Aug 2018

Research Program Assistant

The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (SWDC) is a producer-led organization established by the Saskatchewan government in June 2013 to build a platform for growth in the province’s wheat industry.  Its mandate is to enhance wheat producers’ competitiveness and profitability through research, market development and communication activities.

The Research Program Assistant reports to the Research Program Manager and is responsible for providing administrative support related to the research funding activities of the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (SWDC). This is a full-time, salaried position (37.5 hours per week); some travel may be required.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • degree in agriculture or related science program, with a strong agricultural science background
  • knowledge of crop-based agriculture in western Canada
  • knowledge of agricultural research institutions and programs an asset
  • familiarity with legal contracts
  • strong verbal and written communication skills
  • excellence in planning, organization and project tracking / management
  • strong analytical capability
  • attention to detail
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • willingness to demonstrate leadership and initiative
  • dedication to a strong and consistent work effort
  • competent with computer office software programming and Access database

Education and Work Experience:

The knowledge and skills required for the position will most likely have been obtained through a Bachelor’s degree (and preferably a Master’s degree) in agriculture or science with significant knowledge of crop based agriculture in western Canada and at least two years’ work experience in agriculture research administration or research program management.

Please submit your resume by Friday, August 31, 2018 to:

Deb Rousson, Office Administrator, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission


Thank you for your interest in the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please CLICK HERE for a PDF copy of the job description.

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