Salary: not specified
CD: Friday 1st October
Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) Ltd is one of four UK Agri-Tech Centres launched under BEIS supported by Innovate UK in 2015. As a unique, independent nexus between UK government, researchers and industry, CHAP builds innovation networks to identify and accelerate the development of cutting-edge solutions to drive transformative change in sustainable crop productivity.
Overall Job Purpose
The Horticultural Technician will support crop trials within the NLGC through a range of activities spanning general technical work within the greenhouse, development of standard operating procedures and policy, monitoring and recording critical data, managing crop health, and liaising across the project and wider sector including the consortium of partners on the grant. This post will be based at CHAP’s Warwick office, with a significant portion of the role being based at CHAP’s Natural Light Growing Centre (NLGC). The successful candidate will play a key role in delivering industrial R&D on the RIPEHouse project.
Main Duties & Responsibilities
- Provide project support for the RIPEHouse industrial research project, maintaining regular liaison with project colleagues and working collaboratively with RIPE and University of Warwick (UoW) to realise successful R&D trials in the NLGC, including maintaining effective greenhouse procedure and policy and organising task schedules.
- Undertake technical work within the NLGC, including daily setup and monitoring, environmental control, fertigation solution preparation, and cleaning tasks, along with organising logistics for materials and fresh produce.
- Undertake monitoring and recording activities for the purpose of the project, by recording and conducting preliminary processing of trial data, before liaising with UoW/CHAP technical leads to report data.
- Support effective integrated pest management within the NLGC through mapping of pest/disease locations and levels, maintenance of effective biological control and application of foliar organic treatments or pesticides when deemed necessary.
- Undertake crop management within the NLGC, including transplanting, leaf removal and clipping, dropping and harvesting, along with foliar sampling (and nutrient solution) for periodic chemical and biological analysis.
- Communicate with industry experts (growers, horticultural agronomist, biostimulant expert) to maintain crop health and conform to industry good practice.
Skills & Experience
- Degree or equivalent experience: scientific and/or agricultural discipline.
- Experience of working within a greenhouse crop production environment (desirable), or knowledge of controlled environment horticulture (essential).
- Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple operational duties simultaneously.
- Effective communication skills, written and verbal, including report writing.
- Ability to develop creative approaches to problem solving.
- Ability to assess and organise resources and plan and progress work activities.
- Ability to work from own initiative, but able to recognise when to seek advice from others.
For information and to apply, please email Katie Edwards, HR Manager.