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Nursery and Orchard Specialist – Selma, Alabama Nursery

ArborGen’s Selma Nursery located near Selma, Alabama has a position open for a Nursery and Orchard Specialist.  This facility produces 4.5 million+ bare root hardwood seedlings from seed annually and manages 100 acres of pine seed orchards.  This position will serve both a nursery and orchard function.  

  • The Nursery Specialist is required to perform all the skilled operations at an ArborGen’s Nursery. He/she is responsible for production goals, product quality and minimizing nursery expenses. 
  • The primary responsibilities of the Orchard Specialist are to support the Orchard Manager and/or assume responsibility for day to day operations in all aspects of seed orchard management, seed production, seed processing, and seed storage and sowing preparation.     

 The Nursery and Orchard Specialist must be reliable, innovative, team-oriented and conscientious with a positive work ethic.  Limited travel, some weekend work, and seasonal overtime will be required.

  1. Operate, maintain, modify and calibrate farm tractors, chain saws, agricultural equipment, conveyors, and strappers and other equipment used on the job.
  2. Ability to operate a 5-function forklift for extended periods
  3. Ability to operate and work out of bucket trucks and/or self-propelled aerial lifts
  4. Ability to obtain and maintain a Commercial Drivers License (if the need arises) and a Restricted Use Pesticide Applicators License;
  5. The physical strength and stamina to perform physically demanding tasks for extended periods such as chain / pole saw operation for tree felling and limb pruning, cone harvesting, and repeated lifting and movement of 50 pound boxes and/or bags of pine seed or pine cones.
  6. Maintain records including but not limited to equipment maintenance, parts inventory, safety inspections, and fuel records.
  7. Assist in the operation and maintenance of an automatic irrigation system including pump station, below ground main lines, above ground supply system, and digital controllers.
  8. Weld and fabricate metal items.
  9. Assist in all phases of weed control, including herbicide application, mechanical control and hand weeding.
  10. Assist in all phases of crop nutrition including fertilization recommendations and applications.
  11. Operate and work from aerial lift trucks during cone harvest, breeding, pollen collection and tree limb pruning operations for extended periods.
  12. Ability to identify tree damage symptoms / pest species and perform all phases of pest control, including herbicide and insecticide applications.
  13. Conduct scion collection, grafting, bagging, control pollination and pollen collection.
  14. Wear safety personal protective equipment, maintain facility, and maintain a safe working environment.
  15. Supervise labor in various nursery / orchard operations.
  16. Serve as a team member in group work improvement projects.
  17. Work extended hours, weekends and holidays, outdoors in all types of weather conditions as required.
  18. Participate in and complete required safety training and the ability to oversee and manage contract labor safety program.
  19. Other duties and projects as assigned.

Department: Daily interaction with direct reports if applicable. Frequent interaction with peers in the immediate work group. Regular interaction with peers in the other groups within the department. Frequent interaction with Supervisor.

Company:
Regular interaction with peers in other research groups across the company as related to common research targets. Occasional participation in review sessions with CTO and Science Team

Outside Company: Participation in outside conference and symposia.

  • Experience in construction, welding, metal fabrication, and equipment maintenance.
  • Ability to be innovative and be resourceful to accomplish goals
  • Basic math, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Associate Degree in Agriculture or Horticulture, or 5+ year’s experience operating and maintaining agricultural equipment in lieu of education preferred.
  • Experience in a bare root nursery and/or pine seed orchard preferred.
  • Good human relations skills to serve as a team member and a team leader.

This is heavy work exerting up to 40-100 pounds of force; work may involve climbing, stooping, crouching, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting and grasping; worker is subject to inside and outside environment, noise, vibration, working hazards, fumes, odors, dust, gasses and chemicals; visual acuity is required for experiments; requires hearing sufficient to perceive noises for diagnostic purposes.   This can be inside or outside work or working in hot, humid cold and damp conditions.  Will need to be able to wear a respirator for pesticide spraying.  Must be able to pass respirator fit test and pulmonary function exam.  Applicant must pass a drug screening test.

This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the applicant.  Incumbent may be asked to perform.

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Project Leader, Genetic Evaluation – Ridgeville, SC

The Project Leader, Genetic Evaluation is responsible for all aspects of testing and evaluating ArborGen pine products in the US.  They will manage genetic performance data for Product Development, Operations and Sales, and provide ArborGen sales personnel and customers with information required to select appropriate genetics for production objectives and reforestation locations.  This position works with Sales, Operations and Customers on genetic decisions related to the annual seedling production plan, and provides easy to understand product performance summaries from internal and public databases for use by ArborGen Sales teams and customers.   

  • Develop, maintain and support a database of internal and external genetic performance information to support the nurseries & orchards business.
  • Develop and manage annual seedling allocation databases to support customers, sales, and nursery production.
  • Coordinate and manage field trial and progeny testing activities for pine product development across the southeastern United States.
  • Effectively communicate genetic ratings, research results, and other findings to customers through written and oral communication including journal articles, conferences, workshops, and company meetings.
  • Maintain company vehicle and other assets valued at up to $100,000
  • Maintain a high level of professional expertise through knowledge of current literature and state-of-the-art genetics and statistical methods for use in the design of experiments, research, and/or development.
  • Participate in technical project reviews.
  • Represent ArborGen in university-industry research cooperatives.
  • May supervise and evaluate the performance of one or more support personnel.
  • Adhere to safety policies.

Department: Daily with those supervised.  Frequent interaction with supervisor and  with peers in the immediate work group.

Company:  Regular interaction with Sales and Nurseries personnel related to selection of genetics for production and customer recommendations. 

Outside Company: Regular and frequent interactions with national account customers related to the selection of the appropriate genetics for their deployment needs.

  • None
  • Master of Science degree or higher in plant breeding and quantitative genetics

     

  • Familiarity with southeastern US timber markets, tree breeding, tree improvement programs and forest management highly desired.

     

  • Good communication skills with the ability to interface at all levels of management.

     

  • Computer proficiency is required: MS Word, Excel, Access, SQL (or similar) skills are essential; SAS, R, ASReml, additional programming skills a plus.

This is sedentary to medium work involving exertions of up to 40 pounds of force; work may involve climbing, stooping, crouching, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting and grasping; worker is subject to inside and outside environment, noise, vibration, working hazards, fumes, odors, dust, gasses and chemicals; visual acuity is required for experiments; requires hearing sufficient to perceive noises for diagnostic purposes.  Will require some work in the field such as planting, measuring, and harvesting small to large trees.

  • Location: Ridgeville, SC
  • Travel: Position requires overnight travel to customer operations, research plots and meetings (20-25%).

This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the applicant.  Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required and the responsibilities of the position may change.

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