implement and plan agricultural trials following Good Experimentation Practices
(GEP) and according to protocols/study plans, procedures and official texts.
a field trials officer, you'll develop and manage research trials, monitoring
the effects of experiments on plants in the field or laboratory. You may be
involved with the entire process, or just one particular stage of the research
work closely with scientists to match their requirements with the trial site or
laboratory and will play a key role in making large-scale scientific research
results of research trials are used to inform development decisions in agriculture,
as well as to determine product safety and inform sales information. You may
need to communicate your findings in a detailed report or presentation.
· plan, prepare and organize
trials, either on-site or in the laboratory
· write research
· monitor field
conditions in close detail
· apply chemicals to
· design and develop
· undertake detailed
· balance the
demands of new experiment designs with site limitations
· gather and
accurately record data
· record and process
results, using specialist software such as ARM
· analyze, write and
· conduct discussions
with research staff
· meet with clients
and adapt their requirements to suit your work
· help undertake
demonstrations and presentations for commercial clients
· deal with a range
· ensure that work
adheres to government legislation
· work to a high
level of confidentiality and protocol
· coordinate audit
trails and accompany visiting auditors
· give specialist
advice and information to clients and colleagues.
· The job involves
mainly field work in summer and office or laboratory work in winter, although
there may be a combination of both throughout the year in some posts.
· The job is based
on enabling communication between the field and the scientist or customer, so
meetings and consultations with a range of people regularly form part of the working
legislation means that paperwork and protocol checks are a feature of the role,
particularly at higher levels. Company-level clients have their own protocols,
which also have to be adhered to.
· The role is often
physically demanding and may involve using farm machinery. Resilience,
versatility and a hands-on approach are needed to cope with any setbacks, for
example adverse weather conditions.
· Travel within the
working day is frequently needed and overnight absence from home may sometimes
be required, particularly in the summer time.
degree is typically required for entry into the career of field trials officer.
Relevant subjects which may be helpful include:
· biology or
· botany and plant
· crop science