Ames, Iowa

Position Information: Position Title: Seed Analyst I Job Group: Merit Required Minimum Qualifications: â?¢ High school graduation plus one year of work experience or an equivalent combination of post high school education and work experience from which one can acquire knowledge of laboratory techniques, equipment and terminology and/or knowledge of various kinds of agricultural seeds. Preferred Qualifications: Lab experience  Agriculture background Working knowledge of the Association of Official Seed Analysts Rules for Testing Seeds Knowledge of seed morphology, physiology and early growth characteristics of agricultural seeds Experience working in a seed lab conducting health testing and/or purity testing (primarily seed identification) and germination testing Job Description: The Seed Science Center in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is currently seeking applicants for a Seed Analyst I position. This position will: Determine percentages of pure, weed and other crop seed plus inert matter. Evaluate germination, vigor and other germination-type tests. Plant germination-type tests. Prepare seed samples for testing, including dividing and mixing seed samples. Enter testing data and verify accuracy of entered data. Under direct supervision, utilizes standardized testing procedures to evaluate the seed quality of agricultural seeds. Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities Determines percentages of pure seed, weeds, other crop and inert components on submitted seed samples of agricultural seeds in accordance with the Association of Official Seed Analyst (AOSA) â??Rules for Testing Seedsâ??. Identifies and records botanical names of weeds and other crop seeds found in submitted samples. Evaluates standardized germination tests in agricultural crops and classifies seeds/seedlings in accordance with the AOSA â??Rules for Testing Seeds. Plants germination nests in accordance with AOSA, Canada Agriculture, and the International Seed Testing Association Rules for Testing Seeds. Prepares seed samples for routine and special tests. Enters testing data and/or verifies accuracy of data entry. Assists staff in conducting short courses and workshops by answering questions from individuals. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Knowledge of â??AOSA Rules for Testing Seedsâ?? and other related publications such as Seed Laws and Handbooks concerning seed testing issues. Knowledge of seed morphology and physiology. Knowledge of early growth characteristics of various groups of seeds in order to properly evaluate their growth potential. Ability to identify numerous agricultural crops. Ability to examine and manipulate small seeds and seedlings. Ability to perform mathematical computation in order to determine percentages from the weight calculations. Ability to enter data into a computerized database. Ability to work under a variety of conditions such as noise, pollen, odors, chemicals, dust, and mold. Appointment Type: Regular Number of Months Employed Per Year: Time Type: Full time Pay Grade: 06 Application Instructions: Apply for this position by clicking on â??Applyâ?? and completing the Merit Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter details about your education and work history. If you have questions regarding the application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485. Original Posting Date: October 20, 2021 Posting Close Date: October 31, 2021 Job Requisition Number: R6560

Ames, Iowa

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