DuPont Agronomy Research Assistant - IPM in Waimea, Hawaii

Agronomy Research Assistant - IPM (Job Number: 194715W-01)


Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ has an exciting opportunity for a Agronomy Research Assistant to join our team at our Waimea research station!

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ offers an excellent benefits package that begins on your first day of employment. This includes a generous 401k match, health and dental insurance, 15 days of vacation, a variable bonus plan, and much more!

The Agronomy Research Assistant will be responsible for supporting the agronomy efforts of the Waimea research center with primary focus on agronomic activities necessary to reliably produce high quality seed for the research organization. The research assistant will specifically support the Integrated Pest Management activities in the department. It is expected that the research assistant will maintain sprayers under optimum conditions for effective and safe spraying. The research assistant should operate spraying equipment and should be responsible for worker protection standards (WPS) postings. Ensure the proper use of PPE (personal protective equipment) at all times and that label directions are consistently followed. The research assistant should keep records of chemical use and machine use hours as well as keep record of daily activities as instructed in the protocols. The IPM assistant will serve as a backup for netting, land planning and irrigation.

The duties and responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform activities related to the Integrated Pest Management program: Operate spraying machines; Scouting, Hand Weeding, Backpack applications

  • Train new sprayer drivers; perform WPS postings on central notification and at field level: apply chemicals based on label indications.

  • Maintain chemical inventory and an orderly pesticide storage room. Communicate with supervisor on spraying activities.

  • Perform sprayer equipment cleaning following established protocols, and comply with all regulations and utilize guidance of Environmental Protection Agency and Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

  • Conduct all activities in a safe and legal manner. Maintain all equipment in proper and safe working condition. Utilize PPE and make certain that the PPE is used in compliance with chemical labels. Ensure certain chemicals are applied in accordance with chemical labels.

  • Miscellaneous tasks as assigned by supervisor.


The following are required :

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • 1 to 2 years of related experience or relevant education

  • Valid driver’s license

  • Organization and time management skills to handle multiple tasks and priorities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to carry out tasks in the absence of supervision

  • Ability to operate ATV’s, trailers, and tractors

  • Ability to communicate, read, and interpret instructions in English and carry out tasks in the absence of supervision

  • Willing and able to work overtime, weekends, and/or holidays during seasonal peaks

  • Willing and able to work variable shift schedules depending on spraying time needs

  • Ability to work with others in a team setting and of diverse cultural backgrounds and languages

The following are preferred:

  • Proficient in the use of computers with basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Proficient in the use of tablets

  • Tolerance and ability to work in an outdoor tropical agriculture setting in various field conditions

  • Occasionally required to lift 20 to 40 lbs.

We are excited to announce that Corteva Agriscience™ is the name of the new Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. We are bringing together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences to create a market-shaping, standalone agriculture company with leading positions in seed technologies, crop protection and digital agriculture. We will work across the global agriculture value chain to create a more efficient food system.

At Corteva Agriscience™, we seek to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume. This means we will help rejuvenate the agricultural ecosystem to support people and the planet and to ensure progress for generations to come.

Primary Location: NA-United States-Hawaii-Waimea

Organization: Pioneer

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: High School Diploma/GED (±11 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Entry Level

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