Agronomist

WHO ARE WE?

Aerobotics is a South African Ag-tech company with a smart scouting platform to identify pests and diseases in tree crops. Aerobotics’ platform combines weekly satellite data, automated drone scouting, and infield scouting data to identify and track every tree on the farm. Aerobotics then uses machine learning to automatically detect pest and disease problems, and finally alerts the farmer to those locations to ground-truth the data and diagnose the specific problems. By bringing farmer validation into the loop, Aerobotics gets smarter all the time, which benefits all the farmers on the platform. The company’s web-based software platform is called Aeroview.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

An individual with energy, a burning desire to learn and a passion for technology and agriculture. The individual is also required to have strong research, decision making, critical thinking and problem solving skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Ideally, the candidate should be aware of industry trends, technology, and developments. Sales and presentation skills are also a major plus.

DAILY DUTIES:

  • You will be involved in projects which requires you to collect and label data for current and future products (this involves on-farm site visits)

  • Responsible for assisting in monitoring technical trials

  •  Study the occurrence and distribution of various pests and diseases affecting various crop types

  • Study in detail, the phenology of specific crops

  • Generate project frameworks and reports

  • Keeping detailed records regarding fields, customers, crops, and samples

  • Create content for case studies and blog posts

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Completed BSc degree in Horticulture / Agronomy / Soil Science or related field

  • Masters degree is preferred

  • Valid drivers license and willingness to travel

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

  • At least 3-5 years hands on experience in the industry

  • Broad technical knowledge of horticultural crops, products and farming practices

  •  Knowledge of agricultural and environmental management practices, irrigation practices and pest and disease control

  • Ability to use a geographical information system (GIS)

  • Advanced computer skills including spreadsheet development and maintenance using Excel and database reporting.

  • Ability to perform statistical analyses

  • Good written and oral communication skills in English and Afrikaans

  • Experience managing and prioritising multiple tasks and work both independently and as part of a team

  • Self-motivation and organisation

  • Comfortable working outdoors

  • Good interpersonal skills