Status: Part-Time/ Non-Exempt

Summary: The Crop Scout/Operations Intern is responsible for learning a wide variety of branch operational tasks and scout crops. Assignments include laboring beside team in all tasks to serve customers, so expect to work when the team works. This intern will inspect fields, record, and report data. Experiences will include: product loading and delivery, physical labor, crop scouting for pests and aerial application timing, workflow scheduling of applicators and equipment, application technology, exposure to meetings and operational/management issues, and hub/elevator preparation and organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Work closely with Manager, Operations Manager, and other members of Ceres Solutions agronomy team.
  • Will attend safety training for all aspects of branch activities. Obtain Ag CDL.
  • Deliver chemicals as needed.
  • Perform general crop scouting inspecting for weeds, insects, diseases, and other observations before herbicide applications.
  • Utilize technology to gather data and be able to effectively report findings to customers and location Manager. Will get exposure to how sales staff/agronomist communicate with customers regarding data and results.
  • Participate in Ceres Solutions Intern training and attend all other development opportunities offered by the Intern Coordinators.
  • Will prepare an end of season intern presentation to be presented to the intern group and leadership.
  • Must be excellent with time management and organizational skills.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The candidate will have an exceptional work ethic, a positive attitude, professionalism and be self-motivated. The candidate will be highly responsible, flexible and dedicated to deliver results in seasons of highest demand. The candidate must work well within a team and communicate clearly. The candidate must adhere to the core values of Ceres Solutions Cooperative. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Skills
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to join in, ask questions, be proactive, contribute, and communicate with employees and customers effectively.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations and be an independent problem-solver.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Valid AgCDL with required endorsements. Possession of license or immediate ability to obtain.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
The characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold and extreme heat. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Ceres Solutions is an equal opportunity employer. Prospective candidates receive consideration without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, non-job-related disability, veteran status, other protected group status, or any condition prescribed by state or local law. The company provides Job Descriptions for positions to aid in orienting candidates to potential opportunities. The description identifies basic requirements, criteria, and expectations. It also provides a basis for making reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Job descriptions are periodically revised and are not to be considered all-inclusive. This description does not cover every task or duty that might be assigned, and additional responsibilities will be added at the discretion of the Supervisor as necessary. Thank you for your interest in Ceres Solutions.