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Environmental, Health & Safety Intern

Caro, Michigan, US
Closing date
Oct 1, 2021

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
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At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in biobased products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and perks including;

Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements

Safety and cold weather gear, and more!


Our 33 biorefining facilities produce 3 billion gallons of bioethanol, 14 billion pounds of Dakota Gold distillers grain animal feed and nearly 1 billion pounds of our Voila corn oil. That's a lot of product! We also provide plant-based products like CO2 for the food and beverage industry and purified alcohol for use in products ranging from food and beverage ingredients and personal care products to cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and industrial bioethanol. POET also produces JIVE, a product that contributes to more sustainable roadways by using plant-based ingredients to help recycle old asphalt. We also buy over 930 million bushels of corn per year from local producers. It is our role at POET Biorefining to ensure safe, efficient, and profitable operations at each facility.


The Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Intern will assist the POET Biorefining team supporting the safe/efficient operation of the biorefineries. The EH&S Intern will be responsible for analyzing data, developing reports, suggesting improvements, and facilitating the implementation of projects. The EH&S Intern must be able to effectively work in a team environment both on site with the operations team as well as with contacts at the biorefineries.



Assist with the operations oversight of POET biorefineries in the areas of injury prevention and safety program implementation.

Assist with analysis of and recommend improvements to biorefinery safety compliance programs.

Develop implementation plans for continuous improvement projects.

Travel to biorefineries will be required for training, project analysis, and meetings.

Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.

Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community.

Since we're all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skills may be put to a lot of other uses!



Junior or Senior level status pursuing a Bachelor's degree in a Science, Engineering or Health and Safety related program.

Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to adapt to change.

You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You're capable of learning new programs.


At POET we believe in recognizing team member contributions as they add value to the organization. Team member skills and contributions are frequently assessed and recognized through incentives and title progression. New team member titles and pay are determined considering their qualifications.


Culture is king at POET. We're all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren't just slogans on our walls. It's the way we do things at POET.

Team members will be required to adhere to all safety requirements at all times and in all work environments. This position is exposed to work in multiple environments, including plant, laboratory, as well as an office environment. The team member may be exposed to high noise levels, moving mechanical parts, dusty conditions, internal and external temperature/weather conditions, and chemicals.

Some travel may be required.

Specific physical requirements may include:Occasionally lifting weight up to sixty (60) pounds.

Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders.

Opening valves.

Occasionally bending, twisting and turning while lifting weight of less than fifty (50) pounds.

Data entry while seated for greater than one (1) hour.

Walking up to two (2) or more miles per day.

Pushing brooms, shovels, etc.

Working at heights, in confined spaces and at temperatures from -20 to +100 degrees.

Standing for extended periods of time.


POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.
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