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Seed Testing Laboratory Manager

South Dakota Board of Regents
Brookings, South Dakota, US
Closing date
Jun 24, 2024

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Conservation science
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Full time
Seed Testing Laboratory Manager

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Logo Institution South Dakota State University Working Title Seed Testing Laboratory Manager Posting Number NFE02382P Department SDSU-Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings Posting Text

Are you passionate about plant breeding and agricultural innovation? South Dakota State University (SDSU) is seeking a dedicated and experienced Seed Testing Laboratory Manager to support our plant breeding programs. In this role, you will lead seed analysis activities, contributing to the advancement of agriculture in South Dakota. As the manager, you will supervise a team of professionals, ensuring accurate and efficient seed testing processes. If you are committed to excellence in agricultural science and ready to make a significant impact, we invite you to join our team and help drive the future of farming in South Dakota! This position is located in Brookings, South Dakota and is a 12-month, full-time, benefits-eligible position.

The recruitment of this position will be filled internally and is open to all current, full-time SDSU employees.

The Seed Testing Laboratory is maintained by SDSU to test seed samples for farmers, seedsmen, the South Dakota Crop Improvement Association and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. Our lab is equipped with the modern testing equipment necessary to perform tests on the seeds of agricultural crops, grasses, flowers, trees and vegetables. The crucial components of the Seed Testing Laboratory are teaching, training, and research. The Seed Testing Laboratory also conducts seed-related research and provides training, supplies, and direct assistance for faculty, graduate and undergraduate research.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


The Seed Testing Laboratory is the State's official seed testing and analysis laboratory. This position will support SDSU's plant breeding programs to conduct seed analysis activities and serve agriculture in South Dakota.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of excellent benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 6% matching, 10 hours of annual leave each month, 9.34 hours of sick leave each month, and eleven paid holidays. Relocation benefits are available per university's guidelines.

Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


* Earned Master's degree in Agronomy/Botany or closely related field by date of application;
* At least 5 years of experience in native seed testing (wildflowers, grasses, aquatics, etc.) as well as traditional Midwest crops (cereals, corn, soybeans, alfalfa, sorghum, etc.);
* Association or Society accreditation - Certified Seed Analyst in both Purity and Germination or Registered Seed Technologist; and
* Valid driver's license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire.


* Experience supervising and training multiple employees.


This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university's verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University's Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

Posting Date 05/30/2024 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes First Consideration Date 06/13/2024 Advertised Salary The salary range for this position is $79,485-$95,340. Duration of the Term 12 months If Other, describe duration Brent Turnipseed Appointment Percent 100 Work Hours

8am-5pm when workload allows.

Will require some after hours and occasional weekend hours.

Typical Hours Worked Per Week Appointment Type Regular Faculty Status No Scope of Search Internal If internal, define scope of search Current SDSU regular employees This position requires Travel, Overnight stays, Weekends/Holidays, Valid Drivers License If other, please indicate Department Description and Cultural Expectations

South Dakota State University is the state's largest, most comprehensive university with over $60 million annual research expenditures, more than 200 academic programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. We offer a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusions and access. The university is part of a dynamic community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees, which offers an abundance of attractions and activities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran's status, or any other status that may become protected in the offering of all educational programs and employment. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact search committee chair, Neal Foster, at

Working Conditions

Cognitive Requirements

Please check the appropriate response that describe the cognitive requirements for this position. Analyzing, Comprehend, Frequent Change, Logic, Memory, Multiple Priorities, Pace-fast, Perform calculations, Reading, Reasoning, Verbal Communication, Written Communication

Protective Clothing/Equipment

Please check the appropriate response for this position's use of the following protective clothing or equipment. Eye Protection, Latex Gloves, Protective Clothing, Surgical Mask If other protection is used please identify

No open toed shoes or shorts in chemical work area of lab.

Physical Requirements

Please designate the physical requirements of this position Balancing, Bending, Stooping, Twisting, Carrying, Climbing Ladders, Driving, Fine Finger Manipulation (keyboarding, pipefitting, bench work, etc), Grasping, Kneeling, Lifting Above Waist, Lifting Below Waist, Lifting light, Lifting moderate, Lifting heavy, Pushing/Pulling, Reaching, Repetitive Motion, Sitting for sustained periods of time, Standing for sustained periods of time, Stretching, Use Both Hands, Use of Either Hand, Independently, Walking, Wrist Movement (twisting or rotating) Describe any of the conditions selected

Working in the seed testing lab uses all of the selected in purity, germination, dividing, samples disposal, TZ, noxious exams, cleaning, washing dishes, etc.

Sensory Requirements

Please check the appropriate response that describe the sensory requirements for this position. Color Vision, Depth Perception, Distant Vision, Hearing, Near Vision, Peripheral Vision, Speaking, Vision (With and without corrective lenses)

Working Conditions & Exposures

Working Conditions or Exposures (or potential exposures) that this position may encounter during the course of the work day. Atmospheric Contaminants (includes odors & fumes), Changes of Temperature, Chemical Hazards, Electrical Current, Exposure to Dust, Exposure to Noise, Vibrations, Walking/Standing on rough or uneven surfaces (gravel, rocks, etc), Walking/Standing on wood, metal or concrete Please describe, in more detail, any of the conditions checked above

Seed samples are dusty, sometimes with odors, chemical treatment on seed sometimes, chemicals used in electrophoresis, use of vibraflow stations, work with powered equipment

Working Environment

Check the appropriate box(es) that best describes the environment in which the primary function of the position is performed. Lab Environment, Outdoors Environment If you have indicated Other Environment, if work tasks involve one or more of the above, or if further explanation is necessary, please use the space provided.

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

* Resume
* Cover Letter
* Reference List

Optional Documents

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