • Basic Life & AD&D Insurance
  • 401k program with company match
  • Profit Sharing program (via 401k)
  • Holiday & Performance Incentive Bonus program
  • Paid Vacation: 10 days per year to start, increases with tenure
  • Sick Leave: 1 hour accrued per 30 hours worked for first 30 days, 6.67 hours per month after.
  • 14 paid company holidays, 2 floating holidays & birthday off
  • Paid Family Leave: 15 days after 12 months of service for FMLA qualifying events
  • Company provided EAP
  • Company provided subsidy for health/fitness clubs & apps

 

* To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty (as described above) satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable Individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

 

To apply, send resume to HR@sakata.com