Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont has an exciting opportunity for a Field & Plant Production Technician to join our company at the St. Joseph, IL commercial corn production facility. At our St. Joseph facility, we value teamwork and safety. Our team is like a family and whoever joins us can be sure that they will be welcomed into a group of individuals who work together, are fair and equitable, and support each other! We are in a fantastic location, within 10 minutes of a university town and within commutable distance of urban metropolises, while also offering the charm and benefits of a small-town atmosphere.
Utilize your leadership skills in this role by overseeing seasonal temporary workers in plant and field operations tasks and processes. In this role, you will provide expertise to monitor operational areas, act as a troubleshooter, and work with others to achieve productions goals and objectives. In this role, you will perform a variety of tasks associated with general plant operations and field activities that will evolve with each season throughout the year. You will be responsible for setting up and monitoring highly automated equipment for various processes such as harvest, conditioning, treating, and packaging.
During peak seasons (August - March) the St. Joseph production plant runs multiple shifts up to a 24/7 schedule based on demand. Shift hours can be 8 to 12 hours depending on which schedule is utilized.
Responsibilities could include, but are not limited to:
General field tasks and processes such as scouting, planting, field maintenance, and pollination activities, etc.
Develop and maintain positive working relationship with growers, contractors and seed field inspectors
Manage seasonal workers including scheduling when to enter fields, monitoring their work quality, and safety compliance.
Harvest activities such as receiving, husk/sort, drying, shelling, etc.
Conditioning activities such as gravity operation, packaging, palletizing, etc.
Return and rework activities
Warehousing activities including forklift operation, collecting samples, pooling, etc.
Gathering data for future aid in continuous improvement projects
Various other duties as assigned by supervisor
The following are required:
Two-year technical degree/diploma, or High School Diploma/GED and equivalent work experience
3 5 years of on-the-job or related agricultural experience
Valid Driver's License
Excellent communication skills
Willing and able to work in a variety of areas (field, plant, warehouse)
Willing and able to climb and/or work in elevated areas; standing and sitting for extended periods
Willing and able to work both outdoors and indoors in hot, cold, wet and dry conditions
Willing and able to lift up to 50 lbs. and complete work that involves repetitive motion and/or repetitive lifting with or without reasonable accommodation
Willingness and ability to work overtime hours including weekend work and/or shift work as required during seasonal peaks
The following are preferred:
Ability to obtain Certified Pesticide Applicator license
Supervisor/leadership/coaching skills and experience
Knowledge of production agriculture and production plant operations
Problem solving capabilities
Conflict management skills
Intermediate level of PC skills desired
Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles such as 5S, Continuous Improvement and Standardized Work are a plus