Plans, coordinates, and conducts seed tests for government agency, commercial forest industry, non-profit, and private landowner clients to determine the quality of seed for reforestation (includes trees, shrubs, and native plants).
Tests conducted include germination with and without prechill, purity, moisture content, seeds per pound, x-ray analysis, tetrazolium, and excised embryo.
Enters and analyzes data and prepares complete and comprehensive seed quality reports. Makes recommendations to clients to improve seed quality.
Manages the laboratories Quality Management System. Develops standard operating procedures, forms, and other tools according to established standards.
Responsible for maintaining the laboratory?s Safety and Health Plan.
Maintains accurate inventory of chemicals and pesticides, manages storage and disposal according to state regulations.
Makes recommendations and takes steps to ensure that the laboratory complies with mandates of regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Plans and organizes pilot projects to find better ways to analyze seed or to improve seed management procedures.
Represents the Forest Service and laboratory at various meetings/conferences/workshops or on committees and presents seed related information.
Incumbent provides training, writes publications, and delivers professional presentations to communicate seed technologies to clients.
Performs as a supervisor.
Occasional travel – Overnight lodging may be required for meetings, trainings and workshops.