Intern: Agronomist

Position Overview:
The Climate Corporation is looking for an Agronomist Intern to join our Science team at the Solum Labs, Ames, IA site. Solum is a leading soil and services market laboratory dedicated to serving precision agriculture customers through a full service lab in Ames, IA. Solum is continuously introducing improved soil testing measures by investing heavily in innovative science-based practices and advanced technology to improve soil related decisions. Through the "field moist" soil analysis process Solum is able to deliver more accurate results to growers, thereby increasing yields and saving input dollars. www.solum.ag
What You Will Do:
Candidate will become familiar with all facets of Solum's soil sample processing methodology. In addition, the focus will be on the advantage of the field moist technique, as compared to dry ground, for NH4-N and NO3-N determination. Field work involvement will center around core placement strategy and transportation of the soil sample to the laboratory.
Optimize the field to lab protocol execution of an assigned project.
Perform soil sampling in accordance with established schedules and procedures and conduct lab analysis of field samples.
Document Field Activities - Record field data, compile and complete field notes, organize and file data electronically.
Perform a review of the processes involved to verify or improve experimental design
Analyze the data set and present your findings to peers and the Soil Measurements team.
Basic Qualifications:
Current enrollment in an undergraduate Agronomy or related degree program with a strong interest in soil science
Academic course work in agriculture that includes basic soils
One year basic chemistry (ISU 164) or higher
Experience with soil sampling methods and field work
Preferred Qualifications:
Ability to work independently in a high functioning team environment
Ability to carry-out research projects and basic analysis of data
Previous internship or work experience
Comfortable with creation and use of spreadsheets
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete and unknown variables
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule format.
Desire to attain applied research experience in an field and lab setting
Strong interpersonal skills to assist and communicate with mentors
What We Offer:
Our environment is extremely engaging and fast-paced, with a diverse set of top engineers, agronomists, and statisticians working together to provide the best possible products and experiences for our customers.
We offer competitive pay and perks.
You'll get 1:1 mentoring from a talented and motivated employee on your team.
You'll have the opportunity to work on real projects with experienced employees and have a direct impact on the company. (Our internships are not summer camp!)
You'll have the amazing opportunity to participate in one of our Biotechnology Tours where you get out of the office and into the field (literally) with agents and farmers.
About Us:
The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, aims to help all the world's farmers sustainably increase their productivity through the use of digital tools. The integrated Climate FieldView? digital agriculture platform provides farmers with a comprehensive, connected suite of digital tools. Bringing together seamless field data collection, advanced agronomic modeling and local weather monitoring into simple mobile and web software solutions, Climate FieldView? Prime, Climate FieldView? Plus and Climate FieldView? Pro give farmers a deeper understanding of their fields so they can make more informed operating decisions to optimize yields, maximize efficiency and reduce risk. For more information, please visit www.climate.com or follow the company on Twitter@climatecorp.
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