Specialist, Biology - Controls in Marysville, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 4/26/2021

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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. ​

We are looking for an Biology Specialist who will join our R&D team in Marysville, OH.

This position will be based at The Scotts Miracle-Gro world headquarters in Marysville, a suburb of Columbus, OH.  Not familiar with Columbus? Visit columbusregion.com/columbus-2020/


The biology specialist plays a key role in executing product development testing for the leading brands in consumer lawn & garden care.  This role is responsible for laboratory, greenhouse and/or field testing of new or experimental products that will primarily include insecticides & rodenticides, and may include other pesticides, fertilizers, and other category solutions such growing media, lighting, and/or other gardening products.  While this position reports directly to the Controls Product Development Leader, day-to-day guidance will also extend from senior level biologists. Activities will include, but are not limited to, preparation and application of treatments, maintenance of insectary including feeding and handling of insects and experimental areas, recording observations and statistical analysis of data.    It would be beneficial if the incumbent possessed a working knowledge of experimental design and analysis. A strong scientific curiosity, excellent communication skills, initiative and independence are also essential characteristics.  The specialist will develop strong partnerships with cross-functional experts in R&D, marketing, regulatory, sourcing, and manufacturing, to foster and drive innovation.

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Prepare trial areas for laboratory, greenhouse and field experiments with moderate supervision by a senior biologist

  • Management of in-house insectary including feeding & handling of insects

  • Work with outside vendors/partners/universities to acquire test insect species as required by project demands

  • Prepare, apply and/or otherwise test developmental and commercial formulations

  • Record laboratory information from preparations and tests

  • Create design of experiments, execute trials and collect data

  • Provide recommendations for improving experimental protocols/procedures as well as identify opportunities for process improvement and efficiencies

  • Follow research and development standard operating procedures (SOPs)

  • Use of specialized data analysis software and ability to perform statistical analysis

  • Potential greenhouse and field crop production and maintenance

  • Engage with project teams to develop new ideas, influence project execution planning, report trial results, and inform product design attributes

  • May lead/mentor Biology technicians or interns

  • Ship chemicals, manage waste and chemical inventory, and support safety program

This person must also excel in:

  • Use of ARM for data input and analysis

  • Use of insect rearing techniques and insect bioassay methodology

  • Ability to perform physical tasks such as preparing samples, mulching, planting, water management, weeding, harvesting

  • Ability to effectively communicate project objectives and trial details to upper management

  • Innovative thinking, willingness to bring ideas and provide consumer perspective to projects & product development

  • Passionate problem solver, willingness to speak up and suggest process improvements, create opportunities leading to new products, publications and intellectual property (e.g. patentable innovations)

What you’ll need to be successful:

A. Education/Experience:

  • BS degree in physical science, biology, botany, agronomy or horticulture; and/or comparable skills & knowledge through industry experience in a laboratory, greenhouse or field setting 

  • Particular focus/experience in entomology

  • 1 to 3 years of related work experience

B. Skills and Abilities:

  • Attention to detail, accuracy and basic math skills  

  • Ability to follow work instructions and test protocols

  • Personal drive and ability to be a self-starter and work unsupervised   

  • Flexibility to deliver on various tasks in support of a wide range of research activity

  • Ability to lift 50lb required

  • Basic computer skills including: use of spreadsheets, word processing and email

  • Pesticide applicator’s license preferred but not required

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • A place on an engaged team of passionate colleagues in a growing and dynamic industry

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount)

  • 13 paid holidays and generous vacation policy

  • Onsite wellness center which includes: 24,000 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor’s office

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Beautiful campus and corporate offices designed like a log cabin offering free coffee, chef run cafe and the best crushed ice!

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network, and Scotts Young Professionals

Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts.  During this year’s flu season and the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring our US associates to get a flu vaccine. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns. 

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Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.


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