Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. is currently looking for an Agricultural Scientist to support our Cranberry Grower-Owners in Massachusetts. The successful candidate will primarily work out of Ocean Spray’s Middleboro/Lakeville, MA OR Aberdeen, WA location and be part of a team of Ocean Spray Agricultural Scientists that serves our growers industry-wide. The MA Agricultural Scientist will develop and implement research and outreach programs to support all phases of agricultural production for Ocean Spray Grower-Owners in the Massachusetts region, provide support to programs/initiatives in the areas of crop supply planning and pesticide-related risk management, advise grower harvest timing and help coordinate fruit deliveries to OSC’s receiving facilities, and cooperate with University/government scientists, grower organizations, and chemical industry professionals to address issues important to the cranberry industry.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide on-farm technical support to Grower-Owners.
Implement outreach programs for Grower education and to facilitate research technology transfer.
Provide support to the existing University of Massachusetts Extension program on behalf of OSC growers.
Conduct applied research to address key production, pest management, fruit quality, and environmental needs. Work collaboratively with external (e.g. university) scientists as appropriate. Manage seasonal technicians if needed.
Execute field sampling programs to support crop estimation, field inspections (supports contract management) and pesticide residue analysis.
Be an integral member of our team of OSC Agricultural Scientists
Work collaboratively with the OSC Agricultural Operations (fruit receiving) network to ensure timely delivery of high quality fruit.
Represent the Cooperative as an information resource on matters relating to the overall business.
Be familiar with the Cooperative’s rules and recommendations for Grower–Owner practices in relation to producing and delivering the crop.
Review and approve Pesticide Use Reports for individual farms.
Attend Grower Industry meetings, workshops, and gatherings.
Competitive Base Salary
Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance on day one
401K with up to 10% in matching contributions
Bright Horizons Family Solutions – Back up care, tutoring, etc.
Tuition Reimbursement Program
Paid holidays and vacation days
Up to $300 Fitness Reimbursement
Up to $300 Massage Reimbursement
Health Resources including Free Headspace membership, 1:1 Health Coaching and more.
Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements:
Bachelor’s or Master's degree in agricultural sciences, pest management, crop management, soil science or related discipline
2 or more years of experience in one or more of the areas stated above.
Pesticide Applicator License is desired (for research plot work).
Must be self-directed and independently motivated.
Driving is required (company vehicle provided) so candidates must have a valid driver’s license in good standing.