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Seed Research Technician
Seed Research Technician
Supervised by: Germplasm Manager
Status: Full-Time Position
Founded in 2013, CoverCress, Inc. (“CCI”) is an innovative startup company delivering a new, climate-smart winter oilseed cash crop. Using plant breeding to improve yield and maturity combined with advanced gene-editing tools to improve the quality and composition of fiber and oil, CCI has converted field pennycress into CoverCress™. Farmers can grow a third cash crop in two seasons by incorporating CoverCress™ into their system as a winter crop between the standard corn/soybean rotation. Through a closed-loop commercial system, harvested CoverCress™ grain generates farm revenue from two markets – when used in its whole grain form, as a low-inclusion, high-quality protein feed ingredient for broiler chickens and when crushed as an ultra-low-carbon intensity oil for renewable fuel feedstock and a high-quality protein meal for animal feed. In addition to the new farm revenue as a third cash crop in two seasons, CoverCress™ provides the ecosystem benefits of a cover crop, including improved soil health and carbon sequestration.
CCI’s headquarters are located in the 39 North AgTech Innovation District in St. Louis, Missouri. 39 North is a 600-acre innovation district anchored by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, BRDG Park, the Helix Incubator, Bayer Crop Science, and the Yield Lab. CCI utilizes first-class lab space at the BRDG building and runs greenhouse operations at the prestigious Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Learn more at CoverCress.com.
We are seeking a motivated and detail-oriented seed research assistant to support our agronomy and breeding R&D program. The candidate will be responsible for all aspects of warehouse seed processing, handling, labeling, packaging, and inventory management. This position provides the opportunity to work within a fast-paced, collaborative team, focused on introducing a new crop into US agriculture.
Lead pre-planting seed preparation activities including packeting, labelling, and organizing seed material for field testing.
Post harvest seed processing, cleaning, weighing, labelling, packaging, tracking, and inventory of research materials.
Work collaboratively with product development and commercial teams to support commercial seed production and farm performance evaluation initiatives.
Supervise seasonal interns and part time employees.
Ensure QA/QC practices are followed.
Maintain a clean and organized warehouse area.
Conduct all activities with health and safety as a main priority.
Skills and Qualifications
An associate or bachelor’s degree in agronomy, plant science, horticulture, or a related field.
Ability to learn and operate seed processing & analysis equipment such as seed cleaners, moisture testers, dryers, color sorters
Experience with Microsoft Office tools.
Excellent communication and leadership.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Strong time management skills.
Ability to create Standard Operating Procedures.
Must be able to operate a forklift.
Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.
Willingness to work extended hours during peak seasons.
Ability to work in greenhouse and field environments.
Ability to drive a motor vehicle and to support seasonal travel for field operations. Day trips from our St. Louis base comprise most of the travel.
Experience with data collection and data management systems.
Paid time off
CoverCress Inc. is a growing company with a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination in employment. We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive work environment with opportunities for growth and professional development.