Field Technician
Post Details
Job Title
Field Technician
Post Number
1003685
Closing Date
29 May 2019
Grade
SC8
Starting Salary
£18,720 - £22,900
Hours per week
37
Expected/Ideal Start Date
15 Jul 2019
Months Duration
Indefinite
Interview Date
07 Jun 2019

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

The Field Experimentation Team help to deliver world leading field trials in a range of crops to researchers at the John Innes Centre. The post holder will assist JIC scientists in delivering crop genetic research, growing experiments in a commercial farm environment. They will work in a team of 6 based in JIC's brand new state of the art field facility near the village of Bawburgh, Norfolk and surrounded by the JIC owned Church Farm (110 Ha). Fieldwork is also carried out at Morley Farms and the main JIC site on Norwich Research Park.

The post holder will perform field operations using a range of bespoke small scale plot equipment using tractors with guidance and by hand. All field operations must be carried out with care and attention to detail to ensure correct cultivation and application of treatments as appropriate to individual experiments. The post holder will be expected to work outside normal working hours at times of seasonal work pressure: autumn and spring sowing, critical field applications in the growing season, during harvest, and seed preparation for autumn sowing. They will carry out seed cleaning, preparation and treatment, and any other tasks required to deliver an excellent service to the research groups. This will require a willing and flexible attitude to work and good interactions with the Research Assistants in science groups, mainly in Crop Genetics.

The ideal candidate will have tractor driving and autosteer experience and certificates for plant protection product application alongside agricultural or horticultural experience. Knowledge of specialist plot equipment would be an advantage. A positive attitude to Health and Safety is essential as the post requires operation of agricultural machinery.




Key Relationships

Work will involve interactions with other members of the field team on a daily basis under the direct supervision of the team leader. this could be cooperatively in team activities or independently without immediate supervision.
Communication with researchers in processing seed and regarding practical field operations is essential to the effectiveness of the team.
Interaction with Morley Farms manager and field staff will be required regarding farm operations at Morley and Church Farm.
Engaging well with local people around the farm and visitors at open days will be expected.
Good communication will be required by mobile phone and email as well as in person.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Operating agricultural and experimental machinery and assisting with field operations
20
Carrying out hand sowing, cultivations such as hoeing, and other manual fieldwork
20
Threshing by machine, seed cleaning and treating, preparation for sowing
15
Grass mowing, grounds and fencing maintenance at Church Farm and the field station
15
Assisting with machinery maintenance and cleaning
10
Applying Plant Protection Products
10
Assisting with grain storage tasks and record keeping
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role, including record keeping
5

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
5 GCSEs A*-C (or equivalent)
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Previous experience in field experimentation or trials
Desirable
Knowledge of specialist plot equipment
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Work experience in agriculture or horticulture
Essential
Computer literate
Essential
Use of machinery guidance systems
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
Essential
Ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Driving licence (reasonable adjustments will be considered in the case of applicants with a disability)
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to work in all weathers outdoors
Essential
Attention to detail
Essential
Ability to work outside normal working hours at times of seasonal work pressure
Essential
Positive attitude to Health and Safety
Essential
PA1, 2, 6 and 11 certificates
Desirable
Health and Safety Training
Desirable
Ability to drive a trailer on the road
Desirable

Who We Are

John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.

Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

For more information about working at the John Innes Centre, please click here.

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links. We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Department

Crop Genetics

The Department of Crop Genetics undertakes fundamental research on the biology of cereals, brassicas and legumes to understand the genetic and molecular basis of phenotypic variation. A major goal is to develop the technologies and knowledge base to provide a predictive framework that will underpin conventional and novel plant breeding strategies. This will enable high-yielding, stress and disease resistant varieties, with a particular end-use quality, suitable for an efficient but benign agriculture.

Group Details

The FE team is led by the FE manager and supervised by a team leader who arranges day to day work for a senior field technician, 2 field technicians and a field team apprentice. The post holder will be line managed by the FE manager.   

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Field Technician

Applications are invited for a versatile and enthusiastic Field Technician to assist with delivery of field experiments to research groups at the John Innes Centre, based in Norwich, UK.

The role:

The Field Experimentation Team help to deliver world leading field trials in a range of crops to researchers at the John Innes Centre. The post holder will assist JIC scientists in delivering crop genetic research, growing experiments in a commercial farm environment. They will work in a team of 6 based in JIC's brand new state of the art field facility near the village of Bawburgh and surrounded by the JIC owned Church Farm (110 Ha). Fieldwork is also carried out at Morley Farms and the main JIC site on Norwich Research Park

The post holder will perform field operations using a range of bespoke small scale plot equipment using tractors with guidance and by hand. All field operations must be carried out with care and attention to detail to ensure correct cultivation and application of treatments as appropriate to individual experiments.

They will carry out seed cleaning, preparation and treatment, and any other tasks required to deliver an excellent service to the research groups. This will require a willing and flexible attitude to work and good interactions with the Research Assistants in science groups, mainly in Crop Genetics.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will possess 5 GCSEs grades A*-C, or equivalent, and have experience in agriculture or horticulture preferably in trials or experimentation. Knowledge of specialist plot equipment would be an advantage. They will have tractor driving and autosteer experience and certificates for plant protection product application. A driving licence is essential as driving tractors and cars between locations is a requirement of the post (reasonable adjustments will be considered in the case of applicants with a disability).

The candidate must be able to work outdoors in all weathers for long periods of time. The post holder will be expected to work outside normal working hours at times of seasonal work pressure: autumn and spring sowing, critical field applications in the growing season, during harvest, and seed preparation for autumn sowing. It is essential to work with care and attention to detail. A positive attitude to Health and Safety is essential as the post requires operation of agricultural machinery.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £18,720 to £22,900 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post offered on a permanent basis.

Interviews will be held on 7th June 2019.

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide tier 2 visa sponsorship.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.