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The Department of Plant Sciences is accepting applications for a full time Jr. Specialist. Seeking a highly motivated individual to work with a team focusing on assessing productivity as related to tree physiology and canopy structure. This will include digitizing of tree structure in the field for a cooperative project on mechanical harvesting for peach and pear. The Junior Specialist will also provide technical expertise focusing on image analysis for calculating canopy cover estimates from ground shadows in orchards, analyzing shoot growth characteristics to aid in modeling of tree growth and assessment of impacts of plant water status on shoot growth characteristics in almond, pistachio and walnut.

Research in Specialized Areas: image analysis, digitizing tree structure, and assisting in collecting and analyzing field data on plant water potential.

This position is responsible for carrying out analysis of data from proximally sensed images of orchard floor shadows in almond, pistachio and walnut to calculate canopy cover and assist in analyzing yield potential under different production practices and systems.

This position will take the lead in refining image analysis techniques for processing ground floor shadow images. The Junior Specialist is expected to refine and automatic methods currently being used in the lab to increase processing efficiency of images and to coauthor portions of manuscripts resulting from this work.

This position will also require coordination with collaborators in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering on a robotic harvest project on pears and peaches. This will include digitizing tree structure in the field and analyzing the data collected. The Junior Specialist will be expected to write and coauthor relevant portions of manuscripts resulting from this work.

This position is also expected to assist in collecting and analyzing plant water potential data in the field in connection with almond, pistachio and walnut field projects. The goal of this aspect of the work is to integrate the tree growth characteristics in the field with the image analysis data collected. The Junior Specialist will be expected to write and coauthor relevant portions of manuscripts resulting from this work.

Professional Competence and Activity Contribute to writing reports and presenting results to visitors and at outreach meetings, via the web, posters, etc. Participate actively in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations. Prepare information for presentations and extension meetings and attend commodity group meetings relevant to the research projects (i.e. Almond Board of California Conference, Statewide Pistachio Day, etc.).

University and Public Service The Junior Specialist will be required to provide training in image analysis techniques for collaborators including researchers from other groups as well as farm advisors. In addition, the Junior Specialist will be expected to provide mentorship to undergraduate students working in the lab. The Junior Specialist will also be expected to take part in committees within the department, college, campus and other university entities as appropriate.

Qualifications: BA or BS in Plant Biology, Plant Physiology, or Biological and Agricultural Engineering or related discipline. Candidate cannot be a registered UC Davis student. Candidate must be available for interview on the Davis Campus in late July.

Salary: $17.99/hr

How to Apply:


Three Postdoctoral positions available in the Ronald Laboratory at the University of California, Davis

We have recently identified and characterized a microbially derived tyrosine sulfated peptide that modulates host immunity and root development in rice, a genetically well-characterized crop that represents monocotyledonous species, and Arabidopsis, a representative dicot.

Two of the successful candidates will characterize rice mutants compromised in recognition and response to this peptide, identify amino acid residues regulating receptor/ligand binding, engineer immune receptors with novel specificities and determine the biological function of this peptide in the infection process (see Science Advances, 2015, Vol. 1, no. 6, e1500245 2015; and for recent work on this topic).

A third position is available to use a chemical genetics approach to identify genes that modulate root traits and drought tolerance in rice and tomato (see

The successful candidates must have a Ph.D., a strong record of accomplishment in plant or microbial genetics, molecular biology or protein biochemistry as well as the ability to design and conduct experiments independently; experience in supervising and training students; and excellent communication and writing skills.

