Agronomy Operator - Heritage FS - Melvin, IL

The FS brand represents a standard of excellence for agricultural and energy-related products. It's the people who represent the FS brand that set it apart. As local cooperatives, FS Companies believe it is their responsibility to ensure that our earth, our communities, and businesses perform together, sustainably. FS Companies are committed to ensuring the continued profitability for the company, their owners, and their customers, while enacting to help the environment and greater good.


At Heritage FS, we take pride not only in our business, but in our people.  We offer a strong benefits package, featuring a defined benefit pension plan and 401k plan, as well as paid vacation and discretionary time for all full-time employees, and support for continuing education.  Heritage FS provides a full range of farm supplies and services, including agronomy, seed, fertilizer, fuel, financing, marketing advice and products.  We also offer a full-line of energy products such as gasoline, ethanol, biodiesel, diesel fuel, propane, and lubricants.


We’re a company with deep roots throughout our territory and we work to honor those communities through our high standards of business and by supporting numerous local events and projects.  We have a culture of hard work, dedication, and teamwork.  As a member-owned cooperative we take great pride in the work we do in our eleven-county territory because we live here, too.  Our customers are our neighbors and we don’t take that lightly.  We know we are stronger by hiring resourceful and considerate members of our communities.





Under the direction of the Location Manager, delivers products, communicates sales leads, custom applies fertilizers, crop protection products or aglime, inspects fields, and maintains or repairs equipment as needed.





Delivers products to customers according to company standards and to increase potential sales.  Communicates sales leads to their supervisor.


Blends products according to recommended rates and procedures.


Under appropriate supervision, applies crop production inputs to fields and growing crops according to recommended rates, procedures, and following all pesticide labels.  Records application data according to regulations and standards. 


Responsible for the inventory control and turns in application records on a daily basis.  Assures all product is accounted for with either an invoice or delivery ticket.


Sets up material handling, blending, storage, transport and application equipment for blending and delivery of products.  Repairs and rebuilds equipment as needed.





Responsible for maintaining company equipment according to company standards.


May serve on the location Safety Committee and adheres to the company environmental health and safety policies and training.


Performs buildings and grounds maintenance as assigned.


Performs other duties as assigned.





Normally requires a high school diploma or the equivalent thereof, and 2 years or more of related work experience to demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to safely operate sprayers, floaters, single or tandem axle trucks and other equipment and to meet company and DOT standards.


Must be able to get in and out of, as well as operate, all required vehicles and equipment.


Demonstrated core competencies including business knowledge, collaboration, communication, customer focus, decision making and skill development.


Must have a valid driver's license and maintain a satisfactory driving record.  Class A CDL preferred.


Must hold and maintain, or have the ability to obtain, all required pesticide or fertilizer licenses or certifications in states where crop production inputs are applied.  If applicable, responsible for renewing licenses or certifications as required and reporting status of licenses or certifications to the Location Manager.


Must pass the DOT physical and drug test prior to employment and continue to pass these tests anytime required thereafter while employed with the company.


Ability to work extended hours as business conditions warrant.


Must be able to lift a minimum of 60 pounds of product or equipment over your head and be able to position that product in any area required by a patron or supervisor.


Must be able to climb ladders, stairs and steps, walk on platforms, etc. at required heights to perform as required.


Occasionally exposed or required to: 

  • Extreme weather conditions (hot, cold, wet, etc.)
  • Noisy conditions
  • Working conditions may include dust, fumes, chemicals, and electrical hazards, requiring utilization of appropriate safety measures
  • May be required to work at varying heights




FS. Bringing You What's Next. We are an equal opportunity employer, including protected veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities. Employment may be contingent upon receipt of an acceptable and job-related background check, motor vehicle report, and/or reference check, as applicable and permissible by law.


Nearest Major Market: Kankakee
Nearest Secondary Market: Urbana

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