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Kemin Industries Summer Field Technician in Des Moines, Iowa


The Summer Field Technician will perform all field activities related to the growing and evaluating breeding lines under field growing conditions. T his position is considered temporary- full time employment and will work over the summer months only (apx May-Aug) for summer field trials.

This position may also perform work at other field research stations

as well as Kemin’s main campus in Des Moines, IA.

We Are Kemin  

We are visionaries who see things differently and are inspired by the world around us.  

We have been dedicated to using applied science to improve the quality of life for over half a century.   

We are a global ingredient manufacturer that strives to sustainably transform the quality of life every day for 80 percent of the world with its products and services.  

For over half a century, Kemin has been dedicated to using applied science to address industry challenges and offer product solutions to customers in more than 120 countries. Kemin provides ingredients to feed a growing population with its commitment to the quality, safety and efficacy of food, feed and health-related products to customers around the world .   

Established in 1961, Kemin is a privately held, family-owned-and-operated company with more than 2,800 global employees and operations in 90 countries, including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

As a Kemin team member, you’ll receive…

  • A competitive financial package - in addition to your salary, we offer an uncapped bonus opportunity, 401k match program, and paid vacation and holidays.

  • Robust health and wellness support - we are proud to offer a fitness reimbursement (for your whole family!), an on-site fitness center, restaurant with seasonal fresh food options (and the ability to order food to bring home), and free fresh fruit in break areas- to name a few.

  • Continued learning opportunities - Kemin offers tuition reimbursement and recently launched a new corporate university with online and in-person training opportunities for growth and development throughout your entire career.

  • The chance to give back to our world - Through our foundation of servant leadership, we are proud to offer ample service opportunities, including paid time off to do so. Kemin has a valued corporate partnership with both The World Food Programme and Habitat for Humanity, in addition to many local initiatives.

  • Opportunities to support our valued educators - Kemin is a proud sponsor of the Iowa Governor's Stem Advisory Council where we fund annual teacher's awards. In addition, we have a robust internship and externship program, and frequently host student tours.


  • Execute field tasks in hemp nursery plots, including weeding/mowing, plant tagging.

  • Perform various tasks in the field including bagging, pollination, sample collection, and data collection under direction of the breeder.

  • Assist with field activities in other crops as needed, including transplanting, taking/transporting of vegetative cuttings, sample collection, and weeding.


  • High School Diploma or enrolled in Bachelor’s degree

  • Relevant coursework in Biology, Horticulture, Agronomy or Soil Science.

  • Working knowledge and familiarity with field growing conditions.

  • High energy level, strong self-motivation, and a high degree of problem-solving skills.

  • Experience with data collection and processing of samples for lab analysis.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Proficient in English, multilingual is a plus.

    A post-offer background check and drug screen is required. Additional pre-employment requirements may be necessary based on position.

    Kemin is an equal opportunity employer.


LocationUS-IA-Des Moines

Posted Date1 month ago(2/23/2023 4:30 PM)

Job ID 2023-8767

Positions 1

Category Specialty Crop Improvement

Position Type Temporary Full-Time