1144 Vedder Crossing, Chilliwack, BC V2R 3N7
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Field Research Technician
Job Number: 11801

Farm Type:Research Jobs
Persons Required:4
Job Duration:Immediate and ends in August or Oct  (Permanent position)
Job Starts:ASAP
  • 18 - 25 per hr.
Work Schedule:
  • 40-60 hours per week during peak seasons and 40 hrs per week during non peak
Other Job Details:
Skills Needed:
Agronomy and Horticulture Skills
Be able to identify weeds, diseases and insects which are common to the crops grown in Canada.
Be able to successfully complete basic math associated with agriculture such as conversion calculations, fertilizer and pesticide application rates, application water volumes, and mix sizes to name a few.
Basic understanding of design, set up and maintenance of drip and sprinkler irrigation systems for various crops using solenoids, timers, poly hose and micro emitters. Regularly monitor irrigation levels to ensure consistency of irrigation.
Be able to properly prepare a seedbed and operate a seed drill, transplanter or other planting device to establish a crop.
Be able to grow agronomic or horticultural crops that will be equivalent to local agriculture standards.
Equipment Skills
Use of iPads and iPhones for the use of data collection and reporting.
Be able to operate a sprayer and be familiar with application systems and terminology.
Be able to safely operate a tractor and associated implements which are used in agriculture.
Be able to operate an ATV.
Be able to operate a truck, as well as be able to tow a 20 foot flat deck trailer loaded with equipment.
Have enough equipment experience to be able to learn the use and operation of new equipment.
Be attentive to operate equipment safely.
Basic Management Skills
Be able to accept direction from the Research Agronomist and incorporate it into routine procedure.
Be able to prioritize tasks.
Be able to develop efficient routines.
Understands the importance of open communication within the workplace and encourage the flow of information to the Research Agronomist.
Work effectively both independently and with the team in a fast-paced environment, working under pressure to meet tight deadlines.
Experimental Skills
Basic understanding of field experimental design and terminology such as: RCBD, split plot, replicate, block and plot.
Read and understand a protocol, then breakdown the tasks associated with the experiment to adhere to the protocol requirements.
Collect data by performing visual assessment on treatments: for disease control by visually assessing plants and leaves for severity and incidence, and for insect infestation and damage by visual or qualitative methods (counting insects on leaves).
Have excellent observation skills with regard to treatment effects.
Communication Skills
Be able to verbally communicate information to the Research Agronomist and Regional Manager.
Be able to record information in a professional manner free from spelling, grammar and formatting errors.
Be able to communicate in a professional manner to develop team and business relationships.
Be able to listen actively, attentively and respond to direction.

Education Required:
First year to graduating students in any discipline are encouraged to apply. Graduates of/current students of a Diploma or Degree with a focus on agriculture, entomology, plant pathology, weed science, agronomy, crop science or plant protection would be considered an asset.
Anyone with multiple years of small fruit/tree fruit/field vegetable/grain production experience is encouraged to apply.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, excellent attention to detail, organization, and record keeping.
Willing to travel periodically and complete tasks requiring extended work hours (early morning, evening and weekends) when necessary.
Capable of physical tasks such as lifting (30 kg), carrying a hand-held sprayer, walking in the field, bending and operating agriculture equipment.
Skills that are an asset but not mandatory: agriculture background, farm machinery experience, previous research experience and good mechanical aptitude.
Has a passion for plants and growing them.
Work effectively in a hot environment where temperatures can be + 30°C.
Ability to work in a multicultural work environment.
This position requires membership, or eligibility for membership, in the BC Institute of Agrologists

If YOU like agriculture, have a passion for growing crops and are inquisitive, then ICMS is the place for YOU. As a member of this team, YOU will assist with field experiments that evaluate products and systems which improve the health and quality of Canadian crops. ICMS is recognized as a premiere provider of contract research services in the development, implementation and conduct of research in the areas of crop breeding, agronomy, evaluation of product efficacy for conventional and bio-pesticides, inoculants, plant growth regulators, fertilizers, seed coatings, and many other agricultural products. We are dedicated to providing accurate and meaningful data to local, national and international clientele. This is a great opportunity to work with a company that offers innovation, excellent earning potential with competitive salary, great benefits, learning experience in all aspects of agriculture, and a great opportunity to apply your education to everyday tasks.
This position is based at our Fraser Valley or Okanagan Valley Research stations conducting trial work within the Fraser Valley or Okanagan Valley region on a wide selection of crops such as blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, potato, apple, pear, peach, sweet cherry, grape, tomato, cucumber, pepper, canola, soybean, corn, wheat, and barley to name a few. The Research Technician will be responsible for assisting the Research Agronomist with setting up research trials on various crops to conduct product evaluation experiments. They will be responsible for planting and maintaining the crops, applying treatments, collecting data, irrigation, tractor operation and communicating with management. This position will report to the Regional Manager on a regular basis.
Skills and Responsibilities: Candidates which feel that they possess these capabilities currently are encouraged to apply. Candidates not currently possessing all of these qualities should be capable of learning and delivering these qualities and skills by the end of their term.

Other Job Information:
“How to apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and references
by email to MyFuture@icms-inc.com and include job number BC21RA01 and job title in
the email subject line.”