Farmers Edge
  • 01-Aug-2018 to 10-Sep-2018 (CST)
  • Winnipeg, MB, CAN
  • Term

Farmers Edge is a global leader in decision agriculture servicing over 22 million paid product acres worldwide with precision digital solutions. Integrating field-centric data, easy-to-use software, state-of-the-art processing technology, predictive modelling, and advanced agronomic analytics, Farmers Edge provides growers with scalable solutions to produce more with less. Using innovative digital agronomic tools, Farmers Edge solutions focus on the sustainable production of high-yielding, high-quality crops and are designed to optimize inputs, minimize environmental impact, and protect economic viability of the farm. From seed selection to yield data analytics, Farmers Edge transforms big data into timely and accurate insights to support informed decision making.

 

Lab Technician Positions - Term

 

Location: Winnipeg, MB                             

Term: mid-August until December, with the possibility of extension

The Farmers Edge Laboratory provides soil analysis for growers, retailers and crop consultants across Western Canada. In our cutting-edge facility, trained professional staff with a focus on timely accurate results delivers the information you need to make intelligent crop production decisions.

We currently have term positions available for the following roles:

  • Sample Receiving Technician
  • Login Technician
  • Sample Grinder
  • Lab Analytical Technician (NIR, Plant Tissue, or Organic Matter Analysis)
  • Lab Dishwasher
  • Extraction Technician
  • Evening Prep Technician

 Education and Experience:

  • Completion of high school education
  • Previous lab or manufacturing experience an asset
  • Environment - fast-paced, under pressure, handling heavy loads.

 

Sample Receiving Technician

  • Receive, inspect, unpack client soil samples and arrange by priority
  • Notify analytical staff of work volume
  • Sub sample and prepare soil samples for drying
  • Operate soil mills (grinders)
  • Organize sample workflow
  • Must be able to work standing for a full shift
  • Must be able to lift and move 40-60 lbs repeatedly
  • Follow all Health and Safety procedures applicable to Corporate and Lab specific requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Login Technician

  • Receive samples and document receipt
  • Aid receiving technicians in receiving, organizing, unpacking and sorting shipments
  • Inspect samples and sample information sheet, documenting sample integrity.  Notify supervisor of any potential problems with samples or client requests.
  • Enter sample and client information into LIMS, assigning analysis requirements and generating sample labels
  • Communicate with the lab regarding incoming workload
  • Communicate with the lab's Client Services Representative regarding problem samples or paperwork
  • Organize sample workflow
  • Sub sample and prepare soil samples for drying
  • Computer data entry experience is an asset. Must be proficient in using a computer.
  • Follow all Health and Safety procedures applicable to Corporate and Lab specific requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Sample Grinder

  • Operate sample mills (grinders)
  • Retrieve dried samples from drying room and prepare them for lab analysis
  • Maintain sample order and sample integrity throughout the grinding process
  • Identify problem samples
  • Notify supervisor or staff of problem samples
  • Maintain sample grinders
  • Maintain a clean work environment
  • Deliver soil trays to the extraction area.
  • Disposal of grinder waste to garbage bin.
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Follow all Health and Safety procedures applicable to Corporate and Lab specific requirements.

Lab Analytical Technician NIR Analysis

  • Perform analysis as documented in test method with high standards of analytical quality.
  • Enter, Validate and Approve instrument results in LIMS, ensuring all the quality standards have met requirements.
  • Ensure Quality records (Reagents prep forms, calibration forms) are completed as performed
  • Perform regular equipment maintenance and advise Operations manager when equipment is not functioning.
  • Complete glassware and lab-ware cleaning protocols.
  • Request supplies and consumables as required from the Operations manager.
  • Follow all Health and Safety procedures applicable to Corporate and Lab specific requirements.
  • Additional duties or tasks as directed by the Operations manager

Lab Analytical Technician Plant Tissue Analysis

  • Perform analysis as documented in test method with high standards of analytical quality.
  • Enter, Validate and Approve instrument results in LIMS, ensuring all the quality standards have met requirements.
  • Ensure Quality records (Reagents prep forms, calibration forms) are completed as performed
  • Perform regular equipment maintenance and advise operations manager when equipment is not functioning.
  • Complete glassware and lab-ware cleaning protocols.
  • Request supplies and consumables as required from the Operations manager.
  • Follow all Health and Safety procedures applicable to Corporate and Lab specific requirements.
  • Additional duties or tasks as directed by the Operations manager

Lab Analytical Technician Organic Matter Analysis

  • Perform analysis as documented in test method with high standards of analytical quality.
  • Enter, Validate and Approve instrument results in LIMS, ensuring all the quality standards have met requirements.
  • Ensure Quality records (Reagents prep forms, calibration forms) are completed as performed
  • Perform regular equipment maintenance and advise Operations manager when equipment is not functioning.
  • Complete glassware and lab-ware cleaning protocols.
  • Request supplies and consumables as required from the Operations manager.
  • Follow all Health and Safety procedures applicable to Corporate and Lab specific requirements.
  • Additional duties or tasks as directed by the Operations manager

Lab Dishwasher Job Description

  • Clean all extraction equipment prior to and after the extraction process.
  • Organize clean extraction equipment on drying racks.
  • Dispose of used filters after extraction is completed.
  • Help to collect extracts from the filtering manifolds.
  • Help to set up extraction equipment.
  • Follow all Health and Safety procedures applicable to Corporate and Lab specific requirements.
  • General duties as directed by the Extraction Supervisor.

Extraction Technician

  • Complete thorough and accurate sample extractions for daily workload
  • Prepare and maintain reagents and solutions for extraction procedures
  • Ensure Quality records (Reagents prep forms, calibration forms, dispenser checks, scooping technique check, traceability for quality control batches) are completed as performed
  • Complete glassware and labware cleaning protocols
  • Request supplies and consumables as required from the Extraction Supervisor
  • Prepare extraction manifolds and supporting equipment for the following day's workload
  • Follow all Health and Safety procedures applicable to Corporate and Lab specific requirements.
  • General duties as directed by the Extraction Supervisor.

Evening Prep Technician

  • Complete thorough and accurate sample preparations for daily workload
  • Ensure Quality records (scooping technique check, traceability for quality control batches) are completed as performed
  • Complete glassware and labware cleaning protocols
  • Follow all Health and Safety procedures applicable to Corporate and Lab specific requirements.
  • General duties as directed by the Extraction Supervisor.

 

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