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Seasonal Lab Technician - Germination

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General information


The fourth largest seed company in the world, Limagrain is an international cooperative group created and directed by French farmers. As a creator and producer of plant varieties, Limagrain markets field seeds, vegetable seeds and cereal products.
HM.CLAUSE, Business Unit of Group Limagrain, is an innovative global leader in the development, production, and commercialization of vegetable seeds. HM.CLAUSE belongs to the top 5 vegetable seed entities in the world. With over 2,000 varieties in more than 20 vegetable crops, HM.CLAUSE provides innovative solutions to growers worldwide.  






Position description



Employment Type

Seasonal worker

Contract duration


Main Goal

HM.CLAUSE is a Business Unit of Limagrain, an international agricultural co-operative founded and managed by farmers. HM.CLAUSE specializes in the breeding, production, and sale of vegetable seeds. From the world market to the farmer's market, we collaborate with our customers to deliver successful solutions for the agricultural challenges of today and produce the highest quality vegetable seeds for the future. Our global team of experts and state-of-the-art research facilities enable us to work side-by-side with growers to provide the most regionally relevant and reliable vegetable seeds available.

Job description

This is a seasonal position, approximately 30-32 hours a week and can accommodate a flexible schedule between the hours of 7am-3:30pm, M-F.

Conduct germination testing following AOSA and HM Clause protocols in both the seed lab and greenhouse.

Following established testing protocols, plant and evaluate seed samples in both the seed lab and greenhouse. Position is a technical laboratory position requiring ability to follow written procedures and work in a formal quality control lab environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following (Other duties may be assigned):
• Conduct germination testing following AOSA and HM Clause protocols for all tests
o Preparation of media (towels, blotters, soil, etc.)
o Plant seed using vacuum planting system or manually
o Perform seedling evaluations
o Utilize data entry system (Lims)
 Logging samples into the system and entering results
o File samples
 Short term (within lab)
 Long term (In sample file room)
• Understand workload priority
• Ensure that scheduled tasks are completed
• Temperature monitoring
o Daily temp recording
• Maintenance
o Wash bins
o Use dishwasher
o Keep work area and controlled environment chambers clean
• Cross-train in conducting germination testing following HM Clause protocols in both seed lab and greenhouse setting

Required knowledge and skills
• Have demonstrated computer skills in Excel and Word
• Basic math skills- including percent computations
• Ability to follow technical written protocols
• Able to perform job responsibilities and testing activities accurately and efficiently in a fast pace environment
• Have strong verbal and communication skills and can work as a team member
• Able to comply with safety rules
• Able to work in both seed lab and greenhouse environments


Education and/or Experience
• Minimum- High School diploma, Associate Degree in Biological Science/Plant Sciences preferred
• One-year experience in agriculture or biological science fields preferred
• Experience in germination testing of vegetable seeds is highly desirable

Position localization

Job location

America/Carribean, USA


555 Codoni Avenue, Modesto, CA 95357, États-Unis

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

High School Diploma

Minimum level of experience required

1 year