• Full Time
  • Immediately
  • 5355 Monterey Frontage Road, Gilroy, CA 95020
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Operations Technician (Bilingual Spanish and English)

The purpose of the Gilroy, CA Operations Technician is to assist project leads in delivering on project goals by providing technical assistance in the greenhouse and field, follow and apply all HSES and Stewardship practices, as well as to support site management with the functional activities of a research station.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Perform greenhouse breeding support duties including: planting and growing transplants, pollination, seed harvest, seed cleaning, labeling, and data recording
  • Perform fieldwork including: layout, seeding, transplanting, seed harvest, cleaning, and labeling
  • Supporting efforts to maintain seed stewardship principles of inventory, and performing tasks that include: Data base management, packaging, field trial layout and organization, pollinating, seed processing, document management, and data collection
  • Performing all tasks and behaving in a manner compliant with and in support of all safety related company policies and practices, including completing all required Company training courses and attending local safety meetings
  • On-call for various types of farm emergencies or unscheduled work based on business needs or weather
  • In areas of responsibility and in concert with the farm and greenhouse operations, determine quantities, order, and arrange and/or apply needed agricultural chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides)
  • Input and maintain data in functional data system
  • Involvement in all activities of the selection nurseries, disease and insect screening, and commercial trials
  • Oversee tasks completed by third-party labor to ensure accurate results
  • Effectively communicating regularly and with peers and supervisors regarding the status of projects and work activities


  • Bilingual Spanish and English required for consideration

  • AA or BS degree preferred; will consider High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Four (4) to six (6) year’s comparable experience in an agriculture field preferred

          Critical Experience:

  • Experience in operating agricultural machinery and/or agricultural research equipment
  • Agricultural research experience or agricultural background preferred

    Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities:

  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and have, or have ability to acquire and maintain a CDL
  • Strong computer skill (MS Office, SAP, SharePoint, etc.)
  • Ability to learn and use proprietary breeding management and seed inventory software systems
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a team and to communicate with individuals throughout the organization
  • Ability to use professional concepts and company policies and procedures to solve a wide range of difficult problems in imaginative and practical ways
  • Ability and motivation to learn new technologies
  • Ability to learn and perform maintenance and operate research field equipment
  • Ability to operate seed laboratory equipment including seed conditioning machines, seed counters, and other tools necessary for agricultural research projects

    Critical leadership capabilities:

  • Excellent communicator and team player
  • Able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Commitment to success
  • Willingness and ability to focus on parallel tasks to completion
  • Proven being decisive, trusted, customer-focused, results-oriented, communicative, team-oriented and innovative

    Additional Knowledge, Skills, Traits & Abilities:

  • Capable of working in high or low temperature conditions in the field or greenhouse
  • 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 Exposure to high and low temperatures, sun, rain, and dust
  • Some travel required with occasional overnight stays
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear
  • The employee frequently is required to use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms
  • A minimum of two years in current position is required (requirement for internal applicants only)


Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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