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Robert Half Seed Processing Assistant in Salinas, California


Robert Half is searching for a highly skilled and motivated Seed Processing Assistant! We seek someone with the skills and abilities to succeed in this challenging career. The short-term contract / temporary to hire role will be based in Salinas, California.

Major responsibilities

The Seed Processing Assistant is responsible for assisting in the milling of seed, maintenance and operation of the seed processing equipment, coordination with the seed quality laboratory to isolate the best quality seed, delivery of seed to coaters and nurseries meeting grower’s schedules, maintenance of seed storage vaults, maintenance of the seed inventory including monthly reports and seed billing. This position is required to maintain milling records that allow full trace back. This position will report to the Assistant Manager, Seed Operations, and is located in Salinas, CA. Essential Job Responsibilities • Assist with the processing of the highest quality seed from raw seed lots ensuring that growers’ schedules are met in a timely manner. Maintenance of the milling equipment, seed vaults, and milling equipment to process the highest quality seed in a timely manner meeting growers' schedules/needs. Coordination with the seed laboratory to ensure that the highest possible seed quality is generated and the maintenance of processing records in order to be able to perform complete traceback through the processing operation. Will also aid with the processing of plant breeders' research seed including coordination and required quality analysis. • Partner with various personnel to develop a new database and barcode system to label and track seed through the processing system, seed storage, and distribution. Maintenance of seed inventory and quality records. Provide a monthly inventory update and coordination of monthly seed billing. • Collaborate with the quality control laboratory, growers, and seed coaters in order to ensure a constant and uninterrupted supply of premium high-quality seed to meet production schedule requirements. Coordinate closely with the quality control laboratory to provide samples for germination testing, and quality results and utilize those results for making the best quality milling decisions. • Responsibility for ensuring that all activities within and equipment are maintained and operated safely for the processing facility and seed vault. Assist the Safety Coordinator with periodic inspections and maintenance of safety records and operation of processing equipment following appropriate SOP's, ensuring that everything is OSHA compliant and readiness is maintained for OSHA inspection. • Assist the Assistant Manager of Seed Operations, as needed, with the field production and harvest/milling of seed including supervision of crews, maintenance, and supply of consumables, and transport of materials and seed. Seed harvest is one of several peak times that may require availability for longer work days and/or longer work weeks. • Responsible for operating forklift to include safety inspections and maintenance required. • Other duties as assigned.


  • Associates Degree required in Agricultural Production (Crop Science, or related fields)

  • Company will pay costs to obtain a qualified applicator certificate

  • Company will train for Forklift Certification

  • Willing to work flexible and long hours during peak season, with weekends required

  • The ideal candidate is Spanish speaking, has growing experience and prior experience running and maintaining farm equipment

  • Physical demands of the essential functions: Capable of working in high or low-temperature conditions in the field or greenhouses

  • Capable of lifting up to 50 pounds

  • Capable of working long hours during time-critical periods of the research cycle

  • Potential allergens-pollen, fungal spores, chemical pesticides in field or greenhouse

  • Must have a valid driver’s license

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