FARMCOOP Needs Research Assistant, Horticulturist

The Foundation for Agrarian Reform Cooperatives in Mindanao (FARMCOOP) is a non-government organization formed in 1995 by agrarian reform beneficiary associations, banana plantation cooperatives and development-oriented individuals. It is the leading service provider to more than 20 partner-cooperatives and farmer associations in Mindanao and a social enterprise pursuing organic agriculture in the fruit industry.

FARMCOOP is seeking qualified applicants to apply for the following posts.

Research Assistant

Reports to: Soil Scientist
Department: Research and Development

Area of Assignment: to be based in Davao City with travels to surrounding provinces

Qualifications:

  • Preferably a graduate of a bachelor’s degree in agriculture – soils major, horticulture, agronomy, crop science, biochemistry, and other related courses preferably from UP Los Baños, Mindanao State University, and Central Mindanao University
  • At least 2 years experience in preparation of research outline and the conduct of experiments in the field
  • Computer literate with excellent data management skills
  • Able to communicate in Cebuano/Bisaya and Filipino
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English
  • Willingness to be based in Davao City and to travel to surrounding provinces

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Works closely with the chief soil scientist
  • Designs field experiments and conduct them in the field
  • Gathers experimental data
  • Analyzes data statistically, interpret results and write technical report

Horticulturist

Qualifications

  • Preferably a graduate of a bachelor’s degree in horticulture or agronomy, crop science, biochemistry, and other related courses preferably from UP Los Baños, Mindanao State University, and Central Mindanao University
  • At least 3 years of working experience in nursery and farm management, vegetable production, and supervisory work
  • Knowledge of organic farming systems, as optional
  • Able to conduct data collection, analysis and write technical reports
  • Computer literate with excellent data management skills
  • Able to communicate in Cebuano and Filipino
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English

Responsibilities and Duties

  • In-charge to develop and operate a vegetable farm located in Davao
  • Manages the day-today operation of an organic vegetable commercial farm
  • Determines the best methods of planting, cultivating, storing and post-harvest management
  • Provides work direction to laborers in the production, care and maintenance, harvesting and logistics of the vegetable farm
  • Recommends materials and equipment needed for efficient operation of the farm

Submission of Application:

Applications will be received until August 12, 2011 or until a suitable candidate is found. Please submit your application via email to

Email Address: karinavinluan@gmail.com.

Please indicate the position title in the e-mail subject line.