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Seasonal Field Technician

Seasonal Field Technician

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Job Description

If you live safety always and have a strong desire to build a better tomorrow then look to the company who helps feed the world.


Cultivating Excellence is Crop Production Service's culture of ownership and joint accountability. At its heart, Cultivating Excellence is about achieving superior results with integrity together while connecting and collaborating across the entire organization.


While we have great people, it is not just about that; it’s the ability to lead your own engagement.  It’s the opportunity to grow and develop your career in ways you never envisioned while teaming up with people with a passion to make a difference in the world.


Who You Will Work With


You will work daily beside teams of people who care about your safety on the job and at home. Together, you will have a Commitment to Zero and follow our 3 Safety Principles: Do It safely or not at all, There is always time to do it safely, and Care for each other’s health, safety and security.


Your team will bring out the best in you by enabling you to achieve goals and reach your full potential.  You will find innovative ways to deliver on our vision of feeding the world responsibly while working side by side in an inclusive culture.


Seasonal Field Technician - Saskatoon, SK

Job Summary

As a seasonal member of our Research, Development and Innovation team, you will learn how new crop varieties are developed in Western Canada and gain experience in agronomy and crop breeding as you assist with the field evaluation of experimental varieties and breeding materials. You will also gain practical experience working with farm machinery and driving a truck and trailer. CPS offers a competitive salary with paid overtime. Multiple positions are available for four month summer (May-August), six month (May-October) and eight month (March-October) contracts. There is a possibility to extend contracts depending on business needs.

Full Job Description

Located within Innovation Place in Saskatoon, SK and reporting to the plant breeding technicians, you will be involved with the establishment, maintenance and harvest of nursery rows and tented seed production.

You will be responsible for the following:

  • Field seed bed preparations and flagging of sites
  • Seed cleaning, seed treatment and set-up of seeding envelopes
  • Seeding of small plot field trials and nurseries
  • Establishing and maintaining tented seed production nurseries
  • Set up and operation of irrigation equipment
  • Operating small plot field equipment such as tractors, seeders, sprayers and tillage tools
  • Driving a truck and trailer to move equipment between sites
  • Taking accurate and precise agronomic notes
  • Operating a small plot combine or swather
  • Harvest of selfing bags and tented seed production
  • Fall land preparation, including application of herbicides and fertilizer
  • Equipment calibration and maintenance
  • Assisting technicians, agronomists and plant breeders with other duties as required
  • Some travel may be requiredSkills/Experience


  • Punctual, reliable and able to work outdoors
  • A high level of attention to detail resulting in consistent outcomes
  • Proven problem solving and critical thinking abilities in team and individual settings
  • Exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills
  • A valid Class 5 driver’s license



  • Small plot field trial experience and/or agricultural or farm experience is an asset but not required
  • Mechanical aptitude with farm machinery is an asset but not required
  • Currently enrolled in or finished an undergraduate degree program in Agriculture or a related natural science


Salary Grade – FOP1


Why Crop Production Services?


Winning together; our culture coupled with great people, who deliver results with integrity, is what sets Crop Production Services apart from other career opportunities. We’re dedicated to winning together and that is what consistently makes Crop Production Services an award winning company. We are listed as one of the best places to work both in Canada and the U.S.


Crop Production Services, an Agrium company, is committed to building an inclusive workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities and veterans.We believe our diverse and inclusive workforce helps us communicate effectively and adds to our business success. This is just one of the reasons Agrium has been honored as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for the past eight years.  Additionally, our Employee Resource Groups – the Women's Inclusion Network and the Young Professionals Network, create awareness and opportunity for constructive action and dialogue.  


Those passionate about this challenging opportunity please apply in confidence directly at  While we appreciate all applications we receive, we advise that only applicants under consideration will be contacted.