Plant Breeding Specialist

Dallas, North Carolina, United States

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Type: Permanent

Education: Master's Degree

Salary: $90,000

Date Posted: 04/23/2024




The Plant Breeding Specialist oversees a non-GMO plant/seed breeding initiative focused on identifying superior traits for yield, quality, and resilience. This role encompasses managing breeding activities, conducting field tests, and scaling up plant production for commercial applications.



  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of raw materials and their critical attributes for optimal growth, including color, enhanced growth, yield potential, and resistance to diseases and pests.
  • Collaborate with universities to advance new plant varieties through the breeding process, including selection, screening, greenhouse cultivation, and field trial management.
  • Design and execute field trials, assess trial outcomes, and perform statistical analyses, demonstrating strong agronomic skills in identifying and addressing weed, insect, and disease pressures.
  • Generate and deliver trial data sets to develop strategies for acquiring high-quality raw materials.
  • Coordinate with the Global Agronomy Team and other cross-functional teams to ensure successful commercialization of new plant varieties.
  • Maintain knowledge of APHIS regulations concerning import requirements, permits, and phytosanitary standards.
  • Regularly visit field plots to monitor crop trial progress and support farmers in scaling up plant production.
  • Manage an internal seed/plant catalogue and oversee intellectual property rights related to new varieties.
  • Collaborate with food scientists and agricultural engineers to enhance specialty crop characteristics across the supply chain.



  • Master’s degree in Agronomy or Plant Breeding.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in plant breeding, preferably with a focus on vegetables such as sweet potatoes.
  • Extensive knowledge of vegetable plant genetics and growth principles.
  • Hands-on experience in farm operations, including planting, fertilizing, and harvesting plants.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in data analytics, statistics, and organizational/time management.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.



  • Base Salary: $90,000
  • Experience Level: Minimum of 3 to 5 years’
  • Travel: 15% to 40%
  • Location: On-Site

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