R&D Technician lll

  • Location: US - Watsonville, California
  • Job Family: Research & Development
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0004711
  • Experience Years: 0-3 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Regular

About the Opportunity

This position will support the Technical Grower in performing numerous tasks related to growing substrate crops (Irrigation management, lysimeter tracking, fertilizer mixing, material ordering, monitoring overall plant health, etc.)


  • Walk test plots regularly to scout for crop issues and coordinate with the Technical Grower and Supervisors to implement pest control, irrigation and plant nutrition.
  • Make daily irrigation adjustments based on lysimeter data and with guidance of Technical Grower.
  • Monitor and assist in checking overall plant health.
  • Check irrigation lines and plants multiple times a day to ensure proper irrigation.
  • Monitor and maintain lysimeter stations. Log data and email daily.
  • Ensure injection system and computer are in working order.
  • Monitor fertilizer and acid tanks levels.
  • Accurately mix fertilizers and maintain nutrient inventory.
  • Routinely clean filters for irrigation systems.
  • Schedule and coordinate the maintenance of ranch as needed.
  • Assist the Research Associate with oversight and execution during special project design, installation, and daily/weekly management of such projects.
  • Maintains a safe and professional work environment by complying with all Driscoll’s policies and trainings in pesticide application, irrigation, safety, etc.
  • Ensures the security of all Driscoll’s proprietary and confidential information.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, related to agricultural operations.

Candidate Profile


  • Must be comfortable working with vendors and ordering fertilizers, pesticides etc.
  • Must be able to work in a field setting that requires being in a standing position for an extended period with frequent bending.
  • Ability to work well with supervisors and employees at a ranch level.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Must be punctual and arrive to work at the scheduled hour.
  • Ability to work weekends consistently.
  • Adheres to company values and mission.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Must have valid driver license.

Preferred Qualifications & Leadership Competencies

  • Plant health and growing experience preferred.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred but not required.
  • California driver’s license and the ability to be covered under company-sponsored vehicle insurance program.
  • A valid passport and the ability to travel internationally without restrictions.
  • Strategic Mindset: Looks toward the future and designs a way to get there.
  • Cultivates Innovation: Finds, champions, and implements innovations; large or small.
  • Plans & Aligns: Establishes priorities and desired outcomes, and creates plans to achieve them.
  • Drives Results: Pursues everything with energy, resourcefulness, and the need to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Collaborates: Works with a variety of colleagues, inside and/or outside of Driscoll’s, seeking win-wins solutions.
  • Drives Engagement: Creates a motivating work environment and empowers others.
  • Develops Talent: Actively seeks opportunities to develop one’s self and others.
  • Courage: Tackles difficult issues timely with optimism and transparency.

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.

Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.