Agricultural Research Technician

Location: Burley, Idaho
Type: Full Time
Min. Experience: 6

Job Description

Agricultural Research Technician
The Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC – Burley, ID

The Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC is seeking an Agricultural Research Technician. Working under the direction of our Senior Research Agronomist (60% time) and Soil Scientist (40% time), this role is focused on establishing, and managing scientifically rigorous research trials in the field and glasshouse. You will be a part of a team dedicated to contributing new knowledge to sugarbeet growers in Idaho to enable them to improve their sugarbeet productivity, profitability and sustainability. The role is ideally suited to someone who has an eye for detail, enjoys outdoor work and has an inquisitive mind. Research conducted includes evaluation of new sugarbeet varieties in official variety trials (OVT) as well as a range of soil, fertility, agronomy, and farming system research trials. Based in Burley, this position is with Amalgamated Sugar’s Sugarbeet Quality Improvement (SBQI) Team.
The Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC is built on innovation and is a proud leader in the sugar industry and that can only happen with the best people. Qualified candidates need to be dynamic and need to be able to work successfully in a fast paced, fluid environment.


• Organize and execute all OVT and agronomy related trials and research projects

• Perform and oversee design, plot layout, planting and all cultural practices

• Assist with establishment of field trials and glasshouse experiments; including trial design, field layout, planting and applying experimental treatments

• Day to day management of field trials and experiments including; weed spraying, insect and disease spraying, irrigation, and crop scouting

• Collecting research trial data

• Assist with crop harvesting and data collection at harvest

• Data entry, organizing and formatting using Microsoft Excel

• Conducting soil sampling and EM38 conductivity surveys

• Ensure that fieldwork is progressing as planned and that relevant work objectives and deadlines are met

• Maintain accurate records of all trial activities

• Road transport of research and farm equipment (loading, hauling and unloading)

• Ensure fieldwork is being conducted in a safe manner and contribute to improvements in safe work practices

• Assist with preparation of reports/information for publication and/or presentation to industry

• Assist with the design and development of innovative soil and agronomy extension materials

• Supervision of seasonal field staff as required

• Simple maintenance and repair of research and farm equipment

• Assist with scientific literature review

Job Requirements

• A bachelor’s degree with emphasis in agronomy, soil or plant science is required;
• Knowledge of trial management or replicated small plot research is desirable
• Preferred 2-4 years of work-related experience in field;
• OR any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.