Interns assist researchers in the layout and establishment of research plots, routine
plot maintenance, data collection, laboratory analysis and summarization.
Two long term experiments are the focus of research within in the Soil Health
Department. The Farming Systems Trial compares a chemically intensive farming system
and two biologically based systems that rely on complex crop rotations, overseeding,
legumes and animal manure to provide nitrogen and weed control. The second long term
cropping system experiment compares several different types of compost to chemical
fertilizer and animal manure.
Within these two major field experiments, intern will help us investigate plant and soil
characteristics, weed dynamics, nitrogen cycling and soil biology.
Interns will gain practical experience in agricultural research principles and
methodology and should expect to work closely with the staff in a team approach. This
is a good position for a student with a B.S. in biology or agriculture who is planning
to go on for an M.S. or Ph.D.
Specific duties include assisting staff with: 1) field plot layout, 2) soil, plant and
grain sampling, 3) sample processing, 4) laboratory analysis work, 5) computer data
entry, 6) summarizing data, 7) field plot maintenance and 8) other assignments as
directed by the supervisor.
Three internship positions are available, each lasting from seven to nine months from
March/April/May through December/January. A background in Biology, Ecology,
Microbiology, Soils or Agriculture and some training and/or experience in biological or
agricultural research is necessary. A Bachelor of Science degree is recommended, but
Interns are paid $6.50 per hour. Interns are responsible for obtaining their own
housing. Lists of local housing opportunities are available from Rodale Institute.
To apply, please contact Peggy Wagoner, Soil Health Department, Rodale Institute
Experimental Farm, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA 19530.
Telephone: FAX: E-mail:
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