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Agronomist

Job No: 123647
Location: Loxton, SA

  • Join a leading team of integrated pest management and crop nutrition specialists
  • One-on-one mentoring and career progression opportunities
  • Salary circa $65,000 - $90,000 commensurate with skills and experience
  • Graduates encouraged to apply!

About the Organisation

Fruit Doctors were founded in 1994 and provide agronomic services for fruit and nut producers, agricultural product suppliers and industry bodies seeking independent advice for their businesses. Servicing the Riverland, Sunraysia, and Lower Darling regions of South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales, Fruit Doctors specialise in integrated pest management, crop monitoring, agronomy services and collaborative industry research.

Fruit Doctors mission is to “create an environment for success” for each of their clients. They seek to achieve this through leading them into the adoption of improved farm practices, optimising production, quality, sustainability and profitability.

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About the Riverland Region

Loxton resides in the Riverland region of South Australia, lying adjacent to the Murray River. It sits close to the Victorian border, and the main point of access is via the Sturt Highway, running directly to Mildura (the closest large city). Agriculture is the primary industry of the area. 

The Riverland is a wonderful place to discover, whatever your hobbies might be! Explore the Murray River, trek the national parks, play a round of golf, or spend the afternoon fishing.

About the Opportunity

Due to growth within the business, Fruit Doctors has an exciting opportunity for a motivated Agronomist to join their team in Loxton, SA, on a full-time basis.

In this role the successful candidate will initially be responsible for assisting Fruit Doctor’s consultants with field monitoring and reporting (e.g. developing competency in identifying key pests, diseases and beneficial insects; becoming familiar with their biology and life cycles; learning and becoming competent with monitoring techniques and recording; becoming familiar with action thresholds and management strategies; collecting soil and tissue samples for lab analysis).

As your knowledge of cropping systems and insect interactions develops the role will be expanded (within the context of a team) to include:

  • The management of a group of clients on behalf of Fruit Doctors (provide the primary point of contact and become the principle consultant);
  • The delivery of agronomy services (crop nutrition & management);
  • Participating in & helping to direct research activities as well as assisting with the adaption of research into farm practices; and
  • Taking an active role in helping to set and fulfil business goals (strategic planning & implementation along with the leadership group).

About You

To be successful you will need to have qualifications in agriculture or a related science field. The following attributes, skills and experiences are highly regarded:

  • Methodical and scientifically minded;
  • Eye for detail;
  • Computer Literate;
  • Rural living experience;
  • Work experience on a horticultural or agricultural property or as an agronomist;
  • Experience and knowledge in integrated pest management, entomology, soil and crop nutrition science;
  • Enjoy working outdoors, prepared to work in all weather conditions and be capable of handling the physical aspects of the role;
  • Ability to be self-directed;
  • Prepared to work overtime hours when required; and
  • Demonstrate integrity.

About the Benefits

Fruit Doctors are and equal opportunity employer. For your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with a salary circa $65,000 - $90,000, negotiable based on skills and experience.

On-the-job training will be provided, and you will be working alongside seasoned staff – this presents a unique opportunity to get some one-on-one mentoring and drive your skills forward.

Genuine career progression opportunities are also available, with the right candidate having the chance to join the Leadership Group – a small team formed for the purpose of directing the business and initiating change.

 

If you are looking for the chance to begin your career and take advantage of great learning opportunities in one of the leading agricultural areas of Australia – Apply Now!

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