Student Farm and On-site Internship Coordinator
North Carolina State University, Organic Unit, Center for Environmental
Farming Systems, Goldsboro, North Carolina Coastal Plain Region
March 2000 though October 2001
Salary: Dependent on experience
Contact: Nancy Creamer, NCSU Horticultural Science, Box 7609, NCSU, Raleigh,
NC, 27695-7609, 919.515.9447. email@example.com
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) is dedicated to
developing farming systems that are environmentally, economically, and
socially sustainable. Established in 1994 at the North Carolina Department
of Agriculture Cherry Farm near Goldsboro, the Center has over 2,000 acres
(1,000 cleared). At the CEFS Organic Unit, research, extension, and
education activities are ongoing on the 80 acres currently certified for
CEFS is a partnership among North Carolina State University, North Carolina
A&T State University, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services, non-governmental organizations, and other state and federal
agencies, farmers and citizens.
Funding is available to initiate a student internship program at CEFS.
Students may choose a production, research, or extension focus within an
overarching teaching and experiential program in sustainable agriculture.
In an intensive summer program, student interns will also develop a
Demonstration Farm to produce organic fruits and vegetables, conduct summer
research projects, and facilitate demonstration and training in sustainable
production practices for a wide range of audiences. The position advertised
will coordinate on-site production activities and supervise student interns.
The On-site Coordinator will prepare the site, begin production, and manage
a new 15-acre organic farm at CEFS. A principle activity of the
Coordinator will be the instruction and supervision of student interns who
will plant, care for, and market organically grown horticultural crops.
Farm management requirements will include transplant production, fertility
management, composting, irrigation, pest management, and equipment
operation. A wide range of equipment is available for use.
Farm production and/or market gardening experience is required. The
qualified individual must have excellent interpersonal skills and be capable
of both receiving instruction in and providing hands-on training about
sustainable and organic agriculture. The applicant should be a
self-starter who enjoys working outdoors and is interested in learning about
new techniques of sustainable crop production. The applicant should possess
the ability to organize, coordinate, and supervise the activities of
numerous individuals; and, therefore, some experience in a supervisory
capacity is desirable. An undergraduate degree and/or formal training in
the agricultural, biological, or environmental sciences is preferred, but
not required. North Carolina State University is an Equal Opportunity and
Affirmative Action Employer.
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