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Corteva Agriscience Seed Quality Testing Specialist in Des Moines, Iowa


At Corteva Agriscience , you will help us grow what’s next. No matter what your role, you will be part of a team that is building the future of agriculture – solving the world’s food problems through innovation, technology, and putting people first. Corteva Agriscience has an exciting opportunity for a Seed Quality Testing Specialist in Johnston, Iowa at our Beal Seed Quality Lab. Our Beal team is a wonderful, diverse, inclusive group and we work in a fast-paced environment.

**Please note there is NO relocation allowance or visa sponsorship available for this position.


Let’s peek at how you can grow your wellbeing, health, and future at Corteva!

  • Enjoy competitive wages based on qualifications, education and experience.

  • Strike a better work-life balance with robust time off benefits; new hires start with 4 weeks off each year . We also have excellent paid maternity, paternal and family illness leave.

  • Prepare for your future with our competitive retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement program, and more.

  • Enjoy access to health benefits for you and your family on your first day of employment.

  • And much, much more!

Responsibilities – What You Will Do:

How will you help us grow? It matters to us, and it matters to you!

  • Perform quality testing procedures in accordance with ISTA, AOSA, and AASCO sampling guidelines, and assess testing requirements according to established guidelines.

  • Verify and record quality test results.

  • Operate and troubleshoot automated lab-scale planters.

  • Maintain seed herbarium to support routine defect identification and continual expansion of defect references.

  • Assist in monitoring the proper functioning and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

  • Maintain a clean, healthy and safe working environment in compliance with safety and health guidelines and housekeeping practices.

  • Train on cross-functional tasks in other functions of the laboratory on processes that may need additional support during high volume or critical periods.

  • Monitor product for quality assurance and ensure activities meet the requirements of the Quality Plan.

  • Recommend and implement measures to improve productivity, performance, methods, troubleshoot issues, and identify quality defects.

  • Develop and maintain good communication and rapport with site personnel and employees from other Corteva departments.

  • Various other duties as assigned.


Requirements – Who You Are:

What expertise have you grown? What do you bring to the table?

  • You love having a variety of tasks as well as enjoy working hard and staying busy!

  • You have your High School Diploma/GED.

  • You have 1+ years of Agriculture, Agribusiness, Biology, or related field (either through work or schooling experience).

  • You have a high level of attention to detail.

  • You have interest in or knowledge of advanced seed testing activities and equipment such as moisture, seed count, vigor, germination, and weed seed identification.

  • You have intermediate Microsoft Office skills (i.e. Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.).

  • When you see a problem, you look for a way to fix it, you’re solutions focused.

  • You value the safety of yourself and your co-workers and will eagerly participate in safe work practices, on-the-job safety, and work safety programs.

  • You always are willing to help out and physical work isn’t a problem for you…Passing by a team member struggling to lift something? Safety is your top priority, and you are willing and able to lift up to 50 pounds with or without reasonable accommodations to help your colleague and/or perform necessary job tasks!

  • You are willing and able to work overtime and weekends to meet business needs during peak harvest season.

Preferences – It Would Be Great If You Have:

  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness, Biology, Environmental Science or related field.

  • You have 3+ years of work and/or school experience in an agriculture or biological or related field.

  • Certified Viability Technologist (CVT).

  • Certified Purity Technologist (CPT).

  • Certified Seed Analyst (CSA).

  • Registered Seed Technologist (RST).

Ready to grow your perspectives, impact and career? We seek applicants from all backgrounds to ensure we get the best, most creative talent on our team. Start by applying to this opportunity today

Corteva Agriscience™ is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to boldly embracing the power of inclusion, diversity, and equity to enrich the lives of our employees and strengthen the performance of our company, while advancing equity in agriculture. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class. Discrimination, harassment and retaliation are inconsistent with our values and will not be tolerated. If you require a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit: Accessibility Page for Contact Information For US Applicants: See the ‘Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law’ poster To all recruitment agencies: Corteva does not accept unsolicited third party resumes and is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.