Breeding Agronomist - Napus (Contract)











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Breeding Agronomist - Napus

Accountable to the Breeder responsible for Inbred Development, Nursery and Production, this position is located in Saskatoon, and will be responsible for establishing and maintaining nurseries, production, and breeding trials for the purpose of evaluation, statistical analysis and selection with the goal of developing, and registering hybrids that meet market needs and will provide the highest return to growers.




  • You will be involved in field trials for local and global Oilseed Breeding programs with the goal of developing hybrids that provide the highest return to growers. 

    You will participate in the North American Breeding seed setup to ensure all protocols are completed and ready for spring planting in a timely fashion

  • You will be responsible for field activities relating to variety development and registration from seeding to harvest including seed set up, land preparation, seeding, pest control, pollination management, plot maintenance, parental development, and harvesting

  • You will also be involved in crop health diagnosis through daily monitoring of field and research plots, data collection and analysis.

  • Supervision and coaching of Summer Associates and of casual employees as required.

  • Depending on the specifics of the role the individual Agronomist may be in charge of data analysis and putting packages together for Parental Development or lower level hybrid advancement.

  • Perform seed logistics activities and germplasm maintenance of Napus material

    Support QA/QMS in activities as required by the breeding program

    Responsible for clear communication, interaction and follow-up with Breeder about Status on projects and activities




Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…


  • Degree or Diploma in Agriculture or related discipline 

  • Experience in plant breeding, genetics, canola agronomy, canola botany, pollen flow, genetic purity, conducting research trials using statistical design and analysis are all assets.

  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and ability to be flexible and modify plans as required to minimize impact on data and production as situations arise. 

  • The ability to work independently as well as in a team either as a member or supervising contract employees is required in fulfilling job responsibilities

  • A valid class 5 driver’s license, heavy trailering endorsement is an asset

  • Strong computer skills and ability to use database tools

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

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Saskatoon, SK, CA, S7K 3J9

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