Seed Production Research Intern

Seeds Production Research Intern- Washington, IA
About Syngenta
Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.
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 2019-August 2019
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 corn 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, 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
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, or working outdoors is preferred but not required
Confidence- Not afraid to ask bold questions and be curious
Eagerness to learn and grow in the role
Work Level: XZ
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.
Syngenta Contact Information:
If you need assistance during the application process, please contact the Service Desk at sta_support.northamerica@syngenta.com
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