Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Exploration

The following career exploration days cover a wide variety of careers within the agriculture, food, and natural resources pathway.

Put yourself on the path to achieving your goals. Career fields in this pathway include: conservation, agriculture sales, veterinary medicine, precision agriculture, agronomy, landscaping, heavy equipment mechanics, natural resource preservation, and much more!

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Career Exploration Experiences

Come experience a day of learning how careers in agriculture have an impact on the future of feeding the world. You will understand the educational requirements needed in the fields of agricultural research, seed manufacturing and operational leadership.  Discover more about Bayer’s cutting-edge product development, from research to creating a final hybrid. If you are interested in crop science, supply chain manufacturing or people leadership, this would be a great opportunity for you! Cap of 20

Join us as we tour the Kinze Innovation Center and production facility, which showcases Kinze’s rich heritage and highlights the technology shaping the future of farming. We’ll highlight the many opportunities available in production fields such as welding, machine operation, assembly, powder-coat painting, and more. We will also cover agricultural sales, engineering, and advanced manufacturing career paths. Cap of 24.

As you evaluate career options and opportunities, job security and career diversity is something you probably have on your mind. The agriculture industry provides just that! Learn how the Stutsman sales team serves diverse sectors of the agriculture industry from local farmers and livestock producers, to feed mills and feed retailers. On top of engaging with agriculture sales representatives from agronomy, feed ingredients and manure equipment, you’ll take a tour of the Stutsman facility in Hills and hear from an agriculture marketing professional. If you are looking for a rewarding career helping people maximize their success with technology, problem solving, and communication/listening skills, make sure to join us for our ag sales discussion. Cap of 9.

Interested in a hands-on career where every day brings variety? Explore careers available within the Public Works Department. Public Works is a broad category of infrastructure projects conducted by the government for health and safety, recreation, and economic benefit for the greater community. Learn about the various jobs that make up a public works department, including water treatment and management, wastewater treatment and management, landscaping and ground maintenance, equipment maintenance, and general public works. Two locations will be visited during this shadow. Locations are two miles apart, so students need to be able to transport themselves from one location to the other.

Interested in Conservation but not sure what career? Attend the exploration session from Johnson County Conservation Board. Learn about career opportunities such as a conservationist, park ranger, environmental education and a natural resource manager (field botanist) all within the County Conservation Board.  Finish the day by touring projects under way at the County Park. Cap of 6.

Learn details about what it takes to operate a row crop farm. Modern day agriculture is highly technical. We collect a large amount of data from our tractors, combines and other farm equipment. We use this data to help us make farming more sustainable, raise more crops and remain profitable. Modern day farming involves technology, people management, sustainable production practices, agronomy and business decisions. Come spend a day on the farm and learn what it takes to run a successful operation. For students interested in the following careers: agronomy, farm manager, ag mechanic, diesel mechanic, and heavy machinery operator. Cap of 15.

Have you ever wondered where your drinking water comes from or why Iowa has so much limestone bedrock?  The Iowa Geological Survey (IGS) employs scientists who work at the forefront of solving problems that are critical to the safety and prosperity of all Iowans.  The IGS uses a variety of data sources and the latest technology to address issues related to the quality and quantity of groundwater, aggregate and mineral resources, geologic hazard mapping, and more.  Meet IGS staff and learn about careers in the earth sciences and research fields.

Central Park near Anamosa

Thinking about a career in conservation? Attend the Jones County Conservation Career Exploration Day to find out what park rangers, environmental educators, natural resource managers, and conservation directors do on a daily basis. Held April 28, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Are you interested in learning about organic farms and how organic food is produced? Learn the process for pasteurizing/processing organic dairy and natural food products at Farmers Creamery and Kalona Creamery. Gain insight on supply chain manufacturing and the unique small-batch pasteurization process for our Kalona Supernatural dairy products. Learn where the milk comes from and what happens to the products after they leave our creameries. Meet with quality managers and learn how chemical engineering plays a role in food production and quality testing. Multiple locations will be visited during this shadow. Students will need to transport themselves from one location to another (six miles apart). Cap of 5.

Explore the available STEM careers in the agriculture sector. If you know you’re interested in agriculture, but you just want to know what opportunities are available, then this is the perfect job shadow for you. Learn more about becoming an agricultural or environmental engineer, agronomist, and a specialist in livestock. Hosted in April or early May 2023 at the ISU research farm in Crawfordsville. Cap of 10.

Do you have an interest in the environment, resource conservation, or climate action? Learn how City of Cedar Rapids careers such as sustainability program manager, environmental specialist, city arborist, and transportation planner create sustainability products or services and/or strive to reduce the environmental impact of the City's processes and operations. Begin the job shadow in the City Hall Council Chambers, then take a tour outside near the river to learn about the inner workings of the flood wall and see how each career works to positively impact the environment.

Are you looking for a career where you can be out and about, not tied to an office? Do you like to be hands-on? Are you looking for a career where you can gain on the job training? Discover what it means to have a career as a heavy equipment mechanic, a fabricator (welder), a drilling service provider (for water wells) and a pump service provider. Observe a drill rig and a pump rig in action. Plus, learn about wells, aquifers and the importance of groundwater preservation.

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