The Student Farm at Penn State is now offering paid opportunities for current students interested in working for the Student Farm in our second growing season! Student farmers will learn about farm production, harvest, product marketing, community engagement, 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 management and weeding; harvest and wash crops in a timely way for various markets; market produce to individual and institutional customers; maintain the overall landscape of the site; host and lead volunteers and other visitors at the farm.
Internship Hours and Duration:
2017 spring and fall semesters (12-15 hours/week), with optional summer term (20 hours/week); work is primarily between 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., with occasional weekend, afternoon or evening work required; work is primarily outdoors, with some computer-based work including record keeping and blog writing; upon hire, interns must work with the Plant Science department to register for a one-credit internship (AGECO 495), which will provide key readings and reflection that enhance the overall internship experience.
Strong interpersonal and written communication skills; able to prioritize multiple projects, quickly learn new tasks, meet deadlines, and enjoy a fast-paced work environment; able to work outdoors in varied weather and able to lift 50 pounds with or without accommodation; highest preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in sustainable agriculture and food systems, and can explain how this opportunity will help them to reach their career goals; own transportation to the farm is required.
To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with interviews starting January 9, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.