Field Testing Agronomist (Richmond, VA) in Galena, Maryland | DiversityInc Careers

Field Testing Agronomist (Richmond, VA)

Produce more. Conserve more. Improve lives. That’s Monsanto’s vision for a better world. Achieving this vision requires inspiration, innovation, and a passion for applying state-of-the-art technology to revolutionize agriculture

Field Testing Agronomist (FTA) based in Richmond, VA
  • Support and manage day-to-day operations of the research program, and field testing sites
  • Based in Richmond, VA- covering locations sites in VA, NC and MD (25% travel)
  • Identify needs and priorities of the research program with direction from the Site Lead
  • Plan, establish, maintain, collect accurate agronomic data from, and harvest corn, soybean, wheat, and cotton trials in a professional and timely manner
  • Support and manage regulated field trials, confined field trials and/or stewarded field trials under Monsanto Stewardship requirements
  • Recruit, train, supervise and support the growth and development of temporary employees including Summer Research Assistants, seasonal labor and contract field operations as needed throughout the season
  • Implement ESH procedures and programs for safe operation of the research program
  • Maintain facilities and equipment for effective and efficient program operation
  • Represent Monsanto and the North American Field Testing and Operations group on field tours, industry seminars, etc.
  • Support other Agronomic Research Specialists or Field Testing hubs through participation in Operations Support exchange programs wherein the individual may be requested to travel to other locations to assist where/as needed
Scope of the Job:
  • Ensure safe and efficient operation of the research program with respect to budgetary guidelines and expectations. Support the site ESH program as it applies to North American Field Testing and Operations
  • Selection, preparation and maintenance of multiple field testing sites. Requires safe driving including frequent trailer use hauling loads in excess of 10,000 lbs; pre-trip inspections and use of log books
  • Plays a vital role is trial preparation including seed processing, packaging, shipping, protocol review, trial placement and mapping/field design
  • Maintain field trial sites as weed, insect and disease free; Confident ability in identifying key weeds, insect and disease problems is critical, as is timely and accurate implementation of control measures
  • With the use of handheld electronic equipment and Monsanto proprietary software, collect notes on various agronomic traits (e.g. emergence uniformity, flowering date, lodging, height, maturity, shattering resistance) in a timely manner throughout the growing season
  • Harvest plots and collect samples for quality and statistical analysis; ensure harvest data is evaluated and relinquished in accordance with crop advancement deadlines to aid in product advancement decisions
  • Develop, maintain and implement the use of controlled SOP documents, QMS procedures and investigative protocols
  • Comply with all Monsanto regulatory compliance guidelines for Confined Release and Stewarded Trial material
  • Regular interaction with other Agronomic Research Specialists, Site Leads, and Principal Investigators is expected in order to facilitate efficient trial planning and placement, sharing of ideas and techniques and quick response to issues that may arise (e.g. weather or pests affecting trials)
  • Work closely with Plant Breeders, Principal Investigators and Agronomic Research Specialists to fully understand the multiple stages of crop development and the importance of each step involved and share experiences cross-functionally as needed


  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture or related field or Agricultural Diploma with 4+ years agricultural research experience
  • Minimum of 2+ years agricultural field research experience preferred
  • Recent Graduate will be considered with appropriate education and experience of 2 field research seasons (during school).
  • Farm background an asset
  • Broad knowledge of crop production and farming practices, corn, soybean, wheat, cotton agronomy, plant breeding and precision agriculture applications
  • Operation and maintenance of agricultural research equipment experience
  • Effective team leadership qualities including excellent organizational and motivational skills, accurate record keeping and attention to detail
    -Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of basic statistical analysis and experimental design principles
  • Computer skills related to data acquisition and analysis, proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, and precision agriculture technology
  • Appropriate driver’s license for medium vehicle operation (>10,000 lbs GCWR)
  • Ability to obtain First Aid certification and pesticide application license
  • Ability to work long hours and manage seasonal OT of full and part-time staff in accordance with applicable regulations