Scholarship Offered to New Jersey College Students

A $500 scholarship will be awarded this summer to a New Jersey student majoring in natural resource conservation, environmental science or a related field of study, announced the Firman E. Bear Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). The Edward R. Hall/Robert R. Hanna Scholarship is awarded annually to acknowledge NJ college students for their academic and personal accomplishments in the field of conservation and/or natural resources.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2018 postmark

To qualify for the scholarship, an applicant must be:
• a full-time student in good standing at any New Jersey accredited university/college, or a New Jersey resident attending any accredited out-of-state university/college; and
• an undergraduate enrolled in a curriculum related to natural resources, including but not limited to: agriculture, agronomy, conservation, ecology, environmental science, fisheries, forestry, geography, journalism, plant science, soil science, and/or wildlife. Other areas related to conservation may also qualify; and
• have successfully completed at least two semesters of study.

TO APPLY: Go to to download application form, complete and postmark by April 30, 2018 and mail to:

Firman E. Bear Chapter, SWCS
220 Davidson Ave, 4th floor
Somerset, NJ 08873

The scholarship winner will be announced by June 15, 2018.

Firman E. Bear is the New Jersey Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). Mission: The Soil and Water Conservation Society fosters the development and application of science- based policies and practices for managing soil, water, and related natural resources in order to achieve sustainability.

Career Services Event

1) What room in Trabant – The MPR rooms
2) How should students prepare? – Students should bring copies of their resume, feel free to drop in to the Career Services Center between 2-4pm M-F or make an appointment to have your resume reviewed beforehand, and can go to for networking tips. Preregistration is strongly encouraged (but not required) via handshake at
3) How should students dress? – Suggested dress code is business casual
4) Who will be there?- Students can view the employer list here. There are 20 employers registered including Perdue, Winterthur, DNREC, Mountaire, Center for Growing Talent by PMA, Peace Corps, & USDA (NRCS)
5) What can students expect to get out of the event? – Students will have the opportunity to network and learn about future employment opportunities, such as internships & jobs, with attending employers. It will be a great chance for both students who are currently looking for jobs and internships as well as students who want to explore what opportunities may exist for them post grad.

Winter Term Job Shadow Program

Participate in UD’s Winter Term Job Shadow Program to gain invaluable experience over winter session!

The job shadowing program allows students to learn more about various professions, receive career-related advice, and reflect on the ways in which your education can prepare you for life after college. Job shadowing may include workplace tours, meeting with key members of an organization, and involvement in daily workplace activities. The job shadowing experience will last for a minimum of six hours during one business day and can be extended to two business days if mutually agreed upon. Shadowing experiences are not paid.

Shadow these Agriculture Professionals Over Winter Session: 

Sustainability – University of Delaware | Newark, DE | Apply here by 11/8:

Energy Trading – Constellation | Baltimore, MD | Apply here by 11/8:

Food Science R & D – Lassonde Pappas | Carneys Point, NJ | Apply here by 11/8:

Students must submit resumes and letters of interest between Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – Wednesday, November 8, 2017 through Handshake. Students will be notified of matches and provided with the contact information of their hosts by Wednesday, November 16, 2017.

Any questions can be directed to Ryan Fuller at

Leader Development for Agriculture Students 2017 AFA Leaders Conference Theme Announced

When you bring together talented, motivated young minds, they will push each other to even greater heights. Those who are intrapreneurial – innovating wherever they are – never settle for the status quo. Instead they continue building and pushing for the next breakthrough.

This concept ideals prompted the Agriculture Future of America student leaders to select the theme “Soar: Reach New Heights” for the 2017 AFA Leaders Conference.

“’Soar: Reach New Heights’ means to take on new opportunities, expand your horizons and go above and beyond in areas where you didn’t think you were capable,” said Max Mielke, AFA Student Advisory Team member from Washington State University.

This year’s event will be Nov. 2-5 in Kansas City, Missouri. College students are selected to attend this 4-Track Conference program through a competitive application process. Each Track corresponds to a student’s year in school and previous Conference attendance. Track 1 is all freshman students; Track 2 is sophomore and junior students; Track 3 juniors and seniors and Track 4 seniors. Each Track is built around a core AFA leader development competency:  self-assessment, communication, change management and lifelong learning.

“With all of us coming together and working together for common goals, we can really reach new heights within agriculture and grow personally and professional to make our industry the best it can possibly be,” said Jaime Luke, AFA Student Advisory Team member from the University of Missouri.

Industry sponsorship applications are now open to students pursuing careers in agriculture and food. Sponsorship covers program registration, curriculum materials, lodging and meals. Travel is not included. Applications for Tracks 1-3 are due Sept. 11. To learn more about Conference, or to access the application, visit

Student application eligibility requirements: 

  • Recommended 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Undergraduate student status
  • Age 17-25
  • Attending a four-year institution or articulate plans to obtain a four-year degree
  • Possess a passion for agriculture
  • Plans to pursue a career in agriculture

This year, AFA will select 800 students from across the nation to attend Conference. Last year’s delegation represented 43 states and 88 colleges and universities. Delegates gain valuable experience and relationships through opportunities to network with each other and industry professionals. Conference boasts a 3:1 student to industry professional ratio. The AFA Opportunity Fair, held in conjunction with Conference, allows students to explore internship, job, study abroad and graduate school opportunities.

NatureFresh Summer Intern Position

NatureFresh is seeking a summer intern to join their Greenhouse Education Center Team.  To apply, login to Handshake and select Job # 673268 Greenhouse Education Center Team Member.

In A Nut Shell – If you think you can sell ice to Eskimos, then this summer job is for you. We are on a mission to increase fresh produce consumption across North America and need like-minded people to join our team to promote our message. With a simple message of “Do you know where your produce comes from and how it is grown?” as the icebreaker, the icing on the cake is showing them how we grow at NatureFresh™ Farms. Standing in front of the Greenhouse Education Center is an awesome experience that helps change people’s perceptions of how greenhouse produce is grown. Spend 5 minutes with a customer and you can create a connection that lasts a lifetime. Up for the job? Love to travel and see new parts of the country? This will be a summer to remember and will look great on your resume!

Training – Apply what you have learned in school to real life situations; get the practical experience you are looking for to build your skillset. We will train you in our state of the art greenhouse facilities in Ontario & Ohio to prepare you for your summer adventure!

Education – Currently enrolled or recently graduated from an accredited College or University in USA/Canada studying in the fields of Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture, Agri-Science, Agri-Business, Marketing Communications or related field of study.

Position Requirements – An outgoing individual who can engage with the public to educate them about the value & how greenhouse vegetables are grown; must be a team player that can also work autonomously; strong communication & interpersonal skills with the ability to articulate an idea is essential; socially connected and digitally savvy with an ability to create conversation; strong MS Office & social media skills with previous customer service employment experience is an asset.

Primary Function – An integral member of the Greenhouse Education Center (GEC) Street Team that assists with the execution of Event Day Operations to promote the GEC to the general community; to encourage people to eat more fresh produce; engages with retail store employees/customers & general consumers to educate them on how greenhouse vegetables are grown.

The Nature Conservancy- Job Opening

The Nature Conservancy in Maryland/DC is currently hiring an Agricultural Specialist to be part of our conservation team on the Eastern Shore.  This is a terrific opportunities to make significant contributions to conservation and agriculture in the mid-Atlantic and beyond.

The Agricultural Specialist is a mid-level position that will join a diverse team of conservation professionals aimed at working collaