Agronomy Foundation Seed Manager

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
20 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is focused on education, research, and outreach to solve the world’s most pressing food production issues and crucial matters about Earth, its ecosystems, and their services. Our faculty and staff apply research-based solutions to benefit Colorado and the world. We offer academic programs to prepare students to address national and global crop production, sustainability, and environmental quality challenges such as waste management, water quality, and reclamation of drastically disturbed lands. There are numerous opportunities for students to be involved in cutting edge research related to global food production and ecosystem function and protection.

Position Summary

Foundation Seed Project: This position will initiate contract seed production with seed growers if necessary off the ARDEC location. The position will manage and perform farm operations if required including tillage, irrigation, planting, weed control, rogueing, harvesting, chemical application (pesticides and soil amendments) needed for production of Foundation Seed; scheduling crop rotations and land use to meet seed production needs; manage the field production of Foundation Seed; manage seed conditioning; coordinate distribution of seed to buyers; and hire, train, and manage part-time personnel. This position will monitor production fields and record off-types and other requested characteristics as needed. This position will report business and agronomic activities to Colorado Wheat, CGSA Board of Directors and the CSGA annual meeting. There may be other duties at ARDEC or with the Soil and Crop Sciences Department that will be assigned as needed. During the off-season this position will develop and provide education for seed handling and seed conditioning. This position will perform CSGA seed plant inspections to ensure certified seed conditioners are in compliance with seed law. When available, this position will assist in the Seed Lab at ARDEC with seed analysis projects. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule with extra hours required during the critical production seasons. Some heavy lifting is also required.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Research Associate I + 3 years experience or B.S./B.A. degree in agriculture, agronomy, plant breeding and genetics, or a closely related field + 3 years professional experience.
  • Experience in seed production and conditioning.
  • Experience in working with various components of the seed industry including seed growers, and/or seed wholesale/retail companies.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal) and computer literacy.
  • Ability to acquire a seed treatment applicators license within one year of start date.
  • Ability to acquire a Commercial Driver’s License within two years of start date.
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds daily and work in various weather conditions such as field walking, rouging with seasonal workers.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, agronomy, plant breeding and genetics, or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated understanding of seed harvesting and the seed conditioning process.
  • Demonstrated customer service experience.
  • Current Colorado certification for pesticide, fungicide, herbicide, and seed treatment applicator’s license.
  • Current Commercial Driver’s License.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Project Management Duty/Responsibility

  • Planting and harvesting: Maintain, clean, and operate field equipment.
  • Seed conditioning: Maintain, clean and operate seed conditioning equipment
  • Field research: Maintain and track breeding genetics
  • Training: Maintain required licenses and attend safety training

Percentage Of Time 60 Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

  • Hire, train and supervise student employees

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Accounting Duty/Responsibility

  • Budget, purchase needed supplies and maintain financial records

Percentage Of Time 10

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
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Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical - Successfully complete the WorkSteps evaluation., Essential Services Designation - Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare., Special Requirements/Other - Per CSU HDS food safety training policy, the incumbent must successfully pass the ServSafe certification exam within 6 months of hire date.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.