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Corteva Agriscience Research Assistant in Johnston, Iowa


Calling all insectary and entomology connoisseurs! If interest in insects and love for all living creatures describes you, this is a role you must consider.

Corteva Agriscience has an exciting opportunity for an Insectary Research Assistant to join our team at our seeds corporate headquarters in Johnston, IA. In this role, you will aid in the production of insects and maintenance of insect colonies for research purposes. The Insectary Research Assistants are responsible for following established methods for the production of multiple insect species, maintenance of insect colonies, supplies, equipment, and work areas. You may also be involved in assisting with experiments and research.

Who are we, and what do we do?

At Corteva Agriscience, we grow progress by putting farmers and consumers at the heart of agriculture, to help reshape the industry for the 21st century. We believe that the future of farming depends on aligning the food chain from end to end, so that we can work together to build agriculture into an industry that is more financially secure, sustainable, innovative and responsive. We are helping to shape an industry better able to understand and react to global market demands, that can effectively harness science, technology and innovation to optimize productivity, and which has the know-how and resources to help chart its own long-term success in the face of challenge and change.

We care about you and we care that you're comfortable.While there's no place like home, Corteva comes close.

Our Community:

Des Moines, Iowa is the fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the Midwest with a nationally ranked high quality of living. It’s nicknamed the Silicon Prairie for its place as an up-and-coming hot spot for technology. Living here means Saturdays at the nationally renowned Downtown Farmers' Market, sporting events, a robust downtown night life and access to one of the most artistic medium sized cities. If you enjoy the outdoors, Des Moines offers beautiful nature trails for a casual walking, running or biking adventures.

It means going to a job you love and coming home to a community of friends and family. Communities care about their residents and residents care about their communities, making a difference for everyone who lives here. This is a place where culture flourishes and opportunities grow, where a work-life balance can be achieved, where education is unmatched, and award-winning arts and entertainment are right around the corner.

Our Campus:

Our Johnston, Iowa campus is home to 2,500 employees whose mission is simple – to feed the world. While our employees are busy working to solve world hunger and ensure environmental sustainability, we’re taking care of them by offering convenience and comfort during the workday with an onsite fitness center, coffee shop and top-notch cafeteria touting a grill, deli, fresh salad bar and a variety of healthy menu options. Need some fresh air during your work day? Take advantage of our beautiful, tree-lined walking trails or relax by the pond. We also offer countless opportunities to connect with your colleagues through community volunteerism, sports teams and parties, and holiday events. Did we mention you’ll be working in state-of-the art buildings with the latest technology with colleagues from all over the world? Join us in bringing food into homes around the world, while we make you feel at home while you’re at work.


Let’s peek at how you can grow your wellbeing, health, and future at Corteva!

  • Strike a better work-life balance with robust time offbenefits including paid maternity, paternal and family illness leave.

  • Prepare for your future with our competitiveretirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement program, and more.

  • Enjoy access to health benefits for you and yourfamily on your first day of employment.

  • And much, much more!

Responsibilities – What You Will Do:

How will you help us grow? It matters to us, and it matters to you!

  • Ensure that all material necessary for rearing insectcolonies is prepared properly and on time.

  • Perform tasks of all aspects of insect colony tasks,such as daily maintenance, diet preparation, egg collection, weekly productionsetup, insect staging, sanitation, etc.

  • Assist with miscellaneous tasks such as cleaning,handling, packaging and storing facility supplies/materials/equipment.

  • Operate and maintain complex equipment in support ofexperiments conducted within a research project.

  • May overseeing and/or direct the work of others.

  • Compile and record information, sometimes usingcomputers.

  • Write experimental reports, summaries and protocols.


Requirements – Who You Are:

What expertise have you grown? What do you bring tothe table?

You are eager to work for a company like Corteva that values your growth and development #GrowWhatMatters!

  • You have a High School Diploma/GED or higher.

  • You understand standardization is important toefficient operations and are able to read, understand, and follow protocols.

  • You know that job stability is directly tied toremaining a viable business and serving our customers, so you are willing andable to work a few hours occasionally on weekends when needed.

  • You like being active and are willing and able to workin a variety of environments, including hot and cold conditions.

  • You have interest in insects and biological systems.

  • You enjoy working effectively with others and haveexperience working in teams.


  • Associates or Bachelor's in Entomology.

  • Insect rearing experience.

  • Experience working in pet shops or zoos.

  • Experience caring for animals and creatures.

  • Experience working in a lab environment.

Ready to grow your perspectives,impact and career? Start by applying to this opportunity today!

Corteva Agriscience ™, the world's first dedicated agriculture start-up, serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what's right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.


Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class. If you need a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit: Accessibility Page for Contact Information For US Applicants: See the 'Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law' poster For our U.S. Affirmative Action Policy, click here