Position Description

Crop Insurance Agent Trainee - Washington
Location Washington - Yakima or Sunnyside
Requisition # 1573
# of Openings 1
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Northwest Farm Credit Services is actively recruiting to fill a Crop Insurance Agent Trainee position to work in one of our Washington branch locations. This position is available in our Lending and Insurance group.

As a member-owned financial cooperative, Northwest FCS helps business owners in agriculture, forestry and fisheries secure the financing they need to operate and grow, and the crop insurance they need to protect their livelihoods. Our customers are primarily located in the Pacific Northwest. Northwest FCS is a recipient of the 2019 Gallup Great Workplace Award and has been named a Best Place to Work four years running.

Here’s an overview of the Crop Insurance Agent Training Program:

  • Crop Insurance Agents help our customers mitigate risk, and develop in-depth knowledge and expertise about the diverse crops grown in the Northwest.  Unlike other insurance providers, our licensed agents focus solely on crop insurance. Agents are expected to maintain a high level of proactive marketing and portfolio management.

Minimum Qualifications for the Trainee Program with Northwest FCS include:

  • Status: Students must be of Senior or Graduate Student status.
  • Education: Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance, Ag Economics, Ag Business or related field.
  • Preferred coursework: Finance, Accounting, Economics, Farm and Ranch Management, Business Management, Marketing and related courses.
  • Skills: Strong communication, marketing, analytical and computer skills, and leadership ability demonstrated through involvement in extracurricular activities and outside work experience. An agricultural background is desirable.

Trainee positions are located in various branches throughout Washington. Our anticipated training locations for Washington include Sunnyside, Yakima, Moses Lake, Wenatchee or Pasco.

Northwest FCS employees are expected to become experts in their field. When you join us straight out of college, you’ll enter an extensive training program to jumpstart this process. Combining designated trainers and interaction with experienced professionals, coupled with farm visits, classroom training, networking opportunities and hands-on experience, you’ll be prepared to launch your career by the end of our training program.

As a trainee with Northwest FCS, you’ll likely have the opportunity to work in more than one of our locations. Upon completion of the Training Program, Northwest FCS makes every effort to place employees within their preferred areas, but cannot guarantee an exact match. Please be aware that trainees are assigned to their career start location where business needs exist; it’s important that candidates give this serious consideration before applying. Include your top three office location preferences (in our territory) in your cover letter when applying.

Interested applicants must include their transcripts (unofficial okay) in the application.

In addition to a comprehensive suite of core benefits designed to support employees at all career stages, Northwest FCS provides all regular employees with 24 paid hours annually to volunteer in their communities; a substantial employer match to our award-winning 401(k) plan; a bonus plan; generous paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; and financial assistance for adoptions. All employees also have access to robust learning opportunities including an Audible subscription and LinkedIn Learning. Jeans/appropriate casual is the standard dress code.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.

When you apply for a position with Northwest FCS, we collect personal identifiers (from your resume and other application information you submit), such as your name, email address, mailing address, telephone number(s) and employment and education related information. This helps us evaluate job applicants for hiring opportunities, and, communicate with them. 

To comply with federal regulations for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action (EEO/AA), we track our applicants by gender, race/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, and the position for which they applied. You will be presented with a voluntary self-identification form as part of this application; we wanted you to know why we collect this information and what we do with it.  Please be aware that this information is kept separate from your application, and not utilized in the selection process. 

For more information about the information Northwest FCS collects, please see the Northwest FCS California Privacy Policy.

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