Breeder, Lettuce


San Juan Bautista, CA, United States - Master (Fulltime)

Breeder, Lettuce

Enza Zaden Research is looking for a highly motivated Breeder to join our San Juan Bautista team in California.


What will you do?

As a Breeder for Enza Zaden you are responsible for developing competitive Lettuce varieties, to provide the production department and the commercial organization with the proper product. You will prepare and carry out breeding programs and/or projects, by observing, assessing, selecting crops and reporting progress to the Crop Breeding Manager. You may provide technical directions and information to the Jr. Breeder, Breeding Technicians, and crew members, other duties as assigned. The station is in San Juan Bautista, California.

Your power

You are a dynamic person who takes initiative, recognizes opportunities and has a creative, analytical, and systematic method of working.  You are a natural communicator and connector. You are research-minded, have a strong agriculture background, and have developed skills in planning, organization, and management. You can work independently, but you are also able to thrive in cross-functional teams and intercultural project teams.

  • Master of Science degree in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, PhD desired. 
  • 5+ years of experience in plant breeding and plant genetics. Graduate program experience is acceptable. 
  • Thorough knowledge of plant breeding, modern methods of breeding and phytopathology 
  • Is well acquainted with various cultivation techniques and has sufficient market knowledge
  • Strong organizational and management skills.
  • A thorough understanding of English, both verbal and written is required.  
  • The ability to speak and understand some Spanish is highly desired.    
  • Responsible for planning and execution of own projects.
  • Significant travel (International/ Domestic).
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

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 with our Enza Academy and under the flag of enzActive we organise various sports activities to stay healthy.


Please submit your cover letter and submit via this link.