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Field Production Summer Intern- Grundy Center, Iowa

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
May 2020-August 2020 *Start dates vary per position and can be flexible.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Support Agronomists and Field Production Technicians in field related activities as directed at the Grundy County Iowa production area
  • Capture pesticide application information to meet Worker Protection Standard safety requirements
  • Participate in accurate and timely crop scouting and data collection of emergence and vegetative growth stages, silk and pollen shed notes, stand counts, and IPM scouting thresholds
  • Perform activities related to planting, mapping, scouting, weed and insect management, rouging, detasseling, safety, training, and reporting at the site.
  • Perform a project to study a potential production improvement. Present findings to the local leadership team
  • Perform other duties as required to meet field operation or plant needs


  • Requires a High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Student must be pursuing a Bachelors or advanced degree in an applicable discipline (Major in Agronomy, Ag Economics, or General Agriculture is preferred)
  • Fluent in English
  • Must be willing to work outside in all weather conditions including seasonally hot or cold temperatures and in climate weather
  • Prior experience relating to agronomy is preferred but not required
  • Prior experience relating to Seed Production is strongly preferred but not required
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the US
Additional Knowledge, Skills, Traits & Abilities:
  • Excellent communication skills to work well with co-workers on plant tasks and in field production management with farmer growers
  • An independent individual who is self-motivating and needs little supervision
  • Excellent computer skills including proficiencies in both Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word
  • Good writing and math skills
  • Trusted - Will need to make good sound judgment calls in regards to seed quality management that will be for the best interest of the company
  • Innovative - To always look to implement new procedures or technologies to improve work efficiencies
  • Detail/Accuracy Oriented - All procedures and policies must be understood and followed. Data entry into data management systems must be accurate due to decisions being made by other departments based on the information given