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Seed Production Certification Specialist

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment:


Working Title:

Seed Production Certification Specialist

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with experience ($45,454 - $50,000)

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

Job Location:

Zebulon, NC


Crop and Soil Sciences

About the Department:

This position will serve as a split position for both NC Crop Improvement Assoc (NCCIA) and NC Foundation Seed Producers (NCFSPI). The function is to ensure a reliable seed source for NC growers that is true to type, disease-free, and without noxious weeds, within a tolerance level. This applies to all grain crops such as barley, oats, peanuts, wheat, tobacco, triticale, and soybeans as well as vegetatively propagated crops like raspberries, strawberries, sweet potatoes, and turfgrass.

Essential Job Duties:

The primary purpose of this position is to serve both NCCIA and NCFSPI. For NCCIA this position will serve as an inspector, seed certification consultant, auditor, and promoter of seed certification. For the NCFSPI program, this position will have responsibility for seed production, seed processing, shipping and handling, and facility maintenance.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Assist in all activities of seed production of various small grains, soybeans, and peanuts.
  • Furnish each assigned contract grower with sufficient seed supply to meet production demands.
  • Apply certification standards to various crops being produced.
  • Assist in seed harvest operations.
  • Assist in seed conditioning to remove weed seed, other crop seed, immature and poor quality seed to the point of quality seed production.
  • Facilitate modifying the seed processing line to handle the various pieces of equipment used for conditioning; each crop has different requirements for maximum conditioning efficiency.
  • Collect seed samples to validate the purity and germination of seed lots.
  • Obtain and process seed lots through the NCCIA seed lab
  • Organizes data collected from field inspection reports summarizes results in formal reports and presents findings to related organizations.
  • Updates AgTrakker/Access-based databases, reviews them for accuracy and presents findings at association-sponsored meetings.
  • Audits Approved Conditioners and Alternative label reports to determine the accuracy of tagging sheets and seed production reports

Minimum Experience/Education:

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Be able to drive a forklift, tractor, combine, large truck and operate machinery as a welder, grinder, etc.
  • Must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs repetitively with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work in tough environmental conditions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • CDL Class A with Airbrake.
  • Pesticide Applicators License – Seed Treatment Endorsement.
  • Crop Production Experience in Peanuts, Turfgrass, Small Grains, Soybeans, and/or Tobacco.
  • Excellent Communication Skills.

Required License or Certification:

  • A valid NC Driver’s License and the ability to obtain an NC Driver’s License within 60 days of hire.
  • A valid Driver’s License must be maintained throughout employment.
  • NC CDL Class A or the ability to obtain an NC CDL Class A license within 60 days of hire.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Job Open Date:


Earliest Close Date---- (Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.):


Special Instructions:

Please attach a Cover Letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three (3) professional references.
Please make sure that the information entered on the application matches what is on your resume.

Position Number:


Position Type:


Position Classification Band Title:

Research Specialist

Position Classification Band Level:


Position Classification Salary Range:

$ 45,454 - $ 109,409

Salary Grade Equivalency:


Alternate Option:

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Time Limited Position:


Department Id:

110901 - Crop and Soil Sciences


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


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