As the largest, family-owned retail seed company in the United States, Beck’s Hybrids 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.

We're hiring a Testing Site Lead at our Marshalltown, IA research location to lead our breeding research plots at the facility and on farms in surrounding areas in IA, MO, IL, and WI. You'll work closely with 2 on-site corn breeders to prioritize research. You'll have 8 direct reports to assist you in preparing, planting, analyzing and harvesting the research plots. You'll focus on designing the experiments and planning for all of the logistics needed to accomplish them.

This is a great opportunity to join an innovative company in a leadership role. Beck's offers great salary, benefits, continued education and career growth paths. 

Responsibilities will include:
  • 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
  • Ensuring plots are planted as directed by the Regional Operations Manager
  • Data Collection
  • 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.
Quality applicants will possess:
1. Education and Training
  • Bachelor of Science degree in an agricultural related field such as: agronomy, plant breeding, seed science, seed technology, plant genetics, crop science, plant physiology
  • Class A CDL – preferred, but can be obtained upon hire
  • Pesticide applicator license
  • Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) 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 during planting and harvest
  • 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 
  • 5-10+ years field research experience. Strong knowledge of the breeding research process is desirable.
  • Supervisory experience preferred. 
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