Heartland Farms
907 3rd Avenue
Hancock, WI 54943

Quality Lab Technician

Reports To: Quality Lab Manager

FLSA Status: Hourly (Ag Exempt)


Role Description:

The Quality Lab Technician’s purpose is to sample, test for, compile and enter Potato Quality data at a variety of locations on and around the farm. The Quality Lab Technician will master the utilization and operation of a variety of equipment and procedures in completing these tasks.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Pulling 50 pound samples of potato product from a variety of indoor and outdoor sources (seasonally) to be tested in our Potato Quality Labs
  • Analyzing and compiling potato defects and physical characteristics for comparison against quality standards set by company policy.
  • Recording and entering potato quality data into our proprietary data warehouse, and company developed Excel Spreadsheets, quickly and accurately.
  • Communicate and work with our production managers about the current state of quality data being sampled.
  • To be able to competently perform all instructions as given by the supervisor. This includes all sampling, data compilations, and data entry operations, both in the field and in the Lab

Preferred Experience:

  • 1-2 years quality assurance or lab work is preferred, though we are willing to train.
  • Experience using computers and Microsoft Excel is a plus.

Work Schedule:

  • The Quality Lab Technician’s work schedule is highly dependent on the time of year and weather conditions. Typically, someone performing this job can expect to work 5 days per week (including some weekend hours), from 5:45 am to 2:00 or 3:00 pm in the afternoon. During periods of high demand such as Planting or Harvesting employees will be expected to work as needed, which will require a great deal of flexibility as to the hours per day/week and the times worked. 50+ hour, and 7 day weeks are not uncommon during these peak periods.

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires the ability to work on-site and in multiple locations and settings.
  • Ability to stand for a large part of their workday
  • Requires the ability to collect 50# samples of potatoes in a tub, several times during their workday.
  • Requires the ability to clearly understand verbal and written communication from others in person and by telephone.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years old.
  • Must have a valid and current operator’s license with a clean record
  • The ability to focus on and identify variations from a standard of quality.
  • The ability to work independently and collaborative throughout the day.
  • Detail oriented & goal driven


With Heartland Farms, Inc., you will work as part of a high performing agricultural organization where team members collaborate to get the job done and challenge the status quo to find a better way. We are eager to see how you will make an impact as a member of our organization.

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