There are abundant intellectual and training opportunities for postdoctoral fellows in the Ronald lab and at UC Davis in all aspects of agricultural science, modern genomics, proteomics, crystallography and bioinformatics. In addition to the facilities available in the UC Davis Department of Plant Pathology and at the UC Davis Genome Center, the postdoctoral fellow will have access to a wide range of facilities, resources and world-class expertize at the Joint Bioenergy Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits are included. The position is available for 1 year, renewable annually.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and three letters of reference before August 1 to Shannon Albers:

For more information please see:


College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California Davis, Department of Plant Sciences

Open Position: Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, International Agricultural Development

The Department of Plant Sciences invites applications for a full-time Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE), comparable to a tenure-track assistant professor appointment. LPSOE faculty are Academic Senate faculty members whose expertise and responsibilities center on undergraduate and graduate education, and scholarly analysis/improvement of teaching methods. The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching both lower and upper division undergraduate and graduate International Agricultural Development courses (IAD 103, 170, 200, 203). We seek applications from candidates with expertise in the history, theory and practice of international agricultural development and familiarity with the principles of project development, planning, monitoring and evaluation as applied to agricultural development.They will also be expected to play a leadership role in the scholarship of teaching and learning, working with other faculty to develop, implement and assess new pedagogical initiatives. Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in a field related to International Agricultural Development, preferably with postgraduate experience. The applicant will also be expected to play a leadership role in the scholarship of teaching and learning, providing academic advising, working with other faculty and graduate students to develop, implement, and assess new curricula and pedagogical initiatives. Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in a related discipline, preferably with teaching experience and direct experience with international development organizations. Other preferred qualifications include documented success in some or all of the following areas as related to instruction relevant to international agricultural development: teaching graduate and undergraduate classes, use of evidence based teaching practices, use of modern instructional technology potentially, ability to identify and develop effective teaching strategies for diverse student populations. Candidate must be willing to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. The appointee will have access to departmental facilities for research and teaching and will be encouraged to obtain extramural funds to support research. The appointee will also be expected to demonstrate continued professional growth and contribute to the university mission through service activities. Examples of professional growth may involve some or all of the following professional contributions and attainments: (i) research and publication in the candidate’s subject-matter discipline, (ii) pedagogical or curricular innovation, (iii) research and publication on pedagogy, (iv) professional activity in professional organizations, and (v) academic leadership within the University beyond normal service obligations.

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Closing date: open until filled, but all application materials must be received by August 1, 2017 to be assured full consideration.  Applicants should submit materials online at:       

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities. UC Davis is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity.



Illinois Foundation Seeds, Inc.

Sweet Corn Division
1178 CR 900N Tolono, IL 61880
(217) 485-6420

Sweet Corn Breeder

Job Posting

Illinois Foundation Seeds, Inc. is seeking a highly motivated Sweet Corn Breeder to lead the sweet corn research department’s efforts at Plover, WI in the responsibilities associated with breeding, evaluating and developing proprietary sweet corn hybrids and inbreds for commercial sales and licensing to wholesale vegetable companies worldwide.

The Sweet Corn Breeder’s responsibilities will include the following:

  • Responsible for all aspects of planning and implementing a sweet corn line development and hybrid testing program.
  • Develop an innovative and successful sweet corn product portfolio suited for target markets.
  • Develop and implement new technologies with appropriate allocation of resources.
  • Coordination of breeding trials including seeding, transplanting, harvest and evaluation ensuring appropriate data collection and entry.
  • Play an integral role in the product development team through hybrid evaluation, the organization and leading of customer visits, developing product data reports, and participation in product advancement decisions.
  • Lead and organize the maintenance and increase of inbred lines advanced within IFSI’s hybrid testing program.
  • Responsible for providing project status updates, reviews and evaluation and full reports for all research activities to appropriate individuals.
  • Support the supply team through the delivery of high quality breeder seed, organization of production trials, and germplasm/technical expertise.



  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Plant Breeding, Crop Science, or related field.
  • Evidence of ability to lead and manage a plant breeding program.
  • Knowledge in pathology, plant physiology, experimental design and statistics, and molecular markers.
  • Capable of working as a member of a team sharing responsibilities, ideas, inputs and coordinating for a meaningful and thorough outcome. Great temperament for working with growers, nurseries and various individuals outside of the company.
  • Capable of differentiating information or materials that are confidential and sharing information appropriately within and outside the IFSI organization.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and very good knowledge of computer applications, including database management.
  • Ability to work independently along with good team leadership and management skills.
  • Travel to off-site trial locations and contra-season nurseries, company vehicle provided. A valid driver’s license and passport will also be required.

