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Laboratory Internship – Pet Nutrition (St. Joseph, MO)

Are you a college student majoring in Science with a focus in Agriculture or Pet Food? Do you have an interest in Animal Feed or Animal Nutrition? Do you possess excellent leadership, multi-tasking, and communication skills? Are you ready to build your resume with real-world hands-on experience? If you said yes to these questions, we’d like to hear from you!

For a century, Wilbur-Ellis has experienced success and growth in marketing and distributing agricultural products and services. Join us and grow your career with a strong and profitable industry leader offering competitive compensation, tremendous growth and development opportunities, and a people-first work environment. Come grow with us!

General Purpose and Scope of Position:

Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition is seeking a Summer Laboratory Intern. Duties will include testing, data entry, supporting the Laboratory and projects and additional quality and research and development job duties.

Key Skills and Abilities Include:

  • Basic computer skills, Microsoft Word, and Excel knowledge
  • College student majoring in science, Biology or Chemistry fields preferred
  • Scientific understanding of basic concepts required
  • Functional lab experience helpful, but not required
  • NIR, HPLC, Oxidative Stability Instrument (OSI), Peroxide Values, Oxygen Bomb, CDR Foodlabs testing experience helpful, but not required
  • Ability to repetitively bend, kneel, stand, and sit for long periods of time
  • Dependability/reliability
  • Clerical and time management
  • Excellent attendance

Key Personal Attributes:

  • Excellent written and verbal, organizational, and presentation communication skills
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to set priorities
  • Skill in creative and critical thinking to achieve goals
  • Ability to remain detail-oriented with a wide range of responsibilities
  • Desire to learn about new things and openness to always improve
  • Self-starter that is punctual with a strong work ethic
  • Strong ability to be flexible and multi-task
  • Ability to build relationships with cross-functional team members

Specific Responsibilities and Key Deliverables Include:

  • Assist with ongoing team projects
  • Support the team with sample product testing including: weighing/preparing samples, reagent/media preparation, Oxidative Stability Instrument (OSI), Peroxide Values, Oxygen Bomb, SAF test, CDR Foodlabs, Loss on drying/moisture, mycotoxin testing, water activity, viscosity, density, sieve analysis, etc.
  • Assist with Environmental Monitoring Program
  • Assist with data interpretation
  • Documentation of testing in laboratory notebooks
  • Organize/maintain sample retains and retain room
  • Laboratory housekeeping and dishwashing
  • Clerical work and scanning for the ERP system, as needed
  • Comply with Food Safety Guidelines, Work Rules, SOPs, FDA and OSHA guidelines as well as Federal and State laws governing the workplace.
  • Documentation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and training creation on SOP’s
  • Maintenance/editing/creation of Specification Sheets
  • Assistance with method development for laboratory testing
  • Submit a final project and 15-minute PowerPoint presentation of the internship to the leadership

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive hourly wage commensurate with experience and other factors 
Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition, LLC is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, and is a marketer and distributor of value-added feed ingredients in North America and Asia-Pacific. Wilbur Ellis provides feed solutions to our customers and suppliers in the Livestock, Pet Food, and Aquaculture Industries. Providing a complete supply chain, including logistics, warehousing, and customer service, in addition to expertise in import/export and regulatory, sets Wilbur-Ellis apart from our competitors. We understand the importance of providing on-time delivery of specified products and honoring our commitments to suppliers and customers.


Wilbur-Ellis is a company you can be proud to call your employer

Wilbur-Ellis markets and distributes agricultural products, animal feed, specialty chemicals, and food ingredients. A privately held and consistently profitable company, we employ more than 4,000 people throughout North America and Asia-Pacific.

Wilbur-Ellis is for and about people

Wilbur-Ellis has enjoyed over 100 years of success and growth, all thanks to our people. Our employees are both leaders and team players who thrive on creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and a dedication to quality work, our customers, and each other.

Wilbur-Ellis invests in the industry’s best workforce

Wilbur-Ellis invests heavily in our employees by offering skill development and training, competitive compensation and benefits, and a tradition of promoting from within for a broad range of career opportunities. And we foster a supportive, people-first work environment.