Answer Plot Research Specialist- Ohio
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Bowling Green, OhioWood County
You’ll join a global team committed to everything from the seeds that go into the ground, to the technology that improves crop yields and sustainability, to the nutrition that animals need, to marketing the final product.
Answer Plot Research Specialist- Ohio
We’re hiring an Answer Plot Research Specialist to work at our answer plot locations in the Bowling Green/Findlay Ohio territory. The Research Specialist role is the operating arm of an Answer Plot Team. The person in this role performs all aspects of operational functions including but not limited to: farm equipment preparation & operation, seed prep, equipment transport, field operations and GIS applications. The Research Specialist reports to a Research Manager for his designated territory and assists in planning and executing the Answer Plot objectives for his/her region. The Research Specialist must be able to communicate effectively, keep detailed records, and follow instructions. Customer focus is imperative.
Crop scouting/advising: Walk Answer Plots to evaluate weed control, insect infestations and disease outbreaks, consulting with Agronomists or Technical Seed Managers on solutions, and planning operations to resolve issues with crop production.
Field Operations: Planting, spraying, harvest and protocol execution at each plot location.
Answer Plot maintenance and preparation: Prepare sites for training sessions or grower field days. Grooming plots and planning protocol execution to coincide with these events is paramount.
Oversee and coordinate temporary labor needs: Summer Research Technicians require direction from Research Specialists to complete operational goals. The Research Specialist develops workflows and task lists and trains Summer Research Technicians on skills necessary to complete the work in a timely manner with exceptional quality.
Answer Plot Planning Activities: Assist Research Manager in a number of planning and organizing tasks such as but not limited to the following: sourcing sites, developing contracts, site layout, entry lists, database setup, equipment prep, fertilizer and Crop Protection Product (CPP) planning, operational plans, and data flow planning
Work with the Land O’Lakes safety team to ensure DOT and Safety compliance. This includes tracking fuel receipts, RAIR compliance; ensuring proper log book procedures are followed.
Competencies and other skills:
Must have ability to lift 50 lbs, able to climb on and off of farm/research equipment and able to walk and work in field plots.
Delivers Results – Makes commitments and keeps them. Gets things done in collapsed time frames. Reduces complexity and increases focus. Delivers industry leading results.
Adaptability/Flexibility – Maintains effectiveness despite changes. Can change direction quickly.
Customer Focus – Responds appropriately and takes personal responsibility for meeting customers’ expectations. Maintains effective communications with customers. Works to improve service with customers by knowing and anticipating customers’ needs and matching needs to products/services
Understanding of technical and professional skills or knowledge in Agronomy, Ag Technology, and Ag Business profession.
Should be able to communicate with all levels (verbal and written).
Strong attention to detail.
Environment: Farm/research equipment can be loud, fields are dusty and dirty, and weather conditions can vary from hot and humid to cold and wet.
Land O’Lakes, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) M/F/Vets/Disabled. The company maintains a drug-free workforce, including pre- and post-employment substance abuse testing pursuant to a Drug and Alcohol Policy.
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Experience and Education:
College degree in Ag related field or related experience may be considered
2 years of small plot or Ag retail experience desired or 1-2 years previous answer plot summer research technician experience
Must have or can obtain a Class A CDL and Pesticide Applicators License within first 60 days of employment
Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft suite of products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Desire experience with Arc GIS.
Ability to work independently and in a team environment
Must have a valid driver’s license acceptable to company policy in order to operate company vehicle
Previous experience operating farm or research equipment would be ideal
Role will require daily and overnight travel, as well as extended hours (including weekends) (30-40% or more) during planting and harvest seasons
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