Animal Sciences Career E-Letter

November 2, 2012

From the Desk Of Barry Delks
1. Boehringer Ingelheim openings
2. Purdue Ag 1st Year Study Abroad Incentive Awards


Full-time Positions
1. Metzer Farms - General Manager
2. Affinity Executive Search
3. Ag Assure, LLC - Crop Insurance Agent
4. ConAgra Foods - Sr. Ag Operations Specialist
5. Paw Print Genetics - Veterinary Medical Director
6. Purdue Extension Educator Positions
7. Rich Connell Agri-Search Listings
8. Milk Promotion Services of Indiana - Producer Relations Program Coordinator
9. Michigan State Extension Educator Positions

Part-time positions
1. Dr. Phil Low Lab - Pharmacy building
2. Indiana Wine Grape Council - Social Media Project Manager

Internships/Student Workers
1. Murphy Brown - 2013 Spring Semester Research Internship Program
2. NCBA Convention Internship
3. Kalu Yala Internships

Study Abroad
1. Spring Break Study Abroad in Romania
See also item #2 under "From the Desk of Barry Delks"

From the Desk Of Barry Delks

Animal Sciences Careers Website

1. Boehringer Ingelheim Openings

Boehringer Ingelheim just posted Friday openings for15 new cattle sales positions and 40 new pet sales positions to start by January 1st. One of the cattle positions is in Indiana and one in Illinois, so my territory is being split up some. Experience in the field will be necessary and if you know of any alumni looking, they can find the job postings on the Boehringer Ingelheim corporate website.

2. Purdue Ag 1st Year Study Abroad Incentive Awards

Below is a new opportunity for freshman who would like to study abroad on a short-term basis. Please note the eligibility requirements listed below.

Purdue Ag 1st Year Study Abroad Incentive Awards
Announcing a new opportunity for all Freshmen Agriculture Majors!
Thanks to new funding received from the Office of Academic Programs…
Up to 50 $100 travel grants will be awarded to eligible students who participate in a Winter or Spring Break study abroad course during their freshman year, or students who participate in a Maymester or short-term study abroad course (2-4 weeks in length) the summer following their freshman year.

Purdue Ag 1st Year Study Abroad Incentive Awards Eligibility Requirements:

**Eligible programs for 2013 Spring Break include

Please contact:
Agriculture Study Abroad
Phone: 765-494-8458


Fulltime Positions

1. Metzer Farms - General Manager

I have a waterfowl hatchery in California and sell day old ducklings and goslings throughout the USA and overseas. We have grown to the point that I need a General Manager for our breeder farm and hatchery. Below is a link to our webpage describing our business, the position and how interested parties should apply.

I am asking you to distribute this to the proper individuals in your university that know of soon-to-graduate seniors or alums that might have an interest. This is a full time position I hope to fill within the next two months.

The individual I hire is not required to have extensive poultry experience. When I graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Animal Science, I had no poultry experience yet I was able to turn my father's hobby into a successful business over time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate contacting me.
Thank you very much for your assistance.
John Metzer

2. Affinity Executive Search

Sales and Consulting:

Meat Processing and Feed Manufacturing:

Swine Production:

Other Agribusiness opportunities:

You can view complete descriptions here:

If you are interested in one of them or have any questions contact:

Rebecca Kohn
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Affinity Executive Search
3841 N 51st Ave
Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: 954-404-6253

Agriculture Jobs:
All Other Jobs:

Interviewing a candidate referred by Affinity constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions of our fee agreement and your agreement to pay the specified fee in the event that the candidate is hired.


3. Ag Assure LLC - Crop Insurance Agent

Ag Assure, LLC, part of The Assure Group is seeking a high-energy sales professional who desires to learn and achieve success as a Crop Insurance Agent. The keys to success in this position are developing strong relationships and partnering with producers while following up with the details to help customers manage their farm business risks.

The ideal candidate will have an agricultural background with sales experience, and have some contacts and relationships in the area they will be selling in. Candidates must be aggressive on the sales side but also detailoriented to do the follow-up work necessary for long-term success. Good computer skills, a desire to continuously learn and keep up-to-date, plus an ability to educate farmers are all key characteristics for candidates to have.

