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Seeds Operations Intern

Location: Slater, Iowa, USA

Location: Slater, Iowa, USA

Employment Type: Internship

Job Function: Research & Development (R&D)

Job Reference: 18031870

Contract Type: Full-time

Duration: May 2022-August 2022 

Majors: Agronomy, Ag Business, Horticulture (So, Jr)

About this Job:  

We invite you to help us shape the future of agriculture. At Syngenta, we believe every employee has a role to play in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. To support that challenge, the Seeds Development team is currently seeking a Seeds Operations Intern in Slater, IA. 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. 

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 2022-August 2022 


  • Function as an integral member of a team responsible for producing, packaging, and organizing physical seed. While also supporting planting, notetaking, harvesting of Yield Trials and seed production breeding nurseries 
  • Exposure 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 
  • Support efforts to maintain integrity of seed inventory, packaging, field layout, pollinating and data collection 
  • Perform hand pollinations and aid in supervising seasonal labor during pollination 
  • Perform phenotypic evaluations prior to, during and after pollination 
  • Effectively communicate regularly with peers and supervisors regarding the status of projects and work activities 
  • Perform 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 
  • Sophomores or Junior status preferred 
  • Understand and use of modern agronomic practices 
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the US 

 Preferred Requirements: 

  • 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 

What We Offer:  
A culture that celebrates diversity & inclusion, promotes professional development, and offers flexible work options to meet both your work and personal needs  


Please click HERE to learn more and to apply online.

About Syngenta 
Syngenta is a global leader in agriculture; rooted in science and dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of our 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanity’s most pressing challenges: growing more food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace environment are enablers of our ambition to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture. Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. No matter what your position, you will have a vital role in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.   
Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. 

More positions from: Syngenta Seeds Inc. (USA)

Posted from October 13, 2021 until April 13, 2022
SeedQuest reference number: 132543

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