Trainee Trials Officer

  • Location
    King'S Lynn, Norfolk
  • Category
    Agriculture & Fishing - Agriculture & Fishing
  • Job type
  • Industry
    Agriculture and Fishing
  • External Reference

My client in Kings Lynn is searching for a fantastic Trainee Trials Officer to become a part of their team.

This is a great opportunity for an individual who is looking for an exciting new venture within the agricultural sector. This is ideal for a graduate looking for a development role as their first career step within rapidly growing business.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Educated to degree level in agriculture or biological sciences

  • Numerate and PC literate including spreadsheets, Word documents, PowerPoint and digital photography. Good understanding of scientific method and experimental statistics.

  • Able to design trial protocols from scratch and to carry out and report on trials in line with good experimental practice and good laboratory practice

Main Duties

Biolab and Greenhouse

  • Arranging materials and equipment for field trials, including travelling, purchasing and collecting samples, growing media, pots and trays, greenhouse sundries etc.

  • Carrying out Biolab and greenhouse trials projects, e.g. Mung Bean Lab Bioassay (21-day continuous experiment); planting and monitoring greenhouse experiments including daily watering 7 days a week (typically 4-8 weeks duration); general lab experiments such as formulation testing (typically 2-3 days each)

  • Laboratory analysis of produce sent into the lab, e.g. plant measurements, nutrient content, Brix, firmness, shelf life testing

Field Trials

  • Communication with sales force and customers to locate potential trials sites

  • Planning, setting up, marking out, mapping and recording trial site locations

  • Communication with growers and contractors to ensure correct site locations, coordination with field operations, planned trial harvest dates

  • Application of treatments to all small plot trials including fertiliser and pesticide preparation and application with hand-held equipment, complying with all relevant legislation and health & safety procedures

  • Supervising and recording large scale treatment applications by growers and contractors

  • Weekly monitoring and recording of crop development data in all field trials, e.g. emergence date, growth stage, canopy measurement, NDVI measurement, plant counts, disease assessments, sample collection, camera and drone photography

  • Organising harvest digs and sample collection ahead of grower's own planned harvest. Includes heavy lifting (>25 kg) of root crop trials, hand harvesting cereals, safe operation of cutting and topping tools.

  • Processing of harvested samples, e.g. riddling counting and measuring potatoes, threshing cereals, measuring moisture, dry matter, bushel weight, skin finish, disease levels etc.

  • Arranging with third parties for sample testing, e.g. protein content.

  • Organising and presenting raw trials data in a report or spreadsheet for submission to Trials Manager for final report preparation

  • Giving guided tours of the Biolab and greenhouse to staff and visitors on request, including prepared presentations and being able to answer questions raised

Hours of work will be: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday (with extra hours where necessary including peak business times February through to June)

Please note, my client is looking to interview July 2019 to start on a perm basis.

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Please apply with your CV to: Gina Mason