Research Associate – Irrigation Crop Diversification Corporation

The Irrigation Crop Diversification Corporation (ICDC) stimulates and services the development and expansion of sustainable irrigation in Saskatchewan. It researches and demonstrates profitable agronomic practices for irrigated field crops and high value horticulture crops, develops crop varieties suitable for irrigated conditions and provides information about its research to consumers, irrigation districts and the public. It works closely with both the provincial and federal governments at the Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre in Outlook, Saskatchewan.

Duties of the Research Associate position include:

Project Identification and Development: develop research priorities and issues; develop potential projects and collaborate with researchers and consultants to develop and implement protocols; develop and write project proposals for research and demonstrations on behalf of ICDC; prepare and manage budgets for individual projects and demonstrations.

Field Research: coordinate and carry out field activities including seeding, treatment application, plot maintenance, data collection, harvest, sample processing, etc.; develop and implement quality control procedures to ensure research is conducted according to protocols; analyze and interpret data and write reports or submit data to appropriate collaborators; source land and off station sites as needed; ensure quality of all plots through on-going field scouting and perform resulting maintenance as required; develop and submit peer-reviewed manuscripts in collaboration with research personnel and collaborating sites.

Technology Transfer: develop written reports, presentations, posters, factsheets, etc., keeping the intended audience in mind; presentations at Field Days and other extension events; coordinate with AAFC, Saskatchewan Agriculture Crop Specialists or commodity group agronomists to ensure relevant information is available; represent ICDC at various meetings as required; work with all ICDC personnel to develop and carry out technology transfer events.

Agriculture Designations:

Applicants must be registered or need to become registered with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists as defined by The Agrologists Act.


  • A minimum of Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture with preference in Agronomy, Crop Science or Soil Science with combined years of experience.
  • A Masters’ degree would be considered an asset.
  • ARM (Agriculture Research Management) computer program knowledge is an asset.
  • Expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.
  • Knowledge and experience in field research with the ability to operate small plot equipment; and a valid driver’s license is also a requirement.

Asset Qualifications:

Candidates with the ability of or understanding of statistical analysis will be an asset. Other asset qualifications include the ability to work independently, strong leadership skills, the ability to work in a team environment, good time management skills, and excellent written/verbal communication skills. The candidate must also be able to communicate effectively with the research community as well as with producers.

Salary and Working Conditions:

Salary is based on education and experience. Working hours are flexible with a minimum of a 37.5 hour week. The employee is expected to manage his/her own work schedule. There is no allowance for overtime pay. The successful candidate must be willing to relocate to Outlook.

To apply or for more information email: or fax (306) 867-2102. Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Posted: March 05, 2019.