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Assistant Agronomist


Boise, ID, US, 83706-1211

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


This role supports the Agronomic Sciences Team to perform greenhouse, tissue culture lab, seed and field trial efforts at Simplot Plant Sciences, where the goal is to genetically improve potato and other crops through biotechnology and breeding. Requires a highly motivated individual to work in conjunction with R&D to carry out vegetative propagation and seed production protocols; assist in the greenhouse with plant maintenance and optimization; and design, manage, analyze, and report agronomy research trials. The candidate would preferably have experience in applied agricultural science. He/she must demonstrate the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team, communicate effectively, and actively participate in discussions and meetings. A demonstrated competency in agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, or soil fertility would be desirable.

Key Responsibilities
  • Carry out field trials for R&D teams including, site prepararion, planting, watering, pest management, harvesting etc.
  • Use and maintain a varity of farm equipment used for plant growing.
  • Travel to different field trial sites to ensure proper plant growth and collect data.
  • Become proficient with Biotechnology Quality Management Systems (BQMS) and other in-house quality management systems to ensure regulatory compliance and the tracking and containment of regulated material.
  • Contribute to writing detailed operating protocols, record, organize, and analyze data, present technical reports and summaries.
  • Optimize existing methods and rapidly adapts new methods in tissue culture, greenhouse, and field.
  • Participate in all facets of project work including logistics, planning, coordination, and inventory management.
Typical Education
  • ​​​​​​Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4 year college or university
Relevant Experience
  • 2+ years of releveant experience in agronomy/hornicutlture.
  • Must have ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be willing to commute 1-4 hours away to attend field sites during growing/harvest season.
Other Information

Familiarity with field testing, data analysis and data reporting. Ability to troubleshoot, optimize and validate agronomic/greenhouse assays and procedures. Ability to work within and enjoy a team-based environment. Ability to use agronomic methodologies/instruments or willingness to be trained in their use.

Job Requisition ID: 1673

Travel Required: Less than 10%

Location(s): Irving St Building A R&D - Boise 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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