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Agronomy Trial Specialist - Summer 2023


Sunnyvale, CA

Position Description

About us

Blue River Technology serves the agricultural industry by designing and building advanced farm machines that utilize computer vision and machine learning to enable farmers to understand and manage every plant. These machines help farmers to improve profitability, protect the environment by reducing pesticide use, and capture valuable plant-by-plant data. Blue River is a pioneer in the agricultural robotics space and has developed the See & Spray precision sprayer, which applies pesticide only where needed, and can reduce pesticide use 90%. Blue River also leads the development of autonomous systems for John Deere.

John Deere & Company, with over 180 years of experience in designing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative products to farmers, acquired Blue River Technology in the fall of 2017 as an independently-run subsidiary.  In partnership with John Deere, Blue River has expanded rapidly and together both companies see many opportunities to apply advanced computer vision, machine learning, and robotics technologies to other areas in agriculture beyond spraying.

Blue River is based in Sunnyvale, CA with a satellite office in San Francisco and Austin, TX, and has 200+ team members with diverse experience including computer vision, machine learning, systems software, autonomous vehicles, precision agriculture and agronomy.  Our working environment is fast paced and highly collaborative, and employees are excited to use their talents to improve food production and protect the environment.

 

Summary

The Agronomic Trial Specialist will support research activities for See & Spray™ technology with a focus on weed control in soybean and cotton production systems.  The role involves field trial research that will include, but is not limited to, work in the following areas:

  • General setup of field trials, including marking of treatment boundaries prior to application
  • Assist Blue River Field Engineers on the days of application, which will include data collection immediately following treatment while wearing appropriate PPE to identify treated plants
  • Collection of weed control efficacy data at designated times after each application as directed by the Blue River Agronomy team
  • Assist with sprayer demonstration days as directed by the Blue River Marketing team per region
  • Assist with sprayer experiments as directed by the Blue River Engineering team and Field Engineers
  • Evaluation of weed control within trials that include plant counts and visual assessments
  • Overnight travel to various field trial locations in the assigned region 

The anticipated start date of the three-month position is May 2023 with work through July 2023, but potentially extending into August (season dependent).  Start and end dates can be flexible based on the availability of the candidate.  The position is full-time during the 3-month period with expectations of working 40-60 hours per week.  The Agronomic Trial Specialist will be provided a company truck and fuel card, as well as expense reimbursement for travel to research locations during the duration of the position.  Positions are available in the Midwestern region that would include the states of Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana or the Mid-South region that include the states of Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi.

The Agronomic Trial Specialist stays in verbal and written communication with the agronomy, product management, and field application engineering personnel on a regular basis, and reports into the Field Engineering team. 

 

Requirements

  • Ideal for current or recent undergraduate students pursuing a degree in agronomy, agribusiness, crop sciences, application technology, or related field.
  • Experience in or understanding of row crop production agriculture
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; fluent English speaker and writer 
  • Can work independently and without constant supervision or direction
  • Ability to work well in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary environment 
  • Physically able to work in hot environments with PPE gear within recently treated fields
  • Valid driver’s license

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