Postharvest technician


San Juan Bautista, CA, EE.UU. - Intermediate vocational education (Jornada completa)

Postharvest Technician

Enza Zaden USA in San Juan Bautista, CA is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our team.

What will you do?

As Laboratory Technician you will provide support in the execution of experiments on postharvest quality and shelf-life of vegetable products, according to precise regulations and protocols, directions and instructions, to establish quality data as part of research programs.

  • Independent execution and assessment of all own, more complex tests/productions and the administrative processing.
  • Recording of all routine results of the department in designated systems, signalling abnormalities and proposing solutions.
  • Correct use and maintenance of all equipment, and troubleshooting of all common manlfunctions.
  • Reading, understanding, interpreting, applying and selecting all protocols for the tests/productions to be executed, signalling errors and proposing improvements.
  • Planning of own daily activities, as well as overseeing the overall progress of the department.
  • Taking the initiative with possible bottlenecks in planning and informing Team Lead.
  • Induction and functional coaching of lower level Laboratory Technicians and interns.
  • Coordinates contract labor to execute the various steps in the protocol.
  • Notifies supervisor of any issues and protocol non-compliance.
  • Independent data collection to ensure on-time delivery of data and reporting.
  • Supporting the postharvest team with data analysis, as needed.
  • Co-responsible for a healthy and safe work environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Your power

  • You are someone who takes initiative, recognizes opportunities and is a great communicator. You are research minded and interested in working in the seed sector. You are organized and follow safety procedures. You can work independently, but you are also able to work in a cross-functional teams and intercultural project teams.
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in an agricultural or biological discipline (e.g., food science, biology, plant science, botany, horticulture, agronomy).
  • 3 to 5 years of training and experience relevant to the job.
  • Ability to work with basic lab equipment (e.g. balance, pH meter, titraror, refractometer) and related computer systems.
  • Ability to work with different crops and chemicals in the prescribed and safe manner.
  • Occasionally works under time pressure.
  • Occasional strenuous work.
  • Details oriented.
  • Working in laboratory environment that may consist of chemical/toxic substances.
  • A thorough understanding of English, both verbal and written is required.
  • The ability to speak and understand Spanish is highly desired.
  • Have basic knowledge and practice of Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Power Point, Word).
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Ability to lift and move up to 50 pounds.

Our power

Enza Zaden is a vegetable breeding company that develops vegetable varieties. We produce and sell the seeds of these varieties all over the world. Both for conventional and organic growers. In order to explain this properly (and as briefly as possible) we have made an animation.
For more than 80 years we are working with the best that nature offers. We support this with state-of-the-art technologies to speed up our breeding process. That is really necessary, because currently the development of a new vegetable variety takes up 6 to 10 years.
The results? Strong, healthy, tasty, and climate-proof vegetable varieties with higher yield per square meter and less need of crop protection products or fertilizer.
Our strength? More than 2000 passionate colleagues worldwide working together on the vegetables of tomorrow. Therefore, we continuously invest in knowledge and skills!.


Please submit your cover letter and submit via this link.