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Burrus Seed Research Coordinator

We are currently seeking applicants for the role of Research Coordinator. Please submit resumes to:

Research Coordinator job description.

Seasonal Harvest Help

We are currently hiring part-time help for our upcoming harvest season. No experience needed, various hours and role available.

  • Starting pay $11.25/hour
  • Work dates approximately August 19 to October 31
  • 6 days per week, weather permitting

To apply, visit Burrus Labor LLC at 826 Arenzville Rd., Arenzville, IL or call 217.997.5511.

Join the Burrus Team

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

Burrus Seed
826 Arenzville Rd.
Arenzville, IL 62611-9604

Burrus Seed - Jacksonville Office
200 Capitol Way
Jacksonville, IL 62650


Detasseling extension: 271   /   If you will be absent: extension 254

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 217.997.5577, extension 271 or 254, and alert us. Or, please tell your area supervisor when that person calls roll.

If you are ill, please call 217.997.5577, extension 271, and notify us before 7:00a 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?

8:00a - 4:00p, 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 are now accepting applications for summer internships in 2022. Apply here.

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

Burrus Seed

Or contact your nearest Burrus Sales Manager.


They do it for their quotas. We do it for your farm. Burrus

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