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Intern – Agriculture Operations, Seasonal (Chester, SD)

Posted on: March 28, 2021

Website Wilbur-Ellis Company

Are you a college student majoring in Agri-Business, Ag Communications, or other fields? Do you possess excellent leadership, multi-tasking, analytics, 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 an Operations Intern, you will gain a realistic job preview of the agricultural chemical, fertilizer, seed, and technology industry and opportunities to explore future career opportunities in Operations. 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 data analytics, statistics, logistics, chemicals, operations, and fertilizer (and more). 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 Operations Intern and potential future leader for our company.

Key Skills and Abilities Include:

College student majoring in Agriculture, Plant Science, Ag Business or related field is preferred
Knowledge or experience in Agriculture may be helpful but is not required
Process mapping or similar course work helpful but is not required
Ability to work remotely when necessary
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
Excellent analytical and data science 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 always to 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, systems, industries, and operations
Learn different aspects of the location operations and different techniques used for the agricultural business
Support operations, location, and distribution staff to gain a well-rounded understanding of the industry
Gain experience in location operations, daily business, and logistics
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


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.

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