The Assistant Plant Breeder is responsible for the research and development programs. In addition, they will also be responsible for the Seed Production Programs which includes artichoke, rapini, celery, lettuce and cardone.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Implement research methods and techniques for improving plant breeding
  • Maintain detailed records throughout the research and development cycle.
  • Assist with maintaining and forecasting a budget for breeding activities.
  • Develop and maintain key industry links.
  • Increase program:
             -   Observation trials
             -   Single row trials
             -   Increase blocks
             -   Accurate yield data
             -   Determine any serious issues
             -   Full production
  • In cooperation with the Production Group, develop trial planning for all growing regions (Salinas Valley, Huron, Oxnard and assist with Desert Trials Program) of all crops as directed.
  • Accurately plant trials in a timely manner.
  • Accurately map all trials and distribute maps to all members of the Production Group in a timely manner.
  • Monitor all trials throughout growing cycle.
  • Assist in rogueing, bagging and harvest operations as directed.
  • Occasionally perform crosses under supervision as directed.
  • Lead small crews to accomplish necessary projects as directed.
  • Assist Commodity Supervisors when necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in crop science, plant genetics, or related field is required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of progressive general and breeding experience is preferred.
  • Possess strong project management skills.
  • Ability to work with and manage a high level of detailed information.
  • Administer research results and make recommendations on a management level.
  • Ability to identify and resolve complex problems.
  • Spend time as necessary in the company’s production and growing areas: Coachella or Yuma Valleys. Able to travel internationally to Mexico may be needed.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Understand and converse in Spanish is highly desirable.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely; both orally and in writing.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is highly desired
  • Proficient computer skills.