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Field Operations Internship

PowerPollenSM, an Ag Biotech leader developing advanced yield enhancement technology, has career opportunities for people who want to work with a team small enough that you can personally make a difference, yet large enough to have unique worldwide growth opportunities. We are seeking qualified candidates for our:

Field Operations Internship Program

As a field operations intern for PowerPollenSM, your primary responsibility will be to assist in several aspects of our technology for the 2020 corn seed production season. Other responsibilities are as follows:
  • Follow safety protocols and positively encourage other team members to do the same
  • Assist with development, implementation, execution, and improvement of experimental protocols
  • Participate in experiment setup and ensure experimental methods are followed
  • Organize field layout with tags and execute data collection
  • Logistics planning and support in seed production rescue opportunities

Greenhouse/Growth Chamber:
  • Provide support for greenhouse/growth chamber experiments as needed. This may include developing, refining and following protocols, care of plant material, sample collection, data collection and analysis, etc.
  • Provide support for laboratory experiments, activities, and processes as needed. This may include developing, refining and following protocols, care of plant material, sample collection, data collection and analysis, etc. 
  • Utilize best practice laboratory skills
  • Keep detailed record of activities and produce reports and data summaries
  • Driving company owned and leased vehicles safely, potentially assigned to tow/haul
  • Ability and willingness to cross-train for other jobs within the organization as needed
  • This role requires confidentiality and extreme protection of PowerPollenSM critical and proprietary assets
  • 2 or more years college level academics preferably agriculture or biology related
  • Capable and interested in working in a fast-paced environment that includes field, warehouse and lab conditions: summer heat and humidity, corn field conditions including insect exposure, uneven terrains, narrow and sight limited workspaces with active agricultural equipment in operation   
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record – all candidates driving records will be checked
  • Willing to travel across the Midwest as needed
  • Willing to work long days as needed during peak season
  • Familiar with computer/PC/laptop operations
  • Ability to walk, stand or sit for prolonged periods
  • Ability to drive field vehicle for prolonged periods
  • Understand the seasonality of agricultural systems and the in-season time commitment
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Academic exposure in an agriculture related field will aid in understanding processes and procedures
  • Experience operating off-road vehicles beneficial
  • Prior farm, field or agricultural work a plus
Candidate must have:
Our perfect candidate must have a positive and driven attitude with a strong ability to problem solve. We are seeking an individual that is highly organized and willing to adapt to changing work conditions and needs. They need to be capable of seeing a barrier or issue as an opportunity to overcome a challenge. Self-motivation and an ability to work independently or as a collaborator on highly effective teams is a must.