Seed Lab Technologist


Burlington, WA


Quality Assurance

JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for the testing, generation and distribution of data as it applies to seed quality, state seed laws and regulations, national and international testing rules, the Federal Seed Act, and international laws and regulations.


  • Conduct and support all activities related to purity, bulk examinations, germination/viability test, moisture tests, and other tests that determine seed quality for labeling, payment, research, or complaint investigation purposes.
  • Report results according to protocols mandated by international standards, US standards, company standards and standards of professional seed testing organizations.
  • Accurately document test data. Evaluate accuracy of test results, and schedule retests as needed. Recognize problems requiring alternate testing.
  • Assist in training seasonal staff with seed testing activities.
  • Monitor laboratory equipment performance to insure lab equipment is adequately and properly maintained.
  • Attend professional meetings, workshops, and conferences related to seed testing and seed physiology.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures as follows, but not limited to this list:
  • Is aware of and personally follows all company policies and procedures.
  • Raises issues with Manager when policies or procedures are not clear or are not working.
  • Keeps manager informed of critical tasks not done and developing issues.


  • Cooperative attitude. Able to follow directions as well as supervise others.
  • Ability to train and lead temporary and other semi-skilled personnel.
  • Basic knowledge of plant sciences, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, and/or statistics.
  • Ability to develop excellent laboratory skills in taxonomical botany and general seed science/botany
  • Ability to do routine and repetitious work in a laboratory environment for several hours.
  • Ability to quickly adapt and be receptive to changing work demands, techniques, and/or approaches.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work accurately and efficiently with good dexterity and visual acuity, meeting time constraints and deadlines.
  • Good verbal, listening, and written communication skills and good organizational skills.
  • Ability to handle stress especially when encountering necessary projects, deadlines and/or high workload.
  • Must be able to work under strict time constraints and requirements.
  • Strong character traits required including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, and honesty.
  • Competency in data management and use of computer technologies.
  • Willingness to take on a wide assortment of tasks and duties.


  • BS degree in agricultural science, biological sciences or related field desired.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Prior experience in vegetable seed germination and purity testing preferred.


  • Must be able to work with pesticides and other agricultural chemicals, laboratory chemicals and other potentially irritating substances.
  • Must be able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time (up to 70%).
  • Must be able to climb and descend step ladders. Must be able to lift 15 pounds above shoulders.
  • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment when necessary and/or required (for example, but not limited to: lab coats, respirators, protective gloves, safety glasses.)

*To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty (as described above) satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

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