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Plant Breeder

Company: Wish Farms
Location: Salinas
Posted on: September 21, 2022

Job Description:

Wish Farms is a nationally recognized year-round supplier of berries with growing regions throughout the USA, Canada, South America, and Mexico. With our committed focus on providing the best tasting berries, Wish Farms continues to see impressive market growth.Established in 1922, Wish Farms is a family owned and operated grower, shipper, and marketer of berries. We employ a dynamic group of passionate individuals who believe in our mission of providing the best tasting berries through living our core values of Quality, Integrity, and Responsiveness.We have a career opportunity available for a talented and motivated individual to join our team in Salinas, California as a Plant Breeder. The Plant Breeder will manage all aspects of running the breeding programs for blackberries and raspberries. Qualified individuals will need to have a strong background in plant breeding and genetics as well as experience in horticulture or associated plant sciences. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES: Develop plant breeding strategies for raspberries and blackberries that align with company goal of producing the best tasting berries as well as concern for disease resistance, yield, ship ability, and other quality markers Plan, implement, and manage hybridization programs Advance and trial seedlings and selections, carrying through testing programs and stage trials and phases of testing to create varieties Implement marker assisted selection and other molecular breeding strategies Develop parental material and germplasm to a level that is useful within the breeding program Monitor shipping trials and postharvest evaluation of selections Develop variety development database through excel by collecting data on all selections for yield, disease resistance, shipping qualities, and other aspects and issue periodic analytic reports Be a driven leader in charge of supervising the plant breeding technician(s) Under director supervision, prepare data for plant patent submission in a format that is suitable for submission to patent attorney Collect and report trial plot data for yield, disease resistance, and other characteristics Prepare annual reports to present to management comparing current data with history data and forecasting for new varieties REQUIREMENTS: PhD in plant breeding, horticulture, or closely related field, accredited from a major university required Experience working with vegetatively propagated crop desirable Graduate level coursework in plant breeding, molecular genetics, plant physiology, and statistics Knowledge/experience with molecular breeding techniques Experience in genetic and statistical analysis Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and database software Candidate must be self-motivated and creative with excellent organizational skills Fluency in English with excellent communication skills Ability to speak and understand Spanish desired Willing to travel occasionally 5-10% (domestic and international)This position is full time and offers a competitive benefits package including paid holidays and vacation, medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance as well as 401k with company match. Salary to commensurate with experience.Job Type: Full-timePay: $120,000.00 - $150,000.00 per yearBenefits: 401(k) 401(k) matching Dental insurance Employee assistance program Flexible spending account Health insurance Health savings account Life insurance Paid time off Professional development assistance Relocation assistance Retirement plan Vision insuranceSchedule: 8 hour shift Day shiftEducation: Master's (Required)Experience: Plant Breeding: 1 year (Required)Language: Spanish and English (Preferred)Work Location: One location

Keywords: Wish Farms, Salinas , Plant Breeder, Professions , Salinas, California

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