College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Horticulture

Internship – Underwood Fruit & Warehouse Co

Dallesport, WA

Production Internship Opportunity

Underwood Fruit and Warehouse has created a production intern position that provides exposure to the practical aspects of cherry packaging. This position is best suited for students interested in learning food production/packaging management.

Underwood Fruit and Warehouse is the premier pear packing facility in the Columbia River Gorge. Our packaged products are retailed across the United States and exported around the world including Mexico and Asia.

This opportunity will be primarily located at The Dalles Fruit Company, our cherry packing facility in Dallesport Washington. Our facility is one of very few cherry packing operations that is 100% controlled by technology. All of our cherries are sorted by optical sorting systems leveraging the best that technology has to offer. Our company is progressive and technology driven.

If you are a college student that is technology minded and are studying one of the following disciplines then we want to talk to you.

  • Horticulture
  • Agriculture Economics
  • Agriculture engineering
  • General Business
  • General Business/Human Resource Management
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Food Science
  • Food Safety and Quality Assurance


  • Field Operations:
    • Harvest Forecasting
      • Work with field crew to understand raw product in flow to the facility.
    • Receiving
      • Tracking incoming fruit
      • Storing received fruit
      • Fumigation
      • Product rotation relating to production schedule
    • Front End of Production
      • Cluster cutting
      • Cherry sorting
      • Sorting labor
      • Sorting and Quality
    • Sizing
      • Equipment operation
    • Packaging
      • Bag machines
      • Templates
      • Box making
    • Warehousing
      • Orders, storing, retrieving and shipping
    • Production Planning
      • Sales and line planning
    • Quality Assurance
      • Primus audits
      • Warehouse considerations
    • Production paperwork and Cost Reporting
    • Office functions
      • Determining labor needs
      • Hiring process
    • Maintenance
    • Clean up/sanitation

Physical Demands and work environment:

  • Excellent physical health and stamina
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Majority of job will be inside a fresh fruit packing facility in an environment that subjects the candidate to weather maybe humid, wet and cold.
  • Ability to climb flights of stairs
  • Ability to work long hours while standing and walking

Experience and Education:

  • Since this is a training position designed for college students, it is expected that the intern will be enrolled in college with the plan to obtain a degree suitable to the management of an agribusiness.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to be a self-starter and work independently or on a team
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office including word and excel.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Solid analytical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to solve problems in a practical manner
  • Ability to deal with a variety of changing situations

Hours:            In excess of 40 hours a week. Cherry packaging season is an intense manufacturing schedule. Employees work in upwards of 12 hours a day for 7 days a week. The season lasts for 60 days.

Duration:       June through September. Underwood Fruit is flexible with the start and end date depending on school schedule.

Pay:                $12.50 per hour

Housing:         Housing is provided at no cost during the time of employment

Vehicle:          Intern must provide own transportation. Daily commute from the living quarters is 20 to 40 minutes depending on which facility the intern is directed to report to.

Application Deadline:                    4/1/2016


Underwood Fruit and Warehouse
6550 Hwy 14
Bingen WA 98605

To Apply:       Applicants are encouraged to email a cover letter and resume outlining their current course of study and applicable experience they may have to:
Troy Frostad

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