Summer Field Crew

Location US-IA-Des Moines
Posted Date 2 months ago(1/31/2020 2:17 PM)
Job ID
# Positions
Research & Development
Position Type
Temporary Full-Time


Position Overview

Kemin’s Specialty Crops program develops unique botanical sources of novel functional molecules for business unit product development. The Summer Field Crew team will play an important role in supporting daily field and greenhouse operations as part of the research agronomy team within Kemin Industries’ Specialty Crop Improvement (SCI) Unit. This position is considered temporary- full time employment and will work over the summer months only (apx May-September). 


We Are Kemin

We are visionaries who see things differently and are inspired by the world around us. We have been dedicated to using applied science to improve the quality of life for over half a century. Committed to feed and food safety, Kemin maintains top-of-the-line manufacturing facilities where over 500 specialty ingredients are made for humans and animals in the global feed and food industries, as well as the health, nutrition, beauty and textile markets. We provide product solutions and options to customers in more than 120 countries.


A privately held, family-owned and operated company, Kemin has more than 2,300 global employees and operates in 90 countries including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.


What you’ll be doing:

  • Conduct work in an outdoor environment between May to September annually.
  • Work primarily in Story County Iowa at the Kemin Research Agronomy Center farming operations (A New Employee Orientation session is required and is held in Des Moines, Iowa at the Kemin Industries Headquarters).
  • Perform manual labor duties as required in establishing and maintaining plants in fields, research plots and greenhouses.
  • Transplant Nursery and Breeding material using a mechanical transplanter.
  • Hand cultivate and weed fields and experimental plots
  • Use mowers and trimmers to maintain grounds.
  • Provide manual labor as needed for harvesting and sampling operations.
  • Assist in routine cleaning and maintenance of farm equipment and vehicles.

What we require of you:

  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Must have valid driving license and own transportation to Kelley Research Agronomy Center (Approximately 8 miles south of Ames, IA).
  • Must be willing to work in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to learn quickly and demonstrate strong work ethic.
  • Flexibility in hours worked and availability for some weekends.
  • Experience with farming, landscaping or outside manual labor is desired; but not essential.
  • A passion for plants and working in a field/greenhouse environment.
  • This position requires physical exertion.

The Summer Field Crew will report to the Research Agronomist Manager and/or Research Agronomist as part of the research agronomy section of SCI and will report in on Kemin’s Research Farm in Kelley, Iowa; but may work at other field research stations as well as Kemin’s main campus in Des Moines, IA.






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