Seasonal Pollination Crew

Position Summary

Our Pollination Crew members work with the Squash & Pumpkin Breeding Team to accomplish peak field season tasks for our 6–8-acre winter squash, summer squash, and pumpkin breeding nursery. These tasks include hand pollinating, weeding, mulching, and performing other crop care as needed.

This is a temporary, full-time position, based at the Albion research farm, within the Breeding Department. The position starts June 25th and ends August 15th. The regular workday begins at 7:00 am and can last up to 8 or more hours, depending on weather and given workload. The Pollination Crew works over the weekend, but there is some potential for a flexible work schedule.


  • Hand pollination of pumpkin and squash, i.e., transferring pollen by hand from male to female flowers. This is a highly detailed task that requires focus and dexterity.
  • Vine training
  • Weeding and straw-mulching
  • Other work assigned by Plant Breeding Technician

Education / Experience

  • High school education
  • Agricultural experience is preferred but not required; training will be provided.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Punctual and dependable
  • Detail oriented
  • Energetic
  • Ability to pair speed with accuracy
  • Works well with others and alone
  • Legible handwriting is a must
  • Flexibility in schedule

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to bend, pull, and lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to walk and bend repeatedly
  • Capable of physically working outdoors, often in less-than-ideal weather conditions
  • Ability to work with honey bees and straw mulch
  • Excellent manual dexterity


  • Employee discount



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