Labor department plans seed company job fair, older-worker workshop

July 9, 2013 

The Idaho Department of Labor plans two events for job-seekers Tuesday, July 16 — a Boise workshop for older workers and a Caldwell job fair to find seasonal workers for a large Parma-based seed company.

The older-workers event will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the labor department’s Boise office, 219 W. Main. It aims to help workers 50 or older who were laid off during the recession or are looking to rejoin the work force.

For more information contact department Labor Consultant Bud Swanson at (208) 332-3575 ext. 3817 or bud.swanson@labor.idaho.gov.

In Canyon County, vegetable seed processor Nunhems USA will hold a a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon July 16 at the Idaho Department of Labor’s Canyon County office, 4514 Thomas Jefferson St. in Caldwell.

The company wants to hire seasonal conditioning operators at a starting rate of $9.50 an hour for its plant in Parma. Drug screens will be required of final job candidates. Seed conditioning removes debris and other unwanted material from seed crops and prepare the seeds to customer specification. Operators run the equipment that conditions the seeds.

The Nunhems Parma complex exapanded in 2010, enlarging the site to 60 acres and increasing staff by 50, bringing the total to about 150. It is one of two research centers for the company; the other is in the Netherlands.

Nunhems is a subsidiary of the Netherlands-based Bayer CropScience AG, a global specialist in vegetable genetics and services. The 100,000 square foot plant in Canyon County is one of three headquarters for the international seed company, which also has major plants in the Netherlands and India, plus satellite plants in Chile, Germany and China.

The company has a portfolio of 28 seed crops, including leek, onion, carrot, melon, cucumber, tomato, lettuce and pepper.

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