INDIGO RESEARCH PARTNERS – TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (OH, IN, AND IA)
Indigo is a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. With a vision of creating a world where farming is an economically desirable and accessible profession, Indigo works alongside its growers to apply natural approaches, conserve resources for future generations, and grow healthy food for all. Utilizing beneficial plant microbes to improve crop health and productivity, Indigo’s portfolio is focused on cotton, wheat, barley, corn, soybeans, and rice. The company, founded by Flagship Pioneering, is headquartered in Boston, MA, with additional offices in Memphis, TN, Research Triangle Park, NC, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and São Paulo, Brazil. www.indigoag.com
Indigo Research Partners (IRP) is the world’s largest agriculture lab focused on finding innovative technologies and products that add value to the farm. IRP was created was created to enable an entirely new method of agricultural R&D. This approach eliminates the “one size fits all” model associated with traditional small plot field trials and evaluates cutting edge technologies on commercial scale conditions in partnership with influential growers across the world. The platform is designed to generate data relevant to a specific farm or field and lead to actionable insights for growers. Indigo Research Partners’ goal is to accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies that optimize on-farm decision making and ultimately improve grower profitability. https://www.indigoag.com/for-growers/indigo-research-partners
The role of IRP Technology Research Associate (TRA) is to deliver a great and seamless experience for Indigo Partners growers. TRAs will work directly with forward-thinking growers that have planted Indigo products and are testing innovative technologies on their farm to determine the value they may bring. They will assist in the deployment and maintenance of all technologies ranging from commercial ready to beta products being vetted by Indigo. Support local teams in assigned territory (Iowa, Indiana, & Ohio) to maintain deployment and data collection timelines set forth by leadership. Activities will include crop monitoring, data capture, flying drones, soil mapping/sampling and others as necessary. TRAs will be the go-to person in your assigned region for technology field concerns and perform any task to delight Indigo Partners growers with world-class services. These efforts will enable grower success by maximizing farm profitability, productivity, and sustainability.
• Assist Indigo personnel and growers to best utilize the technology being tested to solve day to day issues and fulfill our end of season objectives.
• Coordinate with team members to receive instruction on what ground truthing protocol should be used in data collection.
• Provide technical support to IRP staff in the area of Precision Ag systems including but not limited to; administrative, technical, and troubleshooting.
• Capture high quality aerial imagery data on a regular cadence and follow company standard operating procedures to ensure safety and efficient data capture.
• Execute on protocols assigned and collect data at given number of Indigo Research Partners locations, paying close attention to data quality. Manage logistics to gather accurate data in the most efficient manner.
• Solve emerging problems in field pertaining to protocol execution due to equipment, logistics, weather, or safety.
• Build and sustain positive relationships with IRP growers by assisting team members to deliver on commitments to growers.
• Provide each grower with the highest quality customer experience through embodying a solution-oriented mindset.
• Provide timely feedback on how to improve and further develop company standards and operating procedures; assist in developing standard operating procedures for technology pilots with sensor managers
• Complete bi-annual onsite audit of all technology
Attributes and Competencies:
• Willingness and desire to work outside and scout fields.
• Thorough understanding of standard operating procedures, safety precautions, and FAA rules and regulations (where applicable).
• Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
• Team player and collaborates effectively with team members.
• Strong attention to detail with solid organizational and prioritization skills.
• Passionately devoted to improving farmer profitability, consumer health, and the environmental sustainability of our food system.
• Comprehensive understanding or desire to learn agronomy and row crop production practices.
• Ability to shift priorities based on daily needs.
• Flexibility and availability to travel 75% - 80%.
• Valid driver’s license.
• Farming background or a strong knowledge of farming; experience in data collection.
• Ideal candidate has a bachelor’s degree in science or technology.
• Prefer minimum of 0-5 years of professional experience.
• FAA Part 107 License Preferred
• Ability to lift 50 lbs.