Meet our team: Jason Rittman – Study Director at Staphyt Australasia

Jason Rittman is one of Staphyt Australasia’s Study Directors, joining the Peracto (now Staphyt) team in Devonport, Tasmania, in 2012 as a Technical Officer.  Over the years, Jason has grown with the company, gaining extensive experience within the agricultural research industry.  This near decade of experience brings a wealth of agronomy and applied understanding of trial management to his current role as Study Director. 

We asked Jason some questions to learn more about him.

What is your role at Staphyt? 

“Up until February 2021, I was a Technical Officer working in the field team in the Devonport office.  This included performing Field Principal Investigator responsibilities for GLP. I have now moved into a Study Director role for GLP where my role involves checking data, writing reports, project management, meeting with clients, supporting our field staff, and doing lots of investigative and analytical work.”
“Having many years of field experience I’m often called on to help the field team with any concerns they may come across.  I also play a large role in the training of new staff.”
“Being dangerous goods (freight) qualified I am also responsible for the dispatching of test items across the country.” 

Where has your study and career taken you until now?

“After graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Applied Science, I lectured and tutored on a casual basis before landing my first full-time job running Aboriginal Training Programs at TAFE Tasmania. I was with Aboriginal Training Programs for around 8 years.  I also did some consultancy work and worked on rehabilitation with Greening Australia.”
“About this time, I was looking for something different in my career and took up a job as a Funeral Director and embalmer for 5 years. “
“For the last 9 years, I have been with Peracto/Staphyt.” 

What do you love about working in agricultural science?

“Working with a great team of people brings me the most satisfaction. I love that I am constantly learning and having to find solutions to difficulties, it creates exciting challenges in my day. “
“Agricultural science is such an important industry to be working in from an environmental and humanitarian perspective, and it does bring personal satisfaction to be a part of that. “

What do you think will be the biggest challenges in your job?

“There’s a lot to learn, and the workload is large so effectively managing my time is a priority. I am focused on making sure that our field staff have all the training and resources they need to complete their trials to a high degree of quality.  I aim to ensure quality results for Staphyt clients.”

How has the business of agricultural research changed during your time in Agriculture?

“The advent of technology and its applications in data capture are an obvious one. More recently, COVID has resulted in other challenges.”

What do you like to do to relax outside of work?

“I’m very family-oriented and love spending time with my children. I love bushwalking, photography, and playing music, I also read way too many books and drink too much tea!”