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Hours Full-time, Part-time
Location Willmar, Minnesota

About this job

CHS Inc. is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States that provides grain, food and energy resources to businesses and consumers around the world.  We serve agriculture customers and consumers across the United States and around the world.  Most of our 10,000 employees are in the United States, but today we have employees in 19 countries. At CHS, we are creating connections to empower agriculture.


CHS is hiring for a part time Greenhouse Assistant to oversee and maintain the safe operation of the CHS Product Development Greenhouse, maintain the environment to grow plants successfully and record and communicate research results.

This role will be temporary and end around May or June.

  • Ensure compliance and work safely with laboratory/greenhouse health and safety guidelines, including oneself as well as others at the greenhouse.
  • Safely work alone, work safely around hazardous materials, and identify potential hazards and update safety guidelines as needed.
  • Monitor plant growth and respond to issues arising with care of the plants, including being knowledgeable about the plant’s growth stages, diseases and herbicide symptomology,
  • Maintain records of growth parameters and product performance results
  • Apply chemical pesticides, adjuvants, nutrients, seed treatments and other materials as needed to conduct research.
  • Plant, water, record, and harvest plants
  • Monitor greenhouse and respond to issues arising with the operation of the greenhouse, including correct lighting, humidity, and temperature.
  • Manage greenhouse inventory and ordering/shipping needs. 
  • Maintain greenhouse cleanliness.
  • Sterilize equipment and store materials in secure places
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 
Minimum Qualifications (required)
  • High School diploma or GED
  • 1+ years of experience in agricultural/horticultural research and development
Additional Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree preferred in Agronomy, Horticulture, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Physics, Physical Science or related field preferred
  • Greenhouse work experience desired
  • Familiarity with common equipment used in a greenhouse
  • Full knowledge of hazardous material disposal laws
  • Able to interpret and understand labels, safety data sheets (SDS) and seed treater manuals
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail needed
  • Ability to utilize office tools (phone, fax, computer) Microsoft Office products.
  • Strong Excel and good computer skills needed
  • Desire to learn, adjust and find solutions to problems
  • Mechanical aptitude is desired
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Pre-employment screening is based on the job requirements and industry guidelines and may or may not be required for the position. If required, selected candidates must pass pre-employment screenings to include all or a combination of drug, criminal, motor vehicle check, physical requirements and FMSCA Clearinghouse
Physical Requirements
  • Frequent:
    • Walking
    • Sitting
    • Manual Manipulate 
    • Grasp 
    • Reach outward
    • Reach above shoulder
    • Lift/Carry 10 lbs or less
    • Push/Pull up to 25 lbs
  • Occasional
    • Climbing
    • Kneeling
    • Squatting
    • Bending
    • Push/Pull up to 100 lbs
    • Lift/Carry up to 100 lbs
  • Constant Walking

CHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.