REPORTING:           The Sweet Corn Breeder will report to the Vice President/Director of Research of the Sweet Corn division in Tolono, IL.


LOCATION:             Plover, WI

BENEFITS:               Salary commensurate with experience
Health Care Plan
401k Plan

CONTACT:               Send resume to the Sweet Corn Division’s Vice President/Director of Research, Charlie Thompson,

Illinois Foundation Seeds, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


ASPB Scholars Program

ASPB is delighted to announce an exciting opportunity to nurture the next generation of plant scientists. Open to 20 exceptional undergraduate and graduate students studying plant biology, the ASPB Conviron Scholars Program delivers an experience that is intended to serve as the foundation for a career in plant science.

For the 2017 program, a total of 20 students will be chosen to participate.

This program includes:

  • 1-year membership in ASPB
  • Free registration to one ASPB regional section meeting
  • Discounted registration to the Plant Biology Annual Meeting
  • Opportunity to present a poster at the Plant Biology meeting
  • Individual virtual mentoring and resume review
  • A unique hands-on learning program
  • Private online group network for ongoing discussions and Q&A
  • Opportunities for exposure to plant biologists who have taken different career tracks
  • Opportunity to submit an article to the ASPB blog
  • A copy of the book Career Planning for Research Bioscientists

Participants will receive a certificate of completion after one year of successful participation.

Initial application deadline: August 11, 2017. To learn more and apply, visit


Biological Science Technician (Molecular Biology)

Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

An online version of the preannouncement may be found at


Ag Association Management Services Inc. is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Associate Director

Ag Association Management Services, Inc. (AAMSI) provides management and operational services for associations, foundations, commissions, and marketing orders. We currently manage and/or provide services to a diverse group of agriculture-based organizations and are well-known in California for being a leader in agriculture. AAMSI is committed to providing the best possible representation with a professional staff and team of experts to address legislative, regulatory, and member concerns. Our passion for Ag runs deep and we've been fortunate to help lead and support Ag organizations for over thirty years.

Associate Director

The role of an associate director involves management of various associations which includes activities such as: board meeting organization and preparation; coordination of policy priorities if applicable to the association; industry and board of directors communications; coordination of research programs if applicable to the association; membership and business development; coordination of marketing programs if applicable to the association; delivery of member services.

The less task oriented description is that this is a dynamic and fast paced place to work with emphasis on flexibility and reliance on your ability to self-direct and return value back to the members of the associations. There's great opportunity for you to take ownership of a group or several groups and lead them according to the direction of each group's mission.


Positive Attitude, Desire to Succeed and a Willingness to work with a diverse group of team members. Candidates must be able to manage multiple projects, communicate effectively (verbal and written communication), and navigate computers, mobile communication devices and applicable programs.

A College degree and a passion for Agriculture preferred but not required.


Position is located in Sacramento, California


Competitive Salary

Health Benefits/Dental/Disability/Life Insurance – Optional Vision 401K with 5% match

Parking Included

Interested? Send resume /Contact Chris Zanobini ( or Anita Gore ( or Call 916-441-1064.


Job Description

POSITION TITLE: Agronomist (Certified Crop Advisor)

REPORTS TO: USA General Manager (USA GM)

DATE: April 2017


AGROINDUSTRIAL KIMITEC, (KIMITEC) has an exciting and challenging position for Agronomist based in Fresno, California. Under the general supervision of the Area Manager, Agronomist will work with national (US) and Canadian agribusiness and ag products dealers to open markets and offer an outstanding service to KIMITEC’s customers by introducing products, drafting fertilization plans, conducting trials, and answering technical questions regading to Kimitec s products.


