Soil Health interns will be working with Rodale Institute soil health
investigating and developing regenerative cropping systems.
The purpose of the internship is to provide assistance to the Soil Health
carrying out soil and crop research while providing interns with
in agricultural research techniques.
Interns assist researchers in the layout and establishment of research
plot maintenance, data collection, laboratory analysis and summarization.
Two long term experiments are the focus of research within the Soil
The Farming Systems Trial compares a chemically intensive farming system
biologically based systems that rely on complex crop rotations,
overseeding, legumes and
animal manure to provide nitrogen and weed control. The second long term
compares several different types of compost to chemical fertilizer and
Within these two major field experiments, interns will help investigate
plant and soil
characteristics, weed dynamics, nitrogen and carbon cycling and soil
Interns will gain practical experience in agricultural research
methodology and should expect to work closely with the staff in a team
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, 3) laboratory analysis work,
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
March/April/May through December/January. A background in Biology,
Microbiology, Soils or Agriculture and some training and/or experience in
or agriculture is necessary. A Bachelor of Science degree is
recommended, but not
Interns are paid $6.50 per hour. Interns are responsible for obtaining
housing. Lists of local housing opportunities are available from Rodale
To apply, please contact Peggy Wagoner, Rodale Institute Experimental
Health Department, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA 19530.
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