Technical Support Researcher, Wonderful Orchards

 

Website Wonderful Orchards

 

Technical Support Researcher, Wonderful Orchards

  • Kern County, CA, USA

Company Description

With approximately 100,000 planted acres in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Wonderful Orchards is the world’s largest grower of almonds, pistachios and pomegranates.  Wonderful Orchards is a part of The Wonderful Company, a privately held $5 billion global company dedicated to harvesting health and happiness around the world through its iconic consumer brands which include Wonderful Pistachios, Wonderful Halos, POM Wonderful, FIJI Water, Teleflora, and JUSTIN Wine.

Job Description

As a member of R&D team, Technical Support Researchers implement daily, seasonal and yearly technical and research tasks at their base location and as needed across all farming locations. Must be able to work independently and remotely under field, lab and / or office conditions. Must be able to navigate in a widely-divergent work environment, possibly traveling hundreds of miles per day using safe driving techniques with company provided vehicles.  Activities may include applied experiments in agronomy, irrigation, cultivars, farming systems, crop protection or crop physiology.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Establish and implement work plans with supervision of Director of Research
  • Coordinate and conduct applied agricultural field and / or laboratory experiments while supporting numerous sequential and overlapping activities
  • Ensures the quality and quantity of the work performed by support staff on experiments
  • Provide technical information to Farming Directors, Crop Managers, Pest Control Advisors, Spray Operations, Irrigation Managers and field personnel
  • Enhance the robustness of experimental activities through continuous vigilance for precision and accuracy of tasks, including trial design, data analysis, and reporting of results
  • Seek out and implement opportunities to improve workplace efficiency and safety
  • Use, maintenance and troubleshooting of specific field, lab, office, or agricultural equipment related to experiments
  • Willingness to learn new tasks while maintaining core competency of existing skills
  • Interact and engage with public (academic) and private (vendor) technical experts to explore existing and future farming improvements
  • Creation and management of budgets associated with applied field and lab experiments
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s Degree in field of Science, Plant Health, Plant Science, Crop Science, Entomology, Biology, Lab Sciences or Agricultural related field OR  2 Year advance degree and 4 years relevant experience.

SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Innovation-oriented, seeking to address current and future challenges with inquisitiveness and dedication to detail
  • Customer-oriented focus, serving the needs of farming operations as an adjunct member of divisional farming teams
  • A team player, flexible, consistent and reliable, able to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally for justifying change to various audiences (executives, farm management teams, farming personnel)
  • Knowledge and experience with orchards or permanent crop farming activities preferred
  • Familiarity with commercial agricultural conditions and practices
  • Ability to have safety, productivity, and attention to detail as daily objectives
  • Supervising internal employees and / or contract labor crews
  • Assess changing workplace conditions and confidently make adjustments within the context of assigned tasks
  • Understand the significance of errors and omissions during technical tasks and experience in addressing these problems
  • Exposure to statistical measurements of data
  • Holding or appropriate education / experience to obtain PCA and CCA certifications
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • COVID vaccination will be required for this position unless candidate has a legally valid exemption

Additional information

Perks

  • Be on the forefront of a growing business!
  • Competitive benefits packing including Medical, Vision, Dental, 401k and bonus opportunity
  • Continued training and generous Education Reimbursement Program
  • Paid Sick, Vacation, Personal Hours and holiday time
  • Wonderful Giving (www.wonderfulgiving.com) — allowing you to donate company money to a cause of your choice

Why choose Wonderful?

The Wonderful Company is a successful, entrepreneurial, privately held company with healthy, iconic, authentic brands, and ethical, creative, innovative business practices. We are passionate about sustainability, social responsibility, philanthropy, and wellness — for our employees, their communities, and consumers around the world.

  • We are harvesting a better world – We use the power of business to make the world a better place.
  • We nourish, naturally – We believe that what you put into your body matters. The most nutritious — and best-tasting — foods are those from nature.
  • We play to win – Our employees set ambitious goals and meet challenges with unified purpose and unmatched energy.
  • We act differently – With courage and fearlessness, we are relentless in our quest to inspire healthier. food and beverage choices. As a privately held organization, we have the freedom and the power to make quick and effective decisions.

To learn more about The Wonderful Company, its products and core values, visit www.wonderful.com or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Wonderful Orchards and The Wonderful Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and with opportunities for advancement. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories.

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