AGROINDUSTRIAL KIMITEC, is a European High Tech company in agricultural industry. KIMITEC s Main Office and Factory are located in Spain, and its products are sold in all five continents. KIMITEC researches, develops, manufactures, and markets fertilizers, organic fertilizers, crop bio-nutrition, and bio-pesticides. Our strength is in our products, adaptability to crops and markets, and service to the customers.


This position reports to the USA GM and collaborates efforts with other collegues at the company. This job calls for a six month estimated training period in Almeria, Spain, where the Agronomist will learn KIMITEC’s products as well as work procedures. This period includes possible frequent travels within Spain and Others.

Candidate might be currently located in CA, preferly close to Fresno. Otherwise to be willing to move to required location s vacancy.


  • Responsible to ensure that all technical recommendations from the Agronomy Group are effectively transferred and available to the Regional Applied Research and Extension Teams.
  • Visits test plots and Commercial fields based agronomy projects on a weekly basis and document progress to other cross-functional teams and to the Agronomy Group
  • Collaborates with Regional Applied Research and Extension teams to implement trials and support growers on cultural best practices
  • Assist the Agronomy Manager in internal and external trainings.
  • Participate and co-organizing Applied Research and Grower Extension meetings.
  • Collect relevant data and information from Kimitec s Global technical network and effectively transfer the information to project teams.
  • Participates in the assessment of new technologies and growing practices that can highly impact Kimitec s growing operations.
  • Participates in the design of full crop cycle management practices for the projects on course in collaboration with the Agronomy Manager.
  • Visit customers and potential customers and introduce them all company’s products.
  • Recommend products and applications according to the crops needs.
  • Suggest and plan with the Trials Dept. trials to be performed.? Examine crop specimens to determine the presence of diseases or other problems.
  • Conduct various field research activities, including but not limited to: note-taking, data analysis, reporting, and crop and pest sample collection.
  • Conduct insect and plant disease surveys.
  • Respond to general inquiries and requests from the public.
  • Continuous learning and improvent.
  • Travel to locations in the US and Canada are required, as well as to other foreign countries.
  • Keep Area Manager informed is mandatory.
  • Ensures the confidentiality of Kimitec financial, proprietary and employee information.
  • Represents Kimitec in a manner that demonstrates KImitec Mission and Values in all interactions internally and externally.
  • Performs other duties as instructed
  • This job description is intended to describe the general nature of the work performed by employees in this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all the job's responsibilities, so other duties may be assigned. At Kimitec, all of our jobs include broad responsibilities for continually improving the processes we use to develop our products.


  • Previous experience working for an agricultural-related company is convenient.
  • BS or MSc required in Horticulture, Plant Science, or Agronomy. Other agriculture-related areas of emphasis may be considered with 3-5 years of experience in Precision Horticulture or Production under Controlled Environments or Soilless Systems.
  • 2-3 years of experience in Horticultural production or extension or agronomy support to horticultural crops
  • Candidate must be disciplined, self motivated and have strong verbal/written communication and the ability to effectively collaborate with others.
  • The ability to interact and work on a cross-functional team environment is fundamental
  • Curiosity, accuracy, detail orientation, organization, and analytical skills are essential
  • Ability to exercise flexibility, initiative, good judgment and discretion.
  • Excellent documentation skills to translate field based projects progress
  • Analytical skills to analyze problems in a multi- faceted way and to develop and participate in implementing solutions
  • California driver’s license and the ability to be covered under company-sponsored vehicle insurance program.
  • A valid passport and the ability to travel internationally without restrictions.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is mandatory
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to get along and work well with a diverse & multicultural group of people.

Candidates will send their resume and cover letter to or dial +34619111077.




POSITION TITLE: Breeding Coordinator

POSITION IN THE ORGANIZATION: Reports to the (Sr.) Breeder

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: Ensuring optimum coordination and administration of research trials.

