Intern, Fruit and Vegetable Agronomy

Wilbur-Ellis Company

Watervliet, Michigan

Job Type Internship

Are you a college student majoring in Agriculture, Plant Science or other related fields? Do you have the knowledge and/or experience with agricultural sales or agronomy? Do you possess excellent leadership, multi-tasking, and communication skills? Can you work overtime as necessary? If you said yes to these questions, we’d like to hear from you!

For nearly a century, Wilbur-Ellis has experienced success and growth in marketing and distributing agricultural products and services. Join us and grow your career with a strong and profitable industry leader offering competitive compensation, tremendous growth and development opportunities, and a people-first work environment. Come grow with us!

General Purpose and Scope of Position:

As a Sales Intern, you will gain a realistic job preview of the agricultural chemical, fertilizer, seed, and technology industry and opportunities to explore future career opportunities as a Sales Trainee, Sales Representative, Operations Manager, and beyond. During our 12-16 week summer program, you will work closely with a mentor to support branch operations in a variety of agriculture aspects while gaining exposure to different sides of the business to include row/specialty crops, chemicals, seed and fertilizer (and more). This role will focus on fruit and vegetable production in approximately 25-30 different crops. In addition to your day to day responsibilities, you will have the opportunity to spend time shadowing to observe different career progression options within your internship focus and other departments of Wilbur-Ellis. We will be supporting you with extensive training in your role and provide professional development opportunities as a successful Sales Intern and potential future leader for our company.

Key Skills and Abilities Include:

  • College student majoring in Agriculture, Plant Science or related field is preferred
    Knowledge and/or experience with agricultural sales or agronomy (preferred)
    Intermediate level proficiency with standard software including MS Office Suite
  • Comply with company safety standards including a clean driving record
  • Willingness and desire to work overtime hours and occasionally Saturdays during busy seasons
  • Ability to safely operate company machinery within state laws and company policies and guidelines
  • Ability to repetitively bend, kneel and walk long distances while working in a non-climate controlled environment and outside in inclement weather

Key Personal Attributes:

  • Excellent written and verbal and presentation communication skills
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to set priorities
  • Skill in creative and critical thinking to achieve goals
  • Ability to remain detail-oriented with a wide range of responsibilities
  • Desire to learn about new things and openness to always improve
  • Self-starter that is punctual with a strong work ethic
  • Strong ability to be flexible and multi-task
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to build relationships with cross-functional team members including Sales
  • Representatives, branch management, operation staff, and customers

Specific Responsibilities and Key Deliverables Include:

  • Learn our products, services, industries, and operations
  • Learn different aspects of the sales cycle and different techniques used for agricultural sales
  • Support Sales Representatives, field scouts, operations and distribution staff to gain a well-rounded understanding of how the product reaches growers
  • Gain experience tissue and SAP sampling
  • Organize application mapping for technology tracking
  • Conduct plot trials and/or scouting fields in the Watervliet, MI and surrounding regions
  • Maintain and observe appropriate safety practices and working conditions
  • Complete the tasks and activities outlined by the Manager and/or Mentor for the intern
  • Conform to the normal working hours of the Wilbur-Ellis location
  • Support the employer, keep the employer's business confidential, and work for the employer's best interest
  • Submit a final project, PowerPoint presentation of the internship

Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive hourly wage commensurate with experience and other factors