Trainee Technical Specialist

  • Apprenticeship Reference: 455357775-2
  • Date Posted: 23 December 2021
  • Apprentice Employer: NIAB
  • Location: Luton, Bedfordshire
  • Apprentice Pay: £19,920 to £26,284
  • Apprenticeship Sector: Primary Industry
  • Apprenticeship Type: Permanent

About this Apprenticeship

Trainee Technical Specialist
Park Farm, Impington
Ref: SV/A1164

Are you interested in plants and agriculture?

Do you have a good eye for detail and a flexible approach to work?

Would you enjoy a varied working environment?

NIAB is currently recruiting for an enthusiastic Trainee Technical Specialist to assist with delivery of the DUS and Seed Certification programs. Work is focused on the assessment and description of plant varieties and involves sample handling, trial set-up and drilling, recording of plant characteristics and crop inspections. The role involves extensive field work, along with associated office, laboratory and glasshouse duties. Outside work takes place in all seasons and some tasks are physically demanding.

We are keen to speak with self-motivated candidates who possess strong communication skills, a proven ability to deliver as part of a team and attention to detail. Previous experience in running field trials would be highly advantageous in this role but is not necessary. Full training will be provided, including crop inspector licences. The position requires a current full UK driving licence to travel to trials and crops away from NIAB HQ in Cambridge, where access by public transport is not possible.

This is a permanent, full-time position with flexible working hours. The role is based at NIAB's new facilities at Park Farm, Impington with free parking and close access to Cambridge's cycle route and guided busway.

Starting salary will be between £19,920 - £26,284 per annum, dependent on skills, experience and qualifications.

Further details and an application form are available on our website: or from the HR Office, NIAB, 93 Lawrence Weaver Road, Cambridge CB3 0LE. Tel: . Email:

Please quote the job reference on your application.

Closing date: 21 January 2022.

Interview date: w/c 7 February 2022.

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