2020 Student Farm Internships

by | Oct 15, 2019 | Work Opportunity | 0 comments

The Student Farm at Penn State, University Park, is now offering paid opportunities for current Penn State students interested in working with the Student Farm in our fifth growing season! This is an exciting season as the farm is in the process of expanding from one to over three acres. Student farmers lead and participate in diversified vegetable, greenhouse, herb and cut flower production, harvest, marketing, community outreach, volunteer management, event planning, and more. Previous experience in relevant fields is welcome, but not as necessary as the motivation to learn and contribute to a positive work environment.

 

Responsibilities

Student farmers are the ambassadors to the farm. Essential roles include ensuring that safety, produce quality, and a fun work environment are maintained among co-workers, volunteers, Student Farm Club members, and courses that may visit and work on the farm. Farm activities that student farmers lead and participate in may include:

  • Attend weekly farm planning meetings on Monday mornings
  • Sow seeds in greenhouse and field, transplant plants in field
  • Manage production and recordkeeping including irrigation, fertilization, pest and weed management
  • Harvest, wash and market crops through our CSA and to campus dining
  • Work with community partners including food pantries, community gardens and area schools
  • Host and lead volunteers and other visitors at the farm
  • Drive a university vehicle

 

Internship Details

  • Pay is $11/hour
  • Spring Term: completion of an AGECO course during spring semester 2020
  • Summer Term: May 11-August 21, 35-40 hours/week, weekdays 7am-2pm with additional hours
  • Fall Term: August 24-November, 12-15 hours/week, internship reflection and presentation; good possibility to continue work in spring 2021
  • Work is primarily outdoors, with computer-based work including record keeping, event planning and blog writing

 

Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Able to prioritize and learn new tasks quickly, meet deadlines, and enjoy a fast-paced work environment
  • Able to work outdoors in varied weather and able to lift 50 pounds
  • Valid driver’s license; own transportation between the farm and campus is required

 

To apply, please upload cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to psu.jobs, job #91434

If eligible for workstudy, apply to job #91435

Application Deadline: November 26, 2019

Interviews will be held throughout Fall 2019   |   Contact Jess Chou at jzc5996@psu.edu with any questions