Summary of responsibilities:

  • Administration of research seed inventory.
  • Maintain data in breeding database.
  • Support Breeders in trial evaluations.
  • Labor management.

Brief description of responsibilities and duties:

  • Administration of research seed inventory
    • Maintain accurate and current inventory of research seed in the seed vault including marker and disease testing of selected plants.
    • Oversee the assembly of research packets for trial programs and ensure proper distribution, under the direction of the respective Breeders.
    • Manage the preparation of trial packets for the 1st and 2nd screening programs and ensure proper distribution as needed.
    • Administer the collection and distribution of seed to the Production Department as needed, ensuring the approropriate documentation is included.
    • Lead and administer seed distribution to Phytopathology for appropriate testing.


Maintain data in breeding database

    • Ensure that relevant breeding information is maintained in the applicable database/software. Information includes but is not limited to results of physical, marker and disease tests.
    • Keep knowledge on breeding database systems current, through ongoing training.
    • Train and transfer knowledge of using database systems and data collection to technicians.

Support Breeders in trial evaluations

    • In collaboration with the respective Breeders, assist in inspecting and evaluating trial programs of both on station and off station trials.
    • Perform evaluations of 2nd screenings with respective Product Specialist as needed.
    • Estimate needed labor resources for sowing, thinning and harvest of trial programs and coordinate with facility management.

Labor management

    • Plan and organize the work of the Technicians and contract labor.
    • Proactively look for ways to bring efficiencies in managing labor resources, resulting in cost containment.
    • Review and approve timecards of Technicians in a timely manner using the HR timekeeping system, under the responsibility of the (Sr.) Breeder.
    • Other duties as assigned.

Job Profile:

Education / Knowledge

    • Education or experience at minimum Bachelor’s level supplemented with additional training courses.


    • Ability to compile and analyze data.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
    • Professional, assertive and clear communication skills (verbal and written).



    • A detail oriented team player.
    • Shows personal initiative, is flexible and pragmatic, and able to portray and promote a positive image of the company’s vision, mission and values.
    • Must maintain high confidentiality.


    • Performs tasks independently, under the responsibility of the (Sr.) Breeder.



    • Maintains contacts, both internal and external.


    • Assigns and leads tasks of  the Technicians and contract labor.


Working Conditions

    • Regularly works under pressure and frequently uses a computer screen.
    • Works during both slow and very busy periods. Works on Saturdays and holidays as necessary.
    • Performs mostly routine work.
    • Works under varying climate conditions and is exposed to outside working conditions.
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.


You can apply by clicking on this link:


Ag Association Management Services Inc. is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Research and Technical Coordinator

Ag Association Management Services, Inc. (AAMSI) provides management and operational services for associations, foundations, commissions, and marketing orders. We currently manage and/or provide services to a diverse group of agriculture-based organizations and are well-known in California for being a leader in agriculture. AAMSI is committed to providing the best possible representation with a professional staff and team of experts to address legislative, regulatory, and member concerns. Our passion for Ag runs deep and we've been fortunate to help lead and support Ag organizations for over thirty years.

Research, Field and Technical Coordinator

Ag Association Management Services Inc. on behalf of the California Cherry Board and several of its clients is looking to fill the position of Research/Field/Technical Director. The position requires an individual with the ability to manage their time effectively, strong communication skills to interact with the grower, research and regulatory communities along with a high level of integrity and willingness to work with a variety of people and on a variety of projects. A science or technical background is preferred but not required. A college degree is preferred and a strong ability to write effectively is required.

This position located out of our headquarters in Sacramento will require a significant amount of travel and time in areas around Fresno, Stockton/Lodi, and the Sacramento Delta as well as areas located south, such as Arvin/Bakersfield and north, such as Yuba City.

