Research Director

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. With the recently announced infrastructure expansion of irrigated acreage in Saskatchewan the position offers exciting possibilities in a leadership role for the success candidate.

ICDC is seeking a research Director with expertise and experience to provide leadership in sustainable irrigation cropping practices in western Canada. The candidate will have the opportunity to job shadow and be mentored by ICDC’s current Research Director. Preference would be to fill the position as soon as possible.

Duties of the Research Director 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 representatives 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 with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists as defined by The Agrologists Act.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Crop or Soil Science with combined years of experience.
  • A Doctoral degree would be considered an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in western Canadian farming practices.
  • Experience in a managerial capacity and strong leadership skills.
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the research community as well as with producers.
  • Expertise in experimental research design and statistical analyses.
  • 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:

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 candidate 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: admin.icdc@sasktel.net. Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.