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Seed Technologist - Brookings, SD at SGS North America Inc.

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Location: Brookings, South Dakota

Job Description:
SGS is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With over 90,000 employees in 130 countries, and operating a network of more than 2,400 offices and laboratories, we provide services to almost every industry by assuring quality and safety of products and services.

Trusted all over the world, SGS is a market leader because we put 100% passion, pride and innovation into everything we do. We encourage new ideas. We welcome people who challenge the way we do things. And we will be 100% committed to helping you reach your full potential.
SGS's Agriculture and Food services provide clients what they want: end-to-end supply chain services that reduce risk, ensure quality and improve productivity while providing consumers assurance of safety and quality at every stage.

Job Summary:
The Seed Technologist is responsible for the evaluation of samples and germinating seedlings in standard, vigor and herbicide bioassay tests.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate germinating seeds/seedlings per established procedures/rules on standard, vigor, tetrazolium, and herbicide bioassay tests on all submitted species.
  • Review AOSA, ISTA and Canadian Rules and Seedling Evaluation references periodically.
  • Troubleshoot and monitor for irregularities in seed or seedling test results, media, temperatures, equipment and facilities.
  • Expand knowledge and professionalism in seed technology by participating in in-house continuing education, enrolling in relevant coursework, attending workshops, participating in professional seed technology committees and associations.
  • Ensure quality and confidentiality of client and company information and take an active role in updating Quality System.
  • Review and update standard operating procedures for germination testing.
  • Assist in other areas of the company as needed.


Education, Competencies & Required Skills:
  • College degree in Agriculture or Biological Sciences, or related field.
  • Certified Viability Technologist (CVT) preferred or obtaining a CvT within two years is expected.
  • Experience in germination, tetrazolium (TZ), purity and agricultural experience preferred.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Must be well organized.
  • Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be able to regularly lift 15-20 pounds.
  • Must be a self starter and able to work in a fast paced work environment.

Additional Information:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts the company's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

SGS is an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.

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