Part-time Employment Opportunities

Are you looking for a part-time job? Do you like to work outside? Iowa Crop Improvement Association is currently accepting applications for field inspectors for summer or fall inspection seasons.

How do you know if you’re qualified for this position? Our inspectors come from diverse backgrounds including teachers, homemakers, and farmers. Some are retired from those positions. We look for ambitious men and women from many areas of the state. Inspectors are paid an hourly wage plus mileage.

If you have the willingness to learn, communicate well, pay attention to detail, and can manage your own schedule, we would like to talk to you. Please contact Graydon Marzen at (515) 294-6923 if you are interested in this opportunity. Click on the link below for an application. The application can be submitted to ICIA by mail or e-mail. Please respond by June 1 for summer employment or August 1 for fall employment.

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Summer/Fall Internship

Internship Dates

Summer: May through August 2023.

Summer-Fall: May through December 2023.

Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) is the official seed certifying agency for the State of Iowa. The mission of ICIA is to provide an unbiased source of service and education in production and quality assurance for Iowa agricultural crops. As part of ICIA’s statewide initiative, the program manages the Iowa Crop Performance Tests (ICPT), the official variety trials for the State of Iowa.


Interest in learning more about the seed industry.

Must be a flexible individual willing to spend time in the office and in the field.

Dependable transportation, and a valid driver’s license are necessary.

Word and Excel experience required.

Summer – Fall requires CDL and plot combine operation. ICIA could assist in obtaining CDL.


The intern’s primary role will be split between two projects, supporting the ICPT through planting, as well as assisting ICIA staff with the certification process. This includes seed counting, packaging, and layout, plot planter operation, inspecting fields, preparing materials for field inspector trainings, maintaining inspection records and computer data entry. Certification offers the opportunity to work with many field crops including corn, soybean, oats, native seed production and weed free forage, whereas ICPT will offer exposure to many aspects of corn and soybean variety trials. Earning college credit as well as the possibility of taking online classes during the internships will be considered.


The internship is based in Ames, Iowa.


The intern position is typically 40 hours per week. Paid time and a half over 40 hours. A typical internship consists of 50% office and 50% field work. Overtime and weekend work to be expected. May, July, and October will require longer hours. Occasionally an overnight stay away from Ames.


For more information about this position, contact Graydon Marzen at 515-294-6923. Send resume and cover letter to

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