DuPont Research Co-op - Soybean in Volga, South Dakota

Research Co-op - Soybean (Job Number: RES00003805)


DuPont Pioneer has an opportunity for a Soybean Co-op who will perform duties essential to a comprehensive commercial soybean breeding program located in Volga, SD. They will be involved in the collection, organization, and analysis of research data. They will have the opportunity to Utilize state of the art molecular and data management technologies to efficiently make product advancement/characterization recommendations. This role will also have responsibilities related to planting, plot maintenance, plot harvest, and data collection activities.


This Research Co-op will be involved with the daily operations at the soybean research center. Spring/summer responsibilities include: planting, data collection/entry, plot maintenance, and tissue sampling for molecular marker analyses. Supervision of temporary employees is expected. Fall responsibilities include: combine operation, note taking, and rating individual plots for various agronomic traits. Post-harvest duties include: threshing plants and assisting with seed packaging to meet off-season nursery and greenhouse deadlines. This individual will also be expected to complete a project related to soybean breeding, presenting their finding at completion of the internship.

A key component of this position will be the collection of high quality data on specific traits of economic importance. The individual will be expected to travel to other locations as part of the data collection process. As part of the program, the individual will be expected to lead groups of co-workers to complete required tasks, and to conduct a research project whose results will be presented on a seminar at the end of the period.


College Senior or recent graduate, majoring in Agriculture, Agronomy, Plant Breeding, Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, Genetics, or a related field. Agricultural background is beneficial.

  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team

  • Skilled with MS Office programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • High level of skill with written communications.

  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.

  • Basic knowledge of corn and soybean production practices.

  • Superior work ethic, highly motivated, and thorough attention to detail.

  • Willingness to work both indoors and outdoors in hot, cold, wet and dry conditions.

  • Experience operating agriculture and/or field equipment preferred.

Primary Location: NA-United States-South Dakota-Volga

Organization: Pioneer

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: High School Diploma/GED (±11 years)

Employee Status: Limited Term

Job Type: Internship