We provide significant training, and sales tools that are unique within the industry to help you achieve success. Income potential for a solid performer is not capped. Candidates with the drive and determination to build a service-oriented sales territory should contact us with your cover letter, resume, and references. We are looking for agents throughout the Midwest.



Please send to Denise Webb at For questions contact Denise at 765-237-3011.

4. ConAgra Foods - Sr. Ag Operations Specialist

This position serves as a liaison between the company and popcorn growers. Signs contracts, samples and evaluates crop, works with growers with their field and storage management. Assists in scheduling field and storage deliveries to meet production quantity and quality requirements.

Qualifications include:

We offer an excellent compensation and benefit package. If you'd like to take advantage of a team-oriented environment with significant room for growth and on-going career challenge, please submit your resume and cover letter on line at:

5. Paw Print Genetics - Veterinary Medical Director

New genetics laboratory, dedicated to canine diagnostics in Spokane, WA seeking a Veterinary Medical Director. Candidates must have a DVM degree and relative laboratory experience. Duties include:

Job Description:

  1. Oversee the medical genetics aspects of our diagnostic testing and carrier screening programs
  2. Provide medical assistance to our genetic counselor
  3. Review website and brochures for accuracy
  4. Be an advocate of the company in building relationships with various veterinary societies
  5. Head our educational program and outreach to veterinarians and breeders. This will involve travel and presentations
  6. Work on assay development in the laboratory
  7. Review and sign-off on assay validation protocols and results
  8. Daily case review and sign-out
  9. Be an integral part of our scientific team

Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, vacation and holiday pay.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a DVM degree and relative laboratory experience.

Compensation Range: Negotiable

How to apply: Please send your cover letter and C.V. to Application Deadline: 1/15/2013.

Company Info:
Paw Print Genetics
850 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Suite 200
Spokane, WA 99202
Contact Person Info: Amber Hamilton 509-483-5950

6. Purdue Extension Educator Positions

Ag and Natural Resources Extension Educator (CED Open) - Perry County, Cannelton, Indiana.
Click here to view the posting and to apply:

Health and Human Sciences Extension Educator - Clay/Owen Counties, Brazil/Spencer, Indiana.
Click here to view the posting and to apply:

4‐H Youth Development Extension Educator ‐ Parke County, Rockville, Indiana.
Click here to view the posting and to apply:

7. Rich Connell Agri-Search Listings

Rich Connell AGRI-SEARCH, Inc. is your source for agricultural staffing and career opportunities. Rich Connell AGRI-SEARCH, Inc. has several job opportunities. A link to the recruiter's e-mail is at the end of each position listed below.

Grain Elevator Outside Operations Superintendent – Northeast Illinois, 5359
Rail loading grain location needs an experienced leader to take charge of the outside operations at this facility. Must also be capable of coming inside and running the scales and helping out as needed. Must desire to develop a team atmosphere and be willing to grab a shovel and jump in and get dirty and help do whatever is needed. Solid experience in all aspects of grain operations is a must (loading, unloading, blending, maintenance, etc.).Good opportunity to join a stable and successful Illinois grain company. Salary based on experience, likely in the $45-55,000 range to start. Qualified grain operations candidates please contact Dave Allen.

Grain Equipment Territory Sales – Indiana / Midwest, 5432
The Regional Sales Manager would be responsible for the sales of automated, industrial scale equipment and other automation services for the grain and bulk materials industries. Knocking on doors and cold calling is very vital to this position to generate new clients and expand customer base in the marketing area. This position also requires developing business and marketing plans, maintaining accurate records, and identifying solutions for customers.The ideal candidate must have experience with IT systems, automation and / or industrial sales, and have extensive experience in all aspects of customer service to build relationships. He / She must demonstrate the ability to build trust, communicate effectively, solve problems, and demonstrate high integrity. This person must be a self-starter and be motivated to generate revenue for the company. An understanding of grain accounting is a huge plus.Proven sales experience in the automated solutions field must be at least five years. Overnight travel will be about 40% of the time.Competitive salary BOE + commission + benefits. Territory is Illinois to the East Coast. This person has the opportunity of living anywhere in this territory - Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, or Michigan. Contact Charlotte Perrow.

