Germplasm Development Research Specialist

Sylvania, Georgia, US
Jul 18, 2021
Jul 23, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
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Weyerhaeuser Timberland's Tree Improvement organization is seeking a well-qualified, experienced Germplasm Development Research Specialist based out of Oliver Tree Improvement Centre which is approximately 18 miles from Sylvania Georgia. To know more about the city of Sylvania
General Description
The primary responsibility of the Germplasm Development Research Specialist role involves coordinating the breeding strategy for the improvement of advanced generation base and elite populations, assist Germplasm Development Scientist with development and implementation of research project designed to improve any aspect of germplasm development and multiplication. This role reports to the Southern Tree Improvement Manager. The position will be located at the Oliver Tree Improvement Center near Sylvania, GA.
This position will manage the Oliver Tree Improvement Center's germplasm archives and breeding banks and oversee the facility infrastructure. They may work with key scientists and project leaders across all S&T disciplines as well as university professors. Strong communication and coordination are required with scientists and the entire team to ensure breeding strategy and research projects are properly designed and implemented. The Germplasm Development Research Specialist will conduct research on breeding techniques and protocols, storage of pollen and seeds, pine flower development and retention, control-mass pollination protocols, and aspects of seed orchard management under the direction of the Germplasm Development Scientist. The individual in the role will have a strong understanding of tree improvement, seed orchard management, Southern pine silviculture and possess the ability to recognize opportunities for research and operational improvement.
The position will be responsible for transferring technological information in a clear and concise manner to managers (S&T and Southern Regeneration), seed orchard technicians, early- and mid-rotation foresters, and other relevant parties. This transfer of information may be in the form of group presentations, field tours, and written reports. In addition to formal research activities, the coordinator is expected to stay abreast of current science, to understand operational practices, and to recognize research needs and challenges as they arise.
Essential Job Functions
- Responsible for implementing the breeding designs for the advancement of base and elite breeding populations and coordinating the breeding assignments to specific breeding banks. This involves collecting scion material from selected trees, assigning them to breeding orchards, grafting them into the orchards, stimulating flower production, collecting and storing pollen, conducting controlled pollinations of selected trees, protecting flower / conelet development from insect and disease pests, collecting seeds, and storing seeds for progeny testing.
- Assist with developing and maintaining a well-organized data base for all breeding activities, research projects, and pollen and seed inventories.
- Recognizing research and operational improvement opportunities and develop innovative research projects to improve protocols, processes, and techniques for all aspects of the germplasm development and seed multiplication processes.
- Collaborate with Strategy and Technology employees across all disciplines to develop well-designed projects.
- Analyze and summarize research data, and prepare concise technical reports, presentations, and posters, for all research activities in a timely manner.
- Transfer improved technology to Southern Regeneration managers and employees and help troubleshoot technology implementation. Partner with Southern Regeneration and consult on operational scale research projects and requests.
- Assist in preparation to field tours.
- Ensure all work is completed in a safe manner following all regulations and JSAs.
- Assist other platforms and projects in the Atlantic, Piedmont, and NC/VA Regions with research activities as needed.
- Assist the Southern Tree Improvement Program manage the Oliver Tree Improvement Center facility and infrastructure.
Location: Oliver Tree Improvement Center is in Screven County, GA approximately 20-25 minutes from Statesboro, GA, and approximately 45-60 minutes from the greater Savannah, GA area.
- PhD in tree improvement, forestry, plant breeding, or a closely related field, OR Masters degree with more than 3 years of research experience in tree improvement, forestry, plant breeding, or a closely related field
- Must possess at least 1 of the following:
o Good understanding of genetics and tree improvement, experimental design and the importance of data quality
o Proficient in the use of statistical tools and software such as SAS, ASReml, and R
o Excellent skills for interpreting research data and genetic analysis
o Basic understanding of a broad range of core competencies including plantation nutrition, tree physiology, soils, growth and yield, and silvicultural systems
o Contract administration (both preparing contracts and managing the contractor)
- Excellent computer skills including a working knowledge of MS Office applications
- Good communication and organizational skills
- Ability to work collaboratively across technical disciplines and work well in team situations
- Demonstrated ability to work safely in forestry or related operations
- Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines
- The ability to work alone safely, often in remote areas, prepared to do field intensive work
- Proactive problem-solving skills
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Job: *Engineering, Science, & Architecture
Title: Germplasm Development Research Specialist
Location: GA-Sylvania
Requisition ID: 01015966