Field assistant at Syngenta |


Field assistant – Pietermaritzburg – (18014725)

Description

ROLE PURPOSE

  • Support Technical Field Scientists (TFS) with all activities related to trials, logistics and stores in respective regions.

PROJECTS / ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Have a thorough understanding of what is required for each trial, including the protocol
  • Assist with the following in conjunction with the TFS
  • Execution of trial
  • Before departure preparation with weighing of chemicals, loading of equipment and necessary material required
  • Layout and pegging of trials
  • Calibration of sprayers
  • Harvesting of trials
  • Spraying/application of trials
  • Spray pathways
  • Maintenance of sites – e.g. spraying, hoeing, etc.
  • Data collection/evaluation
  • Support with residue sampling, packing and labelling
  • Permanent sites
  • Keep permanent sites well maintained (Cape). Accountability with TFS
  • Chemical store
  • Ensure accurate record keeping of all product
  • Correct weighing of chemicals according to protocols
  • Equipment
  • Maintenance, servicing and cleaning of equipment
  • Ensure equipment is correctly stored
  • General store maintenance
  • Clean store facility
  • Maintain good hygienic standards
  • Adhere to HSE standards
  • Extra responsibilities for Technicians (3A & 3B)
  • Ordering of CO2 gas, syringes, glass/plastic bottles for weighed products, dry ice, residue boxes and maintenance products
  • Sending and receiving of courier parcels

Qualifications

TRAINING AND SEMINARS

  • Application training will be required
  • On the job training on various aspects related to the job

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

Critical Knowledge:

  • Basic crop, weeds, pests, disease & product knowledge
  • Basic equipment knowledge
  • Basic principles of trials
  • Basic understanding of pest and diseases
  • In possession of valid driver’s license. Preferably Code 10

Skills:

  • Work independently
  • Reliable
  • Problem identification and solving
  • Working long hours in peak seasons
  • High degree of patience
  • Speak at least English and/or Afrikaans
  • Work respectful with farmers and other stakeholders

Critical Experience:

  • 2 to 3 years agricultural experience as Field Assistant or Technician with a chemical company or research institute

Qualifications:

  • Grade 10 – 12
  • Diploma or Bachelor’s degree in agriculture from 2019 onwards

Primary Location: South Africa

Job: R&D – Other


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