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Intern - Plant Food R&D in Marysville, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 5/8/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

The Plant Food intern will be responsible for field, greenhouse and/or laboratory testing of new or experimental products that may include fertilizers, pesticides, and/or other gardening products.  

Primary duties may include:  

  • Prepare trial areas for laboratory, greenhouse and field experiments

  • Prepares and tests developmental and commercial formulations

  • Records laboratory information from preparations and tests

  • Prepare and apply fertilizer treatments

  • Experimental design, set-up, and data collection

  • Greenhouse and field crop production and maintenance

  • Ships chemicals, manages waste and chemical inventory, and supports safety program

Key Work Performed

Specific field biology related tasks required:

  • Intern will be working with Biology on setting up trials, making treatment applications and data collection throughout the time period in the greenhouse and outside in the field.
  • Intern will assist specialist/technician with field trial and greenhouse preparations (tilling, re-filling rows with soil, mulching, planting, etc.)
  • Intern will assist specialist/technician with vegetable harvests, plant harvests, and cleaning up garden research areas in the fall once trials are complete

Daily Responsibilities would include:

  • Watering greenhouse and field trials
  • Weeding field trials
  • Assisting in data collection
  • Assisting in treatment applications
  • ARM data input and picture downloading and labeling
  • Trial/plot maintenance

Specific formulations related tasks required by intern:

  • Gather quantitative data on formulations such as pH, particle size, contact angle, viscosity, bulk density/specific gravity, etc. under scientist supervision
  • Assist Formulator with batching larger quantity formulations for scale up and stability testing.
  • Manage chemical inventory/SDS storage on a regular basis.
  • Comply with company environment health and safety policy.


Minimum Requirements

A. Education/Experience:

  • Minimum high school diploma with experience in lawn and garden maintenance.

  • AS or BS degree in physical science, chemistry, material science, biology, botany, agronomy or horticulture and/or industry experience in a laboratory, greenhouse or field setting are desired.

B. Skills and Abilities:

  • Attention to detail, accuracy and basic math skills.  

  • Observational skills to identify visual differences in plant performance.  

  • Ability to follow work instructions and test protocols.

  • Personal drive and ability to be a self-starter and work unsupervised.   

  • Ability to lift 50lb required.Basic computer skills including: use of spreadsheets, word processing and email

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.