Seasonal Pollination Crew Member

Position Summary

The 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 with the Breeding Department. The position starts June 24th 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. Work weeks can vary but typically average 40 hours. 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

  • All levels of education are welcome to apply.
  • 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

  • Physical fitness is important; this job requires much walking and bending.
  • Ability to bend, pull, and lift up to 50 pounds.
  • 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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