Scientist, Biology in Apopka, FL at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 2/5/2020

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    Apopka, FL
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Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

The successful candidate will become a full time member of Scotts’ Biotech team.  The objectives for the Biotech program are to 1) develop novel and value-added turfgrass varieties and blends, 2) develop data to support claims around these products, 3) understand and develop programs to ensure success to the consumer when using these grasses, and 4) work closely with cooperators to produce these products effectively and economically.  The successful candidate will be working in a hands-on environment within a multi-functional team and should have strong communication skills.

Typical project assignments may include:

  • Prepare, establish, maintain and evaluate turfgrass field trials
  • Measure the effects of biotic and abiotic stresses and management on turf performance using technology and visual methods.
  • Collect, record, analyze, interpret, and present experimental data
  • Facilitate cooperative research projects with universities that may require travel
  • Collaborate with internal and external resources
  • May have to work occasional weekends in the greenhouse or field


  • MS degree in Turfgrass Science Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Science, or relater field required
  • PhD in Turfgrass Science, Plant Breeding, or related field preferred


  • Experience with turfgrass field plot trial work
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative field plot evaluations
  • Familiarity with field plot design and statistical analysis
  • Turfgrass breeding and development experience a plus
  • Familiarity with molecular breeding methods
  • Familiarity with warm season grass biology, maintenance, and production systems
  • Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication


  • Familiar with turfgrass and weed species and identifying characteristics
  • Familiar with landscape tools, turf maintenance equipment, turf maintenance chemistries, and irrigation operation
  • Familiarity with agronomic practices and seed production

Important attributes:

  • Upbeat and positive attitude
  • Strong work ethic
  • Willing to “push up sleeves and jump in” to be a team player
  • Extremely organized
  • Able to develop collaborative relationships with internal and external partners
  • Ethical
  • Desire to learn
  • Public speaking
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs

Location:  Apopka, Florida

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