Seeds Trialing and Nurseries Technician-

Job Ref: XCINSG01
Sector: Manufacturing & Production
Date Added: 05 April 2018
  • Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, East Anglia, England
  • £9.50 per Hour
  • Vanesa Falcon
  • 01223 323272

Quick Apply

Request a callback

Send To A Friend

We are looking fro a Nurserie Technician who is able to work for a very successful company.

Role purpose

  • To support the Nursery team in the delivery of glasshouse, field and seed processing operations for the company's cereals breeding programmes

  • To support the Nursery goal for efficiency, timeliness and quality in all operations

  • To undertake a wide range of tasks in scope of the nursery team from growing plants in glasshouses, crossing, seed preparation for nurseries and trials, field recording and harvesting

  • To develop experience & knowledge of the basic skills and processes required in a breeding program


To assist in the preparation and delivery of all activities in scope of the nurseries team including:

Seed Processing

  • Threshing, cleaning, counting, weighing, treating, casetting and racking of seed for nurseries and trials
  • Routine use of Company's MINT track & trace system for all seed movements
  • Preparation and dispacth of seed shipments to Syngenta and external recipients


  • Sowing, potting, irrigating and spraying plants as requried by the Cereals breeding  programmes
  • Use of Tomtech computer for glasshouse environment control 
  • Tissue sampling for marker projects
  • Crossing and harvesting  of Cereals breeding lines

Field Activity

  • Sowing, labelling, preparation of field books, in-season scoring for a variety of attributes, tissue sampling, crossing and harvesting
    • Learn selection criteria and become proficient in scoring and phenotypic checks in the nurseries
    • To assist in the maintenance of Parental lines and seeds stocks


  • To be proficient in the use of breeding related software, used in the planning and management of the breeding programmes.
  • To perform all tasks and behaving in a manner compliant with and in support of all health and safety related company policies and practices, including completing all required company training courses. 

Knowledge, experience & capabilities


Critical knowledge

  • A basic understanding of plant genetics or breeding systems is desirable
  • HND or BTEC in Agricultural or Biologic science or relevant industry experience is advantageous


Critical experience

  • Experience of working within a small team.
  • Experience of working in a plant breeding environment is desirable.
  • Experience of working with tight and changing deadlines.

Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities


  • Reliable, with attention to detail, accuracy and confidentiality
  • Flexible approach - the role will require variable working hours (including weekend/evening work during critical business periods)
  • Enthusiasm for and an interest in the Cereals breeding industry
  • Willingness to learn and receive appropriate direction and training to complete the necessary tasks.
  • Ability to use MS Office, especially Outlook, Access and Excel, and other standard software.
  • Demonstrate ability to apply theoretical knowledge to achieve practical outcomes

If you are interested in this role please contact me on 01223322441 or submit your cv.

Thank you in advance,
Kind Regards