Grain Originator / Assistant Location Manager - East Central Illinois, 5314
Multi-location grain elevator in east central Illinois is seeking a highly motivated team player for this important position in their company. The successful candidate will originate corn and soybeans, manage logistics for truck and rail shipments, and assist in the hedging of grain. Must enjoy developing and maintaining relationships with producers and have a strong commitment to customer service as well as safety. Candidates should have an agricultural background, a minimum of 2-3 years of experience in cash grain procurement, and knowledge of grain logistics, software, and hedging. Must have at least a 2 year ag degree; a BS degree (from an ag college) is preferred. $45-57,500. Contact Dave Allen

Grain Outside Operations Superintendent - Illinois, 5114
Multi-location Illinois truck and rail grain company needs a take charge leader to oversee the outside operations of their elevators. Must have been in, understand and like the grain business, be a strong leader, good communicator and enjoy training new/young workers. Will help oversee 18 people loading rail cars, doing building projects, and other day to day jobs. Some mechanical and electrical skills will be a big plus. Excellent leadership and career opportunity for a motivated grain operations professional. $40-50,000+. Illinois. Contact Dave Allen.

Grain Risk Management Specialist - Midwest, 5131
Aggressive and growing grain marketing team is seeking individuals who are looking for an exciting opportunity to succeed. Ideal candidates are currently grain buyers or location managers who have established relationships with growers, earned their respect, but are looking for a career change. Must have a sales mentality, be self-motivated and driven to succeed. Experience in grain marketing, commodity brokerage, and/or crop insurance is a major key to your success. Must be willing to work for very lucrative commissions, with realistic first year income being $40-50,000. Six digit plus income is very attainable within 3-4 years. You do not have to relocate to become a part of this successful team. Burned out at your current job? Contact Dave Allen.

Manufacturing Engineer – Central Iowa, 1167A leading agriculture equipment manufacturer in Central Iowa is pursuing an experienced Manufacturing Engineer with proven abilities to articulate process improvements. This person will be responsible for developing, prioritizing, and implementing cost savings, quality improvement, safety and ergonomic improvement projects and activities. An individual in this position must demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas to senior-level leadership. The ideal candidate would possess extensive lean manufacturing skills with specific experience in cellular manufacturing models.One of the great benefits this position affords is the opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment with a highly-motivated veteran work force that embraces the improvement process. This location allows for an individual to choose to live in a rural lifestyle or to easily commute to one of Iowa's most popular cities. Very competitive salary and compensation package. Contact T.J. Stauffer.

Quality Engineer – Central Iowa, 1166
A leading agriculture equipment manufacturer in central Iowa is pursuing an experienced Quality Engineer who enjoys systematic problem solving and hands-on application. This position involves working directly with Quality Assurance, Warranty, and Service personnel to collect and analyze data.
Strong communication skills will be necessary. This position is best suited for individuals who have the confidence needed to interact directly with growers as well as the ability to sell new ideas to design engineers. Experience with pneumatics, hydraulics, and heavy metal welding will be preferred. Very competitive salary. Contact T.J. Stauffer.

8. Milk Promotion Services of Indiana - Producer Relations Program Coordinator

Job Title: Producer Relations Program Coordinator

Job Summary:
Reports to: General Manager

Overall accountability:

Job Specifications:

Job Role:
Execute Dairy Promotion's Unified Marketing Plan industry image and producer relations plans and programs to positively position the value of the dairy checkoff program to producer and coop/processor leader audiences, and industry organizations. Protect and promote the image of dairy products and producers to a consumer audience. The position is responsible for establishing and maintaining positive relationships among dairy producers, the dairy industry and the checkoff program.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Personal Qualifications:
Positive attitude, honesty, integrity, initiative, dependability, creativity, sound judgment, desire to learn, ability to organize time and the ability to work in a friendly, cooperative and flexible manner with staff, supervision and business contacts.

Deb Osza
General Manager
American Dairy Association of Indiana, Inc./Dairy & Nutrition Council, Inc.
Divisions of Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, Inc.
9360 Castlegate Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46256
317-842-7133 x 218
317-842-3065 fax

9. Michigan State Extension Educator Positions

Job Title: Extension Educator - 4-H Dairy
Department: MSU Extension (MSUE) Children and Youth Institute, East Lansing, MI
Application Deadline: November 18, 2012
Information at:

Job Title: Extension Educator - 4-H Livestock and Veterinary Science
Department: MSU Extension (MSUE) Children and Youth Institute, East Lansing, MI
Application Deadline: November 18, 2012
Information at:

Part time Positions

1. Dr. Phil Low Lab - Pharmacy Building

I am currently working in the pharmacy building on campus in a lab that works on mice for research. Experienced enough to work with mice to implant tumors and other types of work. They were looking for someone who had a Bachelors in animal science. It would be working with Dr. Phil Low in his lab and it would start out part-time, but could potentially develop into full time.

