Available Positions

Account Managers

Burrus is seeking experienced and energetic sales professionals to join our team servicing growers in specific portions of our territory. The Account Manager position is a member of the Burrus sales team, responsible for the growth, development, and management of a territory consistent with the overall strategy of the Burrus organization. The selected candidate will work closely with a Field Agronomist in the territory and report directly to their Regional Sales Manager.

Please submit your resume to Burrus Seed Farms:
Burrus Bros. and Assoc. Growers
200 Capitol Way
Jacksonville, IL 62650

Welcome! We appreciate your interest in becoming a member of the Burrus detasseling crew. It’s a fantastic way to earn money, learn life-long work skills, and be part of a team effort. Please review the basic things to know, and questions we commonly receive.

How to Apply

For your employment to be possible, we need the following items:

  • Completed application
  • I-9 form
  • Either a school ID, report card, driver’s license, or State of Illinois ID card
  • Either a Social Security card or a a birth certificate (raised seal not mandatory)
How to Contact Burrus with Questions



Common Questions

How do I know when I’m supposed to start working?

We will call you and hire you when we plan to detassel. Everything depends on the weather and when the corn is ready. So, there is no set date when detassseling actually begins.

What time do I tell my ride to pick me up?

There is not a specific time you will be done. However, you will work no later than 2:30p. When you are finished for the day, you will ride a bus to return to the bus pick up point. You then may call your ride to notify that person.

What if I miss a day or get sick?

If you are aware that you cannot be here, please call 217.997.5511 and alert us. Or, please tell your area supervisor when that person calls roll.

If you are ill, please call 217.997.5511 and notify us before 7:00 am that morning.

Why did my friend get a call to work and I didn’t?

If you have submitted all of the correct paperwork, there is simply not a work need at the moment. Many different factors go into our hiring process, none of which are personal. Most likely we will be calling you shortly.

What are your office hours?

7:00a - 4:30p, Monday - Friday.

Important Things to Know

Rain Gear

The corn can be very wet in the morning from dew or rain. Many detasselers wear rain gear in the mornings to stay dry and warm, then remove it as the day progresses and the corn dries.

Lunch Boxes

You are responsible for providing your own lunch. Many detasselers bring their lunch in a small cooler so the can use the cooler to sit on while they eat.


Water is provided at the fields, but we recommend that you also bring your own.


There is little to no shade, we we highly recommend that you bring and wear sunscreen.


Wear old clothes and closed-toe shoes. We suggest that you dress in layers.


It is a requirement that you bring and wear your Burrus hat. You will receive a Burrus hat on your first day of work, with the first hat being free. If you lose or misplace your first hat, you may purchase another hat.

Good luck — we look forward to working with you!

We have filled all of our 2024 internship positions, please fill out an application at your convenience to be considered for an internship in 2025. Apply here.

To inquire about dealership availability, please use the following contact information:

Burrus Seed

Or contact your nearest Burrus Sales Manager.



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