Positions Available at MCIA

Seed Technologist

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

The Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Seed Technologist. The incumbent will conduct purity, germination, and other tests on certification and service seed samples, and evaluate results to determine conformance to certification standards. The Seed Technologist will assist the Laboratory Manager in implementing a Quality Management System. Selected individual will be involved in the grow-out and field inspection activities.

This full-time position offers a competitive salary and full benefits. The position is housed at the MCIA Office located at the University of Minnesota, Saint Paul.

Essential Duties:
  • Possess and exercise advance knowledge of the seed testing rules for a variety of seed kinds, including agronomic, horticultural, and native species.
  • Exercise consistent discretion and judgment in seed testing evaluations.
  • Conduct purity, germination, vigor, tetrazolium, herbicide bioassay and other tests on certification and service samples according to current AOSA, ISTA, and Canadian seed testing rules.
  • Evaluate results to determine seed lot conformance to certification standards.
  • Assist to develop and implement quality management system.
  • Assist with seed certification grow out activities.
  • Assist with calibration and maintenance of lab equipment.
  • Assist in training and provide direction to part-time staff.
  • Advise clients of MCIA requirements and test results; coordinate training workshops for clients.
  • Process necessary paper work and assist in maintaining records to support OECD, AOSCA and MCIA programs.
  • Serve on specified MCIA or other assigned committees.
  • Responsible for proper use, assist with calibration and maintenance of lab equipment.
  • Perform field inspections, audit and other miscellaneous seasonal duties, as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED required.
  • Knowledgeable of seed testing procedures.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Agronomy or agriculture related field.
  • Knowledgeable of certification standards and procedures.
  • Possess recognized AOSA/SCST certifications in seed germination and/or purity testing, or willingness to pursue certification in the first two years of employment.
  • Basic understanding of Quality Management Systems.

Skills/Physical Demands:
  • Ability to work with limited supervision, highly self-motivated.
  • Solid math and analytical skills.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Possess computer skills, and working knowledge of MS Office.
  • Accurate, efficient and detail oriented.
  • Willingness to travel, primarily within Minnesota. Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to walk long distances in outdoor field conditions.
  • Promote good work ethics, positive attitude and teamwork environment.
  • Promote and ensure excellence in customer service.

How to Apply:

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume to employment@mncia.org or mail to:

Fawad Shah
1900 Hendon Ave
Saint Paul MN 55108

Minnesota Crop Improvement Association is an EOE.