That is all the details that I was given, but I do have some contact information. If you know of anyone that could fill this role, let me know!

Contact information:
The email is
phone: (765)269-6644
Lab # 45476

2. Indiana Wine Grape Council - Social Media Project Manager

The Indiana Wine Grape Council is seeking a manager of social media for Spring 2013. Multi-semester and summer employment is possible.

Qualified applicants should be majoring in Agriculture, Technology, Communications or similar fields and have at least two semesters of school remaining. Qualified candidates
will have a desire to promote Indiana's nearly 70 wineries. The position requires strong communication skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint
software is recommended.

This student will report directly with the Marketing Director for the Indiana Wine Grape Council. Duties will include social media management; including but not limited to
Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, Blogger and YouTube; website management, database entries, festival and event assistance and other duties as assigned.

Hourly pay rate dependent on experience. Please be prepared to show videos produced, twitter accounts managed, Facebook accounts responsible for and other social media
elements relevant to job.

Position will require between 8-10 hours per week.

Please email resume to:
Jeanette Merritt
Marketing Director
Purdue Wine Grape Team
745 Agriculture Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907


1. Murphy Brown - 2013 Spring Semester Research Internship Program

Sponsored by: Alltech, Inc.

Murphy-Brown, LLC is offering a swine research project management program for Animal Science undergraduate or recently graduated students interested in applied swine research. The objective of this program is to allow students to gain experience in the swine industry for career development. The successful candidate will be an integral part of the research data collection and participate in all on-going research projects at Murphy-Brown.

Location: Rose Hill, NC

Application materials due: Friday, November 2, 2012
Start date: January/February 2013
End date: June/July 2013

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 references. The cover letter must include the following information: previous swine experience, previous research experience, and career goals.
Applicants encouraged to have: Animal handling experience, independent problem solving skills, organizational skills, experience with Microsoft Office
Applicants must have: Valid driver's license, dependable transportation

Student responsibilities: The student will be responsible for assisting with time tables, activities, and data collection for all on-going research projects at Murphy-Brown. This will involve spending time on a Murphy-Brown wean-to-finish research farm, in the feed mill, at the quality assurance lab, and also on commercial farms. The student will be exposed to other aspects of Murphy Brown, LLC, including the packing plant, veterinary medicine, and swine production operations. At the end of the program the student will be required to give a presentation to Murphy Brown and Alltech.

Sponsorship: Sponsorship, an hourly stipend, will be provided by Alltech. Housing will be provided by Murphy-Brown and will be located in Warsaw, NC.

Please submit application materials to:                                                                                         
Christina Phillips, Ph.D.                                                                      
Assistant Director of Production Research                                    

2. NCBA Convention Internship

A great networking opportunity for an upper‐level undergraduate or graduate student interested in the beef industry to assist with the 2013 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show February 4‐9, 2013.

Location: Tampa, FL

Application available: October 1 - November 4, 2012

For more information go to:          

3. Kalu Yala Internships

Kalu Yala is a budding eco-village project based in Panama City, Panama with operations in San Miguel and the Pacora River Valley. They offer dynamic and personalized course studie3s through their Intern Programs in Agriculture, Biology, Business, Community Outreach, Design/Build, Livestock, and Outdoor Recreation.

Information about Spring 2013 internships (pdf)

Information about Summer 2013 internships (pdf)

For fall, spring, and summer dates and deadlines, email

Follow intern blogs and learn more about Kalu Yala at

Study Abroad

1. Spring Break Study Abroad in Romania

Service-Learning Dairy Farm Experience

Spring Break 2013 - March 8 through March 17, 2013

Cost: $2,700 per person (with a minimum of 10 students)

Sponsored by the Purdue Dairy Club

For more information, please contact Tamilee Nennich (494-4823) or Mike Schutz (494-9478).

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