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We are searching for a Lead Oat Technician to join the new team and to lead a new cereal breeding program.

The successful applicant will be proactive, innovative and excited about cereal breeding.


The role of Lead Oat Technician will work closely with the Cereal Breeder to set up and maintain the field trials and sample processing for our new grain and hay breeding program. They will work alongside our existing wheat and barley programs, and report to the Oat Breeder. The role will be based in Bibra Lake, WA, and will require travel within Australia at times.

The role involves planning, coordination and hands on work to process grain samples, manage sample inventory, perform physical quality testing, prepare seed for field trials, collect in-season data from field sites, and assist in harvest activities. The role will primarily work independently and will frequently involve the supervision of other staff members and seasonal casuals to achieve targets. The role will be predominately field and warehouse based but may also include a glasshouse component.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic individual with a love of agriculture and a passion for plants. Our ideal candidate is someone who is self-motivated, proactive, who has excellent problem-solving skills, and who can thrive under pressure to deliver targets in a tight time frame and budget.


  • Prepare seed for sowing in plot trials, including chemical applications
  • Perform in-season note taking across Australia (4-5 weeks per year)
  • Collect field hay samples with biomass cuts (1000-2000 plots)
  • Inventory management for stored hay and seed samples in a warehouse setting
  • Process harvest samples (sort, clean, test and discard)
  • Assist in other aspects of the trials program where required, including mechanised sowing and harvest
  • Technical work regarding phenomics research trials in 2021


  • Passion for Australian Agriculture
  • Experience in plant breeding or field based agricultural research highly advantageous
  • Tertiary qualifications in plant science, agriculture, or able to demonstrate a similar level of knowledge
  • High computer literacy essential, especially in Excel
  • Exceptional attention to detail, as well as planning, organization and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team, as well as demonstrated leadership experience
  • A proven ability to learn quickly on the job, and self-motivated to meet specific goals and objectives within strict deadlines
  • Experience handling and applying agricultural chemicals an advantage
  • Current manual driver’s license (heavier classes an advantage, as the successful applicant may be required to obtain at least a Medium Rigid license)
  • Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency essential


If this sounds like you and you’d like to apply, please send a covering letter addressing how you fit the above requirements along with your resume to:

HR Manager – Amanda Booth
Email: abooth@intergrain.com

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