Field Service Technician

SPS Dorsing Seeds Inc
Parma, ID
Oct 04, 2017
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Job Description

Job Classification: Field Service Representative

Job Code: 2650-7

Minimum Preparation for Work:

Graduation from a high school or equivalent.

Required Preparation for Work:

Degree in: Agriculture, Agronomy, Seed Production or Multiplication.

2-4 Years of experience in lieu of degree.

Necessary Special Requirements:

Possession of a valid driver license for equipment operation and any

license, training or certification required by law or regulation to complete

assigned tasks.

Nature of Work:

This is a full time position.

This person is responsible for contracting crops, meeting with growers & directing rouging crew.

An employee in this class is primarily responsible for seed production/multiplication, crop inspection applications, crop reporting and maintaining grower contacts.

This person performs a working function with other employees engaged in receiving, moisture testing, transporting, seed cleaning, and maintaining cleaning card records in this function.

The work is subject to periodic inspection and audit in accordance with Idaho Department of Agriculture guidelines.

Essential Job Functions:

• Maintain & build relationship with growers for contracting seed production.

• Contract and oversee crops from planting, inspecting, growing, and harvest.

• Ensure correct stock seed variety, with valid germination is delivered to grower for on time planting.

Field Service Representative (Field-man) continued

Job Code: 2650-7

• Enter or submit all crop inspection reports into MAP system for all states crops are being grown in.

• Oversee & execute all faucets of crop production.

• Ensure growers are taking care of crops, applying pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers on time.

• Finalize cleaning cards; notify growers of problems with lots (low germ, noxious weeds, trouble cleaning).

• Any other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Excellent time management skills & abilities.

• Ability to self start, plan ahead and anticipate change.

• Ability to be a forward thinker, plan for future and be progressive.

• Knowledge of vegetable seed crop varieties.

• Knowledge of chemical application, agronomy and pest identification.

• Ability to understand GPS coordinates & follows them.

• Ability to work with people, diffuse situations and problem solve.

• Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions.

The mental and physical demands and the work environment characteristics described

below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully

perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made

to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental and Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use

hands and fingers to hold or feel reach with hands and arms, walk, talk, smell and hear.

The employee is occasionally required to stand, sit, climb, balance, stoop, crouch and

crawl. Specific vision abilities include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision, and

depth perception.

The employee regularly lifts and/or moves up to 50 pounds and occasionally lifts

and/or moves up to 100 pounds.

Work Environment:

An employee in this job is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions,

occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals, and

has a risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment may be loud.

This description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. It is intended to accurately reflect the activities and requirements of the position, but duties may be added, deleted, or modified as necessary. This description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Est. 05/04/16

Edited 05/04/16

Revised: 01/05/17 sg

Company Description

SPS Dorsing Seeds Inc aims to be the leading global contract multiplier of quality vegetable seed and the premier marketer of proprietary varieties the North American market and around the globe.

South Pacific Seeds first began in Australia in 1986 and was founded in Methven, NZ in 1992, in July 2016 SPS Dorsing Seeds was acquired as part of the global group.

There are two divisions of the company, sales and production. The production division is concerned with the growing of high quality vegetable seed for the world market. It achieves this by contracting growers to produce a specific crop for a given customer under strict quality guidelines. South Pacific Seed staffs are required to ensure that every aspect of the product process of these specialized crops is done to the highest standard.
South Pacific Seeds first began in Australia in 1986, when 12 people left an existing vegetable seed company.
People from both facets of the business came to join SPS that is Production and Sales. Sales are a very large part and strong financial contributor to the business for the purposes of this policy document we will be looking at both sides of the business.

After a number of years of operation in Australia it was realised that a wider range of climatic conditions were needed to produce the vegetable seeds for the increasing customer base. Also within the existing customer base there were a number of crops which required different climatic conditions than Australia could offer. The company then branched out to New Zealand, USA, and Chile. The company continues to operate four production areas in Australia.

From here South Pacific Seeds (New Zealand) Ltd was formed. Although SPS (NZ) Ltd maintains very strong links with the parent company in Australia it is a company in its own right with its own board of directors and investors.

SPS is a vegetable seed production company, it does not have any plant breeding or genetic material of it's own but acts as a multiplier of vegetable seed for various breeding and sales companies around the world. It focuses only on vegetable seed and does not trade in grains or pasture species.

The operation of SPS can best be described by the yearly production cycle that follows.

The process starts with an inquiry form an overseas sales company, usually in Asia or Europe. They will order a given quantity of a particular vegetable seed at a given price. In this way SPS does not speculate on any crop as every crop grown is already contracted before it is planted.

The sales company will then send their parent seed to Australia, New Zealand, Chile, or the US. While the parent seed is being shipped a field manager working in a given part of the country will be searching for a suitable location and grower for the crop. Once this has been done SPS and the grower will sign a contract stating the type, quantity, quality and price for the seed.

The Field Manager will then work with the grower for the entire production period, offering advice on such things as planting time, fertilizer, weed pest and disease control, special procedures, and harvest time. During the production phase there may be specialized operations which need to be performed. South Pacific Seeds has its own staff and equipment to perform such tasks, some of which are charged on to the grower.
In July 2016 SPS Dorsing Seeds Inc became part of the SPS company profile, and is owned jointly by South Pacific Seeds Pty Ltd of Australia and South Pacific Seeds (NZ) Ltd, SPS Dorsing Seeds Inc maintains very strong links with the parent company in Australia & New Zealand but, it is a company in its own right with its own board of directors and investors.
SPS Dorsing Seeds Inc will maintain the customer's relationships and growers from the previous company, and will add the production element that South Pacific Seeds is know for around the world, in the fall of 2016 SPS Dorsing Seeds Inc began the first Hybrid Carrot seed contract multiplication and will add a number of Hybrid contract multiplications in the Spring of 2017. SPS Dorsing Seeds Inc will also operate a separate sales division like our parent company operations.

Parma, ID


Tue, 3 Oct 2017 08:16:25 PDT