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Corteva Agriscience Research Assistant 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 has an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant to join our organization with our Soybean Growth Chambers Team in Johnston IA .

This Research Assistant will be a key member of an aggressive soybean trait integration team within a growth chamber facility to develop improved soybean and wheat varieties. In this role, you will be responsible for performing a variety of duties associated with plant management activities using a range of procedures and protocols. This position will require working rotational weekends and holidays during peak periods to care for our top genetics and plants in development.

*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 day-to-day greenhouse/growth chamber activities including planting, pollinating, tissue sampling, pest/disease scouting, harvesting, data collection, and database management.

  • Process improvement experimentation.

  • Maintain facility cleanliness and safety standards.

  • Lead assigned safety program(s).

  • Ensure assigned operating protocols are updated as needed.

  • Assist with training of full-time staff and temporary labor as required.

  • Various other duties as assigned.


Requirements – Who You Are:

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

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

  • You have a High School diploma/GED.

  • 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 are willing and able to be do hands on physical work that requires bending/reaching repetitively standing/sitting for extended periods of time and are able to lift up to 50 pounds with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • You have intermediate skills with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc) Access, LIMS and iOS devices.

  • You have the ability to communicate clearly, display a positive attitude, work efficiently and effectively with others in a team environment.

  • You are willing and able to work occasional holidays and be a part of the rotational weekend schedule to meet business needs during peak season.


  • Associates/Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Agronomy, Biology, or related field of study.

  • 2 or more years of work experience in greenhouse/growth chamber environments.

  • Experience with plant propagation in a controlled environment setting.

  • Plant pollination experience.

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.