Field Station Development Representative

Department:  Research and Development
Date:  Jan 6, 2022

FMC Corporation is a global agricultural sciences company dedicated to helping growers produce food, feed, fiber and fuel for an expanding world population while adapting to a changing environment. FMC's innovative crop protection solutions – including biologicals, crop nutrition, digital and precision agriculture – enable growers, crop advisers and turf and pest management professionals to address their toughest challenges economically while protecting the environment. With approximately 6,400 employees at more than 100 sites worldwide, FMC is committed to discovering new herbicide, insecticide and fungicide active ingredients, product formulations and pioneering technologies that are consistently better for the planet.

FMC is a globally diverse organization that offers its employees exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects that are important to the achievement of our strategic objectives.  With a corporate culture of innovation, integrity, responsibility and customer intimacy, we foster “The Right Chemistry” in everything we do. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets. If you are ready to make a difference every day, FMC is ready to talk to you.  Visit FMC to learn more and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter

The Field Station Development Representative (FSDR) manages and implements a field-testing program primarily at an FMC research farm located in Rochelle, IL. The Field Station Development Representative is actively involved in a broad range of work activities, spanning early-stage lead optimization and venture qualification research, commercial product development, sales support demonstrations, and providing technical information for commercial products. This position reports to the US Field Development Manager.



  • Conduct high quality in-house field tests for insecticide, fungicide, herbicides, and biologicals
  • Responsible for planning, planting, managing, harvesting, and processing research plots per project protocol
  • Plan space allocations between Discovery, Product Development, and Technical Service and works with Field Station Development Representative counterpart in programming for all crop-related research actives
  • Partner with the other Field Station Development Representative for responsibility regarding fiscal budget development and expenditures
  • Develop action plans and budgets that meet technical and operational objectives while managing time and priorities in an independent work environment
  • Meet with Field Station Development Representative counterpart  to discuss, plan, and coordinate on-going or proposed projects in order to define tasks, personnel, equipment and supplies needed, scheduling, and methodology to avoid conflicts and resolve problems; recommends changes or modifications or experiments to save time, money and effort
  • Supervise crew of interns and contractors that assist with the operation of the farm and field research
  • Conduct monthly safety inspections of facilities and equipment and ensuring adherence to FMC safety standards at all time at the research station
  • Purchases supplies, equipment, tools and repairs; sees that crops are cared for on a scheduled basis.
  • Assists Field Development Representatives in the acquisition and shipment of inputs (e.g., spray bottles, seed) when requested
  • Partner with the other Field Station Development Representative for responsibility regarding crop production and sale of 18 acres of commercially grown corn and soybean
  • Assist with the oversite of facility maintenance (offices, shop, lab, and grounds)
  • Ensure that all activities meet local, state, and Federal regulations and laws, including safe storage, shipping, handling, and application of EPA-approved and experimental agricultural products
  • Work hand-in-hand with Technical Service group to ensure that TSMs are well educated regarding development projects and prepared to superbly execute technical strategies for support of product launch and assist with plot tours at the farm for internal and external audiences
  • Represent FMC at industry events such as media summits, trade shows, and regional and national scientific gatherings
  • Maintain strong technical knowledge of commercial, new chemistries, and other technology impacting the business
  • Help identify and recruit potential new employees for sales, technical service, and product development positions
  • Help identify and recruit potential interns for the field station
  • Help train and mentor new employees
  • Provide input and participate with marketing, sales, and tech service as needed on market intelligence and business opportunities in local territory
  • Willing to travel overnight for planning and summary meetings


Required Education

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Entomology, Plant Physiology, Weed Science, Plant Science, Agronomy, or other agricultural/related science strongly preferred
  • B.S. candidates with extensive (5+ years) experience in field research will be considered



  • Prior experience in research farming or in general farm management with basic knowledge of a farming operation including cultural practices around ground preparation, equipment setup, cultivating, irrigation, planting, spraying, and fertilizing the crops grown at the station.
  • Competency working with specialty crops (e.g., leafy and fruiting vegetables)
  • Working knowledge of disease, insect, and weed biology and appropriate field-testing procedures and an ability to make biological evaluations
  • Knowledge of agricultural cropping systems, pests, practices, and products and basic farm machinery operation and maintenance skills
  • Experience in field plot technique and statistical analysis of data
  • State pesticide application license required
  • Strong organizational and attention to detail skills
  • Ability to get results by delivering on commitments and implementing plans and programs
  • Excellent computer skills (proficient in Microsoft Office applications)
  • Ability to speak, read, and write in English
  • Ability to manage time and priorities in an independent work environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a focus on teamwork and collaborative cooperation
  • Ability to communicate to a wide variety of internal and external audiences in a way that promotes understanding and builds relationships
  • Commitment to safe driving practices, chemical handling, and use of equipment
  • Commitment to continually increase breadth and level of scientific knowledge within key agricultural/biological science disciplines
  • Ability to work outside in hot and cold conditions
  • Ability to carry a 50 lb. backpack sprayer on uneven ground
  • Ability to work seasonal weekend and/or evening hours in conjunction with farming activities


At FMC, diversity and inclusion are in our DNA. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to creating an inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive – regardless of race, gender, sex, pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, color, age, religion or religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. FMC also supports employee participation in company employee resource groups that celebrate the diverse backgrounds of our workforce by providing communities for employees to connect with each other and raise awareness throughout FMC. FMC complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact our Talent Acquisition department