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Seeds Production Research Summer Intern- Glenn, California

About this Job:
 
As an intern at Syngenta, you have the opportunity to work alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry, and work on real projects finding real solutions. Work with us and you’ll get:
  • Competitive wages
  • Ongoing career development resources
  • The opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects
  • Meaningful projects that solve problems
Duration:
 
May 2020-August 2020 *Start dates vary per position and can be flexible.
 
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
 
  • Provide the intern the opportunity of being exposed to the Seed Parent Characterization activities, allowing him/her to apply academic background and assist in the department activities from trial design, preparation, maintenance, harvesting, lab tasks, and data analysis
  • Allow the intern to develop a good understanding about new sunflower hybrid development, and parent characterization activities, by taking a lead role for one of the Seed Parent Characterization’s projects
  • Strengthen new product advancements through the assessment of important traits for seeds production at early breeding stages
  • Take the lead on the project management and execution according to the assigned project. Assure that field activities (planting, plot maintenance, bird netting, and harvest) for research plots are executed. This includes routine site/farm maintenance activities such as planting plots, applying treatments, collecting observations and in-season data, and maintaining the plots throughout the growing season. Fall activities include harvest stand counts and actual plot harvest
  • Support other Seed Parent Characterization, as well as agronomic trial activities at the home site
  • Develop and maintain two-way communication with project managers, Seed Production Research (SPR) Scientists, Agronomists and Parent Seed colleagues at the home site. Additionally, look for communicating with people from different areas, from breeding all the way to commercial seeds production, aiming to gain a good understanding of the whole chain
  • Assist with managing and developing part time workers
  • Analyze data and prepare a research report and presentation for the assigned project
  • Lead daily routine equipment maintenance and preparation to ensure maximum precision in all treatment applications
  • Make sure all activities are developed according to the Company safety procedures and recommendations, and promote environmentally sustainable solutions
 


Qualifications

 Qualifications:
 
  • Requires a High School diploma or equivalent
  • Must be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy, Biology, Ag Business, or another closely related field of study
  • Must have a valid Driver's License
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the US
 
Additional Knowledge, Skills, Traits & Abilities:
 
  • Communication-The ability to communicate information well (both written and spoken) is highly desired
  • Detail Oriented-All procedures and policies must be understood and followed
  • Autonomous-An independent individual who is self-motivating and needs little supervision
  • Previous internship and/or co-op experience related to Agriculture is preferred but not required
  • Familiarity with working on a farm, working with crops, irrigated crops, sunflowers or working outdoors is preferred but not required.
  • The intern will be working in sunflower research plots and willingness to work in areas where bee hives are present for pollination purpose.
  • Confidence- Not afraid to ask bold questions and be curious
  • Eagerness to learn and grow in the role