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Job Opportunity: MDA Seeking Seed Analyst 2


Job Class: Environmental Analyst 2

Working Title: Seed Analyst 2


Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted: 10/24/2017
Closing Date: 11/08/2017
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)
Division/Unit: Laboratory Services Division/Plant and Seed Analysis Unit
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
Days of Work: Monday – Friday
Travel Required: Yes
Salary Range: $19.97 – $29.00/hourly; $41,697 – $60,552/annually
Classified Status: Classified
Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

This position performs routine and non-routine purity, germination and disease analyses on agricultural, vegetable, flower, turf, tree and native seeds, under general supervision. This position supports the service function of the Minnesota State Seed Laboratory and the regulatory and inspection activities of the Plant Protection Division.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Plant Science, Agricultural Science, Botany or a related field.

Two (2) years of professional level experience in seed analysis. A Master’s degree in Biology, Plant Science, Agricultural Science, Botany or a related field may substitute for one year of experience.

Certified Seed Analyst or Registered Seed Technologist certification or the ability to become certified within one year.

Knowledge in the practices and procedures of seed analysis as applied to purity and germination as well as seed taxonomy, morphology and physiology.

The ability to interpret and follow complex oral and written directions, formulas and procedures sufficient to perform routine and non-routine analyses.

Knowledge of routine and non-routine purity, germination and disease analysis on seed that can include morphological, biochemical, microbiological and serological techniques.

Strong knowledge of computer and analytical software programs.

Ability to operate equipment, evaluate equipment performance and evaluate media and quality control parameter performance in order to determine the suitability of data.

Must have a valid driver’s license and an acceptable motor vehicle record subject to review.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience or knowledge of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Knowledge of quality assurance principles, sample handling and legal chain-of-custody.

Physical Requirements

This position exists in an analytical laboratory. As such, all potential safety hazards associated with this type of environment are assumed to be present. Hazards include, but are not limited to exposure to microbiological and chemical agents, mold allergens, hot surfaces, compressed gases and mechanical hazards. Specific safety equipment or personal protective gear may be required in certain circumstances.
The person in this position must be comfortable working around these hazards and having sufficient knowledge to recognize them and prevent harm to themselves and others working around them. Sample preparation and analysis requires this position to stand at a laboratory bench and chemical fume hood and sit for long periods of time at a microscope. Data manipulation is on desk top personal computers which require extensive keyboard and mouse operation.  The ability to lift up to 50 pounds is required.  This position requires the ability to see in color and excellent vision to work with a large variety of colors, shapes and sizes of sees as well as the finger dexterity to perform analysis of seeds.

Application Details

Why Work For Us
This is an opportunity to work in a laboratory dedicated to continuous improvement as we build an accredited program. The results of what we do determine the value of seed for planting and directly impacts agriculture; from industry to private grower. This laboratory offers a challenging work environment and the opportunity for professional growth.

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

How to Apply

Click “Apply” at the bottom of this page. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.
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If you have questions about the position, contact Tina Seeland at or 651.201.6404. Connect 700 applicants, contact Tracy Ohmann or 651.201.6187



The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need.

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