Santa Maria Agronomy Intern

  • Location: US - Santa Maria DC
  • Job Family: Administration
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0005277
  • Experience Years: 0-3 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Intern

About the Opportunity

This Agronomy Internship will be a full time, seasonal internship, with a very strong training and educational component. Participants will work with other Global R&D and Regional Senior Agronomists in Driscoll’s Research Testplots and Grower commercial fields, learning how to grow berry crops in soil and substrate. The internship educational component includes attending several technical trainings and workshops and developing production research proposals. The experiential, hands-on, component of this internship includes collecting observations and records of plant nutrition and irrigation parameters, supporting the agronomy and research teams establishing research trials and demonstration plots and other responsibilities related to farming berry crops in innovative and advanced production systems.


  • •    Collecting data and observations on strawberry, raspberry and blackberry substrate crops
  • •    Regular interaction with agronomy, plant physiology, pathology and entomology teams to learn crop cycles and growth measurements, and critical pests and diseases.
  • •    Scouts crops for disease and pest pressure
  • •    Submit weather reports for assigned test plots
  • •    Seasonal data analysis and final report submitted at end of internship
  • •    Regularly and timely communicates with supervisor of any key actionable observations
  • •    Follows Company policies and practices while representing Driscoll’s in an ethical and business-like manner in all interactions with employees, government agencies, growers, etc. 
  • •    Ensures the safe-keeping of Driscoll’s-owned varieties and confidential information

Candidate Profile

  • Recently graduated or soon to be graduated students from Horticulture or Plant Sciences degrees
  • Relevant college coursework in horticulture, botany and agronomy preferred
  • Microsoft Office and computer experience
  • Self-starter and independent
  • Able to lift 40 pounds
  • Able to work in field conditions
  • Able to travel to production sites independently

The following information is provided in good faith as a general description of the salary range and benefits for the position posted.  The actual compensation offered to the successful candidate is dependent upon experience, skills, education, work location, internal pay equity, and other objective job-related factors. 

The hourly range estimated for this internship is:
- Freshman to recent grad: $18-$22
- Master to PhD: $26-$40

Driscoll’s is committed to a culture of care and offers an attractive benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and disability coverage for positions working more than 30 hours per week. Other benefits include:  401(k) with employer match, profit-sharing participation, paid sick time, paid vacation, paid personal and family care leave, and a free Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  More detailed information regarding the benefits package, will be shared during the application process.

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.

Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.