The individual will be responsible for scheduling and managing research committee meetings, soliciting, contracting and management of research projects, collaboration with other commodities, attending California and other state research reviews/meetings as well as grant writing and administration. The individual will also be expected with staff support to work on technical issues (ie; pesticide registration, phytosanitary issues, and invasive pests) on behalf of AAMSI and their clients.


Competitive Salary
Health Benefits/Dental/Disability/Life Insurance – Optional Vision 401K with 5% match
Parking Included

Interested? Send resume /Contact Chris Zanobini ( or Anita Gore ( or Call 916-441-1064.



Internship Program

At Monrovia, we Grow Beautifully ®. It is how we describe our culture of excellence, working together to grow beautiful plants to inspire and transform the world. The summer program runs for 9-weeks beginning in June and ending in August at our nurseries in Visalia, California; Dayton, Oregon; Cairo, Georgia; and Granby, Connecticut. The scheduled work week is Monday through Friday and while hours vary by nursery, they are typically around 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Interns are paid a standard rate per hour to cover living expenses. Internship housing and transportation is the responsibility of each intern. We offer assistance in finding or sharing housing with other interns.

Internships available in Sales, Operations, Marketing, I.T.

Find all the information you need at:

ny questions on the program may be directed to Claudia Santana at
(626) 513-0230 or



Molecular Lab Technician

Location: Woodland, California, USA

The technician will assist senior scientists in trait discovery and advancement, and QA/QC activities for Nuseed’s core crops of canola, sunflower and sorghum.

Principal tasks and accountabilities:

  • Assist senior scientists in developing and employing molecular tools to support breeding and QA/QC
  • Conduct experiments and analyze experimental data
  • Coordinate lab-field activities
  • Troubleshooting
  • Keep accurate records
  • Comply with company policies

Experience and qualifications:

  • An associate degree in plant biology, agronomy or related fields
  • Hands on experience in DNA extraction and PCR
  • Ability to conduct experiments independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent leadership, multi-task project management, and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Self-motivated with good working ethic and positive attitude


  • Customer Focus- Builds strong customer relationships and delivers customer-centric solutions.
  • Drives Engagement – Creates a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.
  • Drives Results – Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Instills Trust – Gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity and authenticity.
  • Nimble Learning – Actively learns through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.
  • Plans and Aligns – Plans and prioritizes work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.
  • Situational Adaptability – Adapts approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations.

Candidates in US ONLY

If this is you - send us your resume and cover letter to the following email address:

The Company will make reasonable accommodations to individuals with known disabilities who are able to perform the essential functions of their jobs with or without such accommodations, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the Company’s operations. Individuals requiring accommodation should speak to the Company’s Human Resources Department concerning their needs.


More positions from: Nuseed Americas Inc.

Posted from March 14, 2017 until September 14, 2017
SeedQuest reference number: 86223

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the country where the position is located.



Student Farm at UC Davis

The Student Farm at UC Davis (SF) is seeking a new director to lead the continued development of the SF as a learning community where students from many disciplines work to create, maintain and explore sustainable food systems on a 20+ acre farm. A key component of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), the SF has served UC Davis students and faculty and the public with educational, research, and outreach opportunities focused on sustainable agriculture and food systems for 40 years. Each year over 400 students engage in staff- and faculty-mentored experiential learning through which they come to understand sustainability through the soils, crops, climate, and community in which they work and within programs ranging from backyard garden scale to mechanized crop and compost production

The SF Director provides intellectual, academic, and community leadership to the SF and has primary responsibility for overall vision and administration as well as the programs' educational, research and public service functions.  The Director collaborates with staff and students to ensure the SF learning community collectively develops and achieves it short-term and long-term goals focused on just and sustainable agriculture and food systems, experiential learning, and student leadership and empowerment.

Recruitment period:

Open date: December 1st, 2016

Next review date: February 21st, 2017

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: November 14th, 2017

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Job is located on the UC Davis campus in Davis, CA.

See a full job description and apply for the position here.

Learn more about the Student Farm and the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.