Posted by Willy Franzen on April 11, 2012. Positions below updated every five minutes.
|Research Associate I, Molecular Biology||Watsonville, CA|
|Plant Pathologist Research Scientist||Watsonville, CA|
|Administrative Assistant IV||Watsonville, CA|
|Research Organic Agronomist III||Aromas, CA|
|Forecast Coordinator II||Watsonville, CA|
|Global Internal Communication Program Manager||Watsonville, CA|
|Sensory Analyst||Watsonville, CA|
|Administrative Assistant - Sales||Watsonville, CA|
|Vice President, Global Tax||Watsonville, CA|
|Raspberry Pre-Breeder||Watsonville, CA|
In my fiancée’s mind there is no better dessert than fresh berries and whipped cream. I’d probably add a piece of chocolate cake to that, but the biggest variable in the equation is almost always the berries. Good berries, whether they’re strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or snozberries, taste better than candy, while bad berries often taste like dirt. Since I share Jerry Seinfeld’s feeling that fruit is a gamble, I’m not particularly brand conscious, but checking my refrigerator tells me that my most recently purchased strawberries are from Driscoll’s. They’re a Watsonville, CA based berry purveyor that has been family owned and operated for more than 100 years.
The fruit business is tough. Many people see fruit as a commodity, but it most certainly isn’t. We often attribute especially good or bad fruit to randomness, but the truth is that there are a lot of inputs that determine quality. While Driscoll’s doesn’t actually farm the berries that they sell (they partner with independent farmers to do so), they do everything they can to ensure quality and maintain their position as a premium berry purveyor. It’s a surprisingly complicated process to get delicious berries into the hands of consumers all across the world, which means that you’ll find all kinds of jobs on Driscoll’s Careers page. Some opportunities that look well suited for new or recent grads include:
If you love berries, then Driscoll’s would be a wonderful place to start your career.
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What’s your favorite kind of berry?