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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Know a recent plant sci grad looking for a job?

Tomato Research Assistant I Position - Lipman Family Companies R&D Division, Estero, FL. 
LFC’s Research and Development Division is located in Estero, FL in close proximity to the Naples/Fort Myers metropolitan area and currently has an opening for a Research Assistant I. This position will assist the tomato breeding team ...
Rick VanVranken
in all aspects of field, lab and greenhouse cropping and experimentation, record keeping, plant selection, seed  inventory maintenance, seed multiplication/processing, hybridization, marker and pathology screening as well as other related activities including close supervision/training of technical and seasonal staff.  Employee will interact with LFC staff, outside collaborators and customers.

The Lipman family has been in the produce business since the late 1940’s and operates the largest vertically integrated, private tomato grower/packer/shipper operation in the United States. Lipman Family Companies have both seasonal and year-round vegetable operations in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona, Maryland, Arkansas, and California. Our vision is to be the premier provider of safe, quality produce through strategically placed farming, packing, sales and distribution networks serving major wholesale, retail and food service establishments throughout North America. An aggressive, highly experienced R&D division has been formed to support the entire business channel with innovative new products.
The qualified candidate should possess at least two years of applied experience in a closely related technical support role and two plus years of hands-on experience involving greenhouse operations, transplant production techniques. Excellent computer skills are essential. An A.A or B.S. in Horticulture or similar discipline is preferred; however, those with equivalent industry level experience may also qualify.  Training in plant pathology, entomology and genetics is desirable. Strong organizational and leadership 
skills are keys for success. Seasonal travel is required.  Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) are important. LFC offers a competitive salary, bonus and benefits package. Qualified candidates should send application and resume with references to or fax to 239-657-9764. 
R. VanVranken