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Seed Operations Intern - Slater, IA

Requisition Number: 18013351
Seed Operations Intern - Slater, IA

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
The purpose of this role is to introduce the intern to Trialing and Seed Production Operations. Gain experience by taking responsibility of selected field production operations in support of producing a supply of high quality seed and data. The intern will take on several roles based upon seed production practices and yield trial data.
May 2020-August 2020
Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 
  • Functioning as an integral member of a team responsible for producing, packaging, and organizing physical seed. While also supporting planting, note taking, harvesting of Yield Trials and seed production breeding nurseries
  • Provide the intern the opportunity of being exposed to Operation and Trialing activities, allowing them to apply academic background and assist in the department activities from nursery trial design, preparation, maintenance, harvesting, lab tasks, and data analysis
  • Supporting efforts to maintain integrity of seed inventory, packaging, field layout, pollinating and data collection
  • Perform hand pollination and aid in supervising seasonal labor during pollination
  • Performing phenotype evaluations prior to, during and after pollination
  • Effectively communicating regularly with peers and supervisors regarding the status of projects and work activities
  • Performing all tasks and behaving in a manner compliant with and in support of all safety and stewardship related company policies and practices, including completing all required company training courses


 Education & Experience:
  • Requires a High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Must be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy, Horticulture, Ag Business, or another closely related agricultural field of study
  • Understand and use of modern agronomic practices
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the US
Additional Knowledge, Skills, Traits & Abilities: 
  • Capable of working in high or low temperature conditions in field or greenhouse
  • Capable of lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Capable of working long hours during time-critical periods of the growing season
  • Ability to use MS Office, especially Word, Excel, Power Point and other standard office software
  • Innovative - To always look to implement new procedures or technologies to improve work efficiencies
  • 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

Work Level: XZ
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