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Student Farm
University Park Campus
Opportunity Type: 
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Join us for the fall growing season on the One Acre Student Farm! The Student Farm Initiative at Penn State is offering paid internship opportunities for current students interested in working for the farm, under the guidance of the program coordinator. For fall 2016, we are seeking up to eight part-time (12-15 hours/week) student farmers. Start and end dates are approximately September 1-December 1.


Student farmers are our ambassadors for the farm. Student farmers will oversee various aspects of production, harvest, and marketing. An essential role includes 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:

  • Sow seeds in greenhouse and field, transplant plants in field.
  • Manage production and recordkeeping including irrigation, fertilization, pest management and weeding.
  • Harvest and wash crops in a timely way for various markets.
  • Maintain the overall landscape of the site.
  • Market produce to individual and institutional customers.
  • Host volunteers and other visitors at the farm.

All interns must attend weekly farm planning meetings on Monday mornings. Some weekend and/or evening work may be required, and schedules will be adjusted according to the events and programs of the farm. Work is primarily outdoors, with some computer-based work including record keeping and writing occasional blog entries for the website. Own transportation to the student farm is required.


Applicants should have strong interpersonal and written communication skills, a demonstrated willingness to work in a team environment, and a strong work ethic. Applicants must also be quick learners and able to prioritize multiple projects, meet deadlines and enjoy a fast-paced work environment. Must be able to work outdoors in varied weather and be able to lift 50 pounds. Highest preference will be given to candidates who have an interest in sustainable agriculture and food systems, and can explain how this opportunity will help them to reach their career goals. Previous experience in food production or related fields is welcome but not as necessary as the motivation to learn and create a positive work environment.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Student Farm Coordinator Leslie Pillen, or via Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with interviews starting August 25, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. 

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