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Intern | Ag Sales & Scouting, Full-time, Seasonal (Yakima, WA)

Posted on Nov 15, 2018 by Wilbur-Ellis

Yakima, WA 98901
Research & Development
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

Are you a college student majoring in Agriculture, Plant Science, Horticulture, or other related fields? Do you have knowledge and/or experience with Ag operations? Do you possess excellent leadership, multi-tasking, and communication skills? Can you work overtime as necessary? If you said yes to these questions, and you have good interpersonal skills, 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:

Wilbur-Ellis branch in the Pacific Northwest (Yakima, WA area) is seeking an Agriculture Intern to be responsible for supporting branch sales and scouting needs in a variety of agriculture aspects while gaining exposure to different sides of the business. Interns will shadow the branch Agronomist. Intern will be expected to work with sales representatives on customer tree fruit orchards & vineyards. Duties will include weekly soil sampling of newly planted orchards to monitor soluble salts & nitrate levels. Intern is expected to attend field days; field staff meetings; and informal orchard & warehouse tours.

Key Skills and Abilities Include:

  • College student majoring in Agriculture, Plant Science, Horticulture, or related field is preferred
  • Knowledge and/or experience with agricultural operations (preferred)
  • Intermediate level proficiency with standard software including MS Office Suite
  • Ability to safely operate a company machinery within state laws and company policies and guidelines
  • Requires excellent interpersonal skills between both customers and fellow employees
  • Ability to repetitively bend, kneel and walk long distances while working in a non-climate controlled environment and outside in inclement weather
  • Dependability/reliability. Occasionally may need to work Saturdays.
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Willingness and desire to work overtime hours during busy seasons

Specific Responsibilities and Key Deliverables Include:

  • Complete the tasks and activities outlined by the Branch Manager and/or Mentor for the intern to include supporting branch operations and local customers including field scouting; soil sampling; and product deliveries
  • Conform to the normal working hours of the Wilbur-Ellis location, including overtime when requested
  • Support the employer, keep the employer's business confidential, and work for the employer's best interest
  • Work with sales reps on customer tree fruit orchards & vineyards
  • Soil sampling
  • Attend field days; field staff meetings; and informal orchard & warehouse tours
  • Comply with company safety standards
  • Submit a final project, PowerPoint presentation of the internship

Learning Outcomes:

  • Basic agronomy knowledge
  • Sales & operational process and activity
  • Daily customer service activities
  • Time management

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive hourly wage commensurate with experience and other factors


Wilbur-Ellis is a company you can be proud to call your employer

Wilbur-Ellis markets and distributes agricultural products, animal feed and specialty chemicals and food ingredients. A privately held and consistently profitable company, we employ more than 4,000 people throughout North America and Asia-Pacific.

Wilbur-Ellis is for and about people

Wilbur-Ellis has enjoyed over ninety-three years of success and growth, all thanks to our people. Our employees are both leaders and team players who thrive on creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and a dedication to quality work, our customers and each other.

Wilbur-Ellis invests in the industry's best workforce

Wilbur-Ellis invests heavily in our employees by offering skill development and training, competitive compensation and benefits and a tradition of promoting from within for a broad range of career opportunities. And we foster a supportive, people-first work environment.

Reference: 569309974