Earnest Agriculture Lab Technician (Summer 2024) Rantoul, IL · Full time

As a Lab Technician at Earnest Agriculture, you will play a pivotal role in supporting our Chief Science Officer (CSO) in pioneering research aimed at enhancing crop yields and promoting sustainable agriculture. Your responsibilities will include conducting research, performing laboratory experiments, and assisting in the development of probiotic consortia that protect crops against disease, insects, and weeds while promoting soil health, nutrient utilization, and drought tolerance. Your meticulous attention to detail and commitment to safety are crucial, as is your flexibility to engage in various agricultural tasks when required. Join our dynamic startup and contribute to the agricultural revolution that's shaping the future of farming.


Earnest Agriculture is an innovative agriculture biotech startup specializing in the development of probiotic consortia to enhance crop yields and promote sustainable agriculture. We are seeking a motivated and dedicated Lab Technician to support our Chief Science Officer (CSO) in conducting groundbreaking research to revolutionize the agricultural industry.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research or assist in the conduct of research, including the isolation of soil and plant-associated bacteria.
  • Conduct plant-based pathogen trials and measure the impacts of biological control organisms on plant performance.
  • Clean, maintain, and prepare supplies and work areas.
  • Keep detailed logs of all work-related activities.
  • Input data into databases.
  • Isolate, identify, and prepare specimens for examination.
  • Monitor and observe experiments, recording production and test data for evaluation by research personnel.
  • Provide technical support and services for scientists and engineers working in fields such as agriculture, environmental science, and resource management.
  • Measure or weigh compounds and solutions for use in testing.
  • Conduct standardized biological, microbiological, or biochemical tests and laboratory analyses to evaluate the quantity or quality of physical or chemical substances in food or other products.
  • This role may require responsibility flexibility, including planting crops, harvesting crops, and picking weeds, as the success of the startup's objectives is critical.


  • Education: A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is required. Candidates with relevant coursework or an associate's degree in a related field (e.g., biology, microbiology, environmental science) are preferred.
  • Basic Laboratory Skills: Some experience or familiarity with laboratory techniques, including aseptic technique and handling laboratory equipment, is beneficial.
  • Attention to Detail: A high level of accuracy and precision in conducting experiments and maintaining records is essential.
  • Commitment to Safety: Prioritize safety protocols and maintain a safe working environment within the laboratory and field.
  • Passion for Agriculture: An appreciation for plants and a keen interest in sustainable agriculture practices is a plus.
  • Flexibility: Be willing to participate in various agricultural activities, such as planting, harvesting, and weeding, as the success of the startup's objectives may require.
  • Availability: Full-time or part-time availability during business hours, with a willingness to work an open schedule, if applicable.
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency in basic computer applications for data entry and record-keeping.
  • Communication: Strong verbal and written communication skills are important for collaboration with the research team.
  • Team Player: Ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic startup environment, supporting the CSO and contributing to the team's objectives.
  • Strong Work Ethic: Demonstrate a strong work ethic, reliability, and a proactive attitude toward learning and problem-solving.
  • Adaptability: Willingness to work in a non-state-of-the-art laboratory facility typical of a startup environment.


While prior experience is beneficial, Earnest Agriculture is open to considering candidates with the drive and willingness to learn. If you meet these requirements and are excited about the prospect of advancing agricultural technology and sustainability, we encourage you to apply for this Lab Technician position.


  • Internship: May 13th to Aug 16th (Flexible Start and End)
  • Full-Time: Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM CST.

Facility Information:

Facility is located at 505 E Condit Drive, Rantoul, IL 61866.

If you are passionate about agriculture, possess the necessary skills, and are excited to be part of a cutting-edge biotech startup dedicated to sustainable farming practices, we encourage you to apply for this Lab Technician position at Earnest Agriculture.


Eddy Mejia, CEO (https://linkedin.com/in/eddyamejia)

Gabe Price, CSO (https://linkedin.com/in/gabe-price-0a628490)

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Spring 2024: Ends May 10th

Fall 2024: Starts Aug 26th


$1,000 - $1,500 per month