Animal Agriculture Management Associate - 2024 - Protein / Turkey - Harrisonburg, VA (273248)

Job Posted 8/23/2023
Harrisonburg, VA
United States
Category Farming Jobs
Job Description

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who use new technologies, dynamic insights and over 157 years of experience to connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.

Job Purpose and Impact

Your Role:

Connect to meaningful work. Feed the world. Achieve your higher purpose.

What if your ideas could nourish the world? As an associate, we transfer your knowledge and skills into profound experiences that positively impact our global community. From food to transportation, your innovative solutions, collaboration, and dedication will evolve industries to take on tomorrow's greatest challenges. And that's just the beginning. Because when your skills meet our unrivaled network and breadth of opportunity, your career is without bounds. Join our community to realize the impact of your work, help people around the world, and connect with something greater.

Key Accountabilities

Animal Agriculture Management Associate Position: 

This position is part of Cargill’s Turkey Protein Business and will support live-side turkey agricultural operations located in the United States. The Animal Agriculture Management Associate role enables you to become familiar with the workflow of live turkey operations and to develop knowledge of live production, including animal welfare, food safety, and overall production management. Associates will be trained in a number of areas to learn skills and gain knowledge necessary to succeed in an animal agriculture leadership role, often through firsthand exposure and extemporaneous opportunities.  

Your Work: 

By starting your career as an Animal Agriculture Management Associate, you will be taught basic skills necessary to understand live production, including growing variances, livability, grade, profit and loss analysis, feed production, breeder production, artificial insemination, hatching egg production, commercial production, employee relations, grower relations, fertility and hatchability, animal welfare, food safety, and overall production management. Our training program is designed to teach the various aspects of the business prior to placement in a role that aligns the candidate with operational needs.

Your Work Environment: 

  • This role involves physical activity in food, feed, farm, and/or agricultural processing environments which generally requires a moderate amount of exertion on a fairly regular basis – involving bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, reaching, working on irregular surfaces, and the occasional lifting of objects of 10-25 pounds. The work may also involve other exertions, conditions, or exposures (i.e. heat, cold, dust, etc.). 

  • Our culture focuses on Safety, Employee Engagement, Inclusion, & Innovation. 

  • Depending on the location, this role may require individuals to work different shifts including 2nd and 3rd shift hours.


Program Information

Our Benefits:

No matter who you are or where you are, we’ve designed our plans and programs to meet your needs. We want to help you take care of what’s needed for today and offer protection to help with tomorrow’s what-ifs.  You’ll have access to a wide variety of flexible and inclusive programs to meet your health, financial, and work/life needs to support you and help you thrive. Eligible programs and incentives include: 

  • Paid holidays and floating holidays 

  • Paid time off 

  • Comprehensive health care plans

  • Short term and long-term incentives 

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing program

  • Digital Learning Library

  • Retirement plans 

  • Paid time to participate in volunteer and community outreach opportunities 

  • Tuition reimbursement programs

  • Relocation benefits for those that qualify

Our Vibrant Community:

At Cargill, you will be a part of our vibrant global community with a culture that celebrates diversity. This is a reflection of the clients we serve and generates an intellectually diverse set of employees. Business Resource Groups (BRGs) help us embrace our diversity, make our culture more inclusive, and enhance our employees’ outstanding talents and perspectives to benefit our organization and employees.

Our U.S. Business Resource Groups include: 

Asian Alliance Network, Cargill Young Professionals Network, Cargill Ability Network (iCAN), Cargill Ebony Council, Group Responsible for Orienting and Welcoming (GROW), Hispanic-Latino Council, Cargill Pride Network, Veterans & Military Support Network, and Cargill Women’s Network.

Job Location:

  • Harrisonburg, VA


Required Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing or have recently graduated with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited program in an agriculture-related degree (including but not limited to animal science, poultry science, feed science, etc.) graduating between May 2022 – Summer 2024

  • Right to work in the U.S. that is not based solely on possession of a student visa or a visa sponsored by a third-party employer

  • Must be 18 years of age or older

  • Candidates must be geographically flexible and willing to relocate for an associate position opportunity to the following location: Harrisonburg, VA

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include nights, weekends, and holidays with advance notice 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)


Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.


United States