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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. We have an exciting opportunity for a Greenhouse Research Assistant to join our company at our Johnston, Iowa research facility. We offer all the benefits that a Fortune 500 company has to offer while also providing a community feel. The inclusive, motivated team in Johnston offers a safe and innovative work environment that allows for personal and professional growth. We are looking for candidates who take initiative, love to learn, work hard, and have a stable work history.

*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!

  • Daily greenhouse plant care, including seeding, pollinating, transplanting, watering, harvesting and seed handling.

  • Punch or cut and store small samples of plant tissue and delivery for laboratory analysis. Carefully maintain sample identity for thousands of samples at a time while maintaining proper storage conditions.

  • Assist with experiments, collect data and maintain records.

  • Perform routine greenhouse sanitation tasks like discarding regulated material, destroying waste, cleaning pots/containers, and cleaning and sanitizing rooms.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Requirements - Who You Are:

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

  • You have a high school diploma/GED.

  • You always pay close attention to detail and understand that it is essential to follow standard operating and safety/ergonomics protocols.

  • You have excellent communication skills, a high degree of self-motivation, possess a positive attitude and work well independently as well as in a team with minimal supervision.

  • You have basic computer skills including MS Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook), and the ability to gain competency with internally-developed research software.

  • You are willing and able to stand/sit for long periods of time, lift up to 30 lbs., tolerate hours of repetitive work in a warm, humid greenhouse with pollen present year-round.

  • You are willing and able to work a primarily Monday through Friday day schedule and a rotating weekend schedule as needed to support business needs.

Preferences - It Would Be Great If You Have:

  • Previous experience with greenhouse operations and plant care.

  • Interest in agronomic research.

  • 1 year of related education and/or experience in a greenhouse plant care, agronomy, horticulture, gardening, biology research or other relevant discipline.

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:

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To all recruitment agencies: Corteva does not accept unsolicited third party resumes and is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.