Process Technician

About Heliae Development, LLC


Heliae Development, LLC is a food and agricultural company located just outside of Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Heliae is focused on researching and developing microalgae for commercial scale production of products and solutions that can have world changing impacts on some of the most important challenges facing us today. Heliae® Agriculture, a division of Heliae Development LLC, provides innovative microalgal products to the agricultural community. Dedicated experts in the soil and crop science fields, Heliae® Agriculture is focused on delivering regenerative agriculture solutions with its PhycoTerra® product portfolio. Find out more information about how Heliae is having a global impact at


Job Description: Process Technician




The Process Technician will work closely with the production team to understand the run plans and execute while complying with all Heliae’s safety standards. This is an excellent opportunity to grow with a regenerative agriculture company as we scale up our production over the next few years. Heliae offers a competitive total rewards package including annual bonus, generous paid time off, and offers a comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees that includes generous health, and retirement. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to grow with an innovative company.


Initial Key Responsibilities:


  • Monitor plant control systems and adjust as needed.
  • Weigh chemicals and transfer algae for bioreactor inoculations.
  • Take samples from bioreactors and utilize laboratory equipment for required tests.
  • Monitor bioreactor parameters to maintain optimal conditions for algae growth.
  • Initiate bioreactor harvest and adjust downstream processing equipment parameters to optimize recovery.
  • Complete all steps listed in master batch records to produce the final Ag products, including temperature monitoring, testing, and addition of required chemicals.
  • Bottle, package and prepare pallets and totes of product for shipment.
  • Fulfill sales orders by prepping and staging product for shipment to customers.
  • Utilize a forklift to load outgoing product shipments and unload raw materials.
  • Assist in maintaining inventory of chemical, raw materials, and packaging supplies.
  • Follow SOP for wastewater monitoring, testing and discharge.
  • Troubleshoot equipment problems and assist with needed repairs.
  • Maintain and promote a safe work environment.
  • Ensure the worksite is clean, organized and is “24-hour Tour Ready”.
  • Performing other duties as needed or directed by supervisor.


Preferred Competencies


  • Basic understanding of plant processes.
  • Ability to read and follow procedural documents.
  • Willingness to work weekends and early mornings.
  • The ability to operate:
    • Computer
    • Office equipment
  • The ability to:
    • Walk a construction site.
    • Stand for extended periods of time (2 hours at a time, 8 hours per day).
    • Occasionally (0-33%) lift or carry up to 50 lbs.
    • Frequently (34%-66%) perform fine manipulations with hands and fingers.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office including Word, Outlook and Excel.
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently.
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills.
  • Teamwork orientated.
  • Adaptable and flexible.
  • Efficiency and effectivity.


Preferred Skills and Experience:


  • Previous experience in wastewater treatment plant or agricultural environment highly preferred.
  • Background in Construction, Manufacturing or Chemistry/Biology.
  • Ability to operate a forklift.
  • Basic awareness of safety practices, including equipment and materials used.


Heliae is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

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