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RAIN Research Technician (PDF)

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, in cooperation with NORDIK Institute, is seeking a qualified individual to work within the Rural Agri-Innovation Network. Reporting to the RAIN Research Project Coordinator, the candidate will work in partnership with Algoma agricultural producers, agri-business owners, agricultural researchers and other project collaborators.  The Research Technician will also receive scientific and technical advice from a RAIN Research Steering Committee. This is a full time 6-month contract with RAIN.

Responsibilities:

  • Operating and maintaining crop research equipment and facilities.
  • Establishing and coordinating grower cooperator trials.
  • Training growers for undertaking replicated field trials for crop assessment.
  • Supervision of research assistants, interns and/or students as required.
  • Establishing communications, collaboration and information exchange among research organizations and producers.
  • Ensuring results from trials are reported in a timely manner and that knowledge is transferred to producers and clients.
  • Identifying and developing funding opportunities to carry out research trials.
  • Assisting growers with access to weather, crop pest and other agronomic information through monitoring local conditions and providing access to on-line and hard copy information.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have a B.Sc., or M.Sc. in agriculture or a related field or a college diploma plus at least 3 years’ experience in undertaking and reporting agricultural research.
  • Training and experience in the design, planning, establishment and reporting of crop trials is essential.
  • The candidate must be experienced in the operation of farm equipment, have a valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle.
  • The candidate must have excellent self-motivation, team and personnel management abilities, organizational and oral/written communication skills and can work with little supervision.
  • The candidate should hold or be willing to obtain first aid certification, and the Grower Pesticide Safety Course

 Salary:

This is a 6-month position until the end of December 2017. Salary to be based on skills and experience and is negotiable.

Location of work:

Sault Ste. Marie with a requirement to travel in Algoma District during crop trial activity.

How to Apply:

Applicants must apply by 5 p.m. Friday June 30, 2017. Tentative start date is July 17, 2017.

A cover letter and resume must be emailed to: careers@ssmic.com, and include “RAIN Research Tech” in the email subject line.

Any questions regarding the position can be directed to:

David Thompson, RAIN Research Project Coordinator
Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
99 Foster Drive, Level Six, Sault Ste Marie ON P6A 5X6
Tel: 705-942-7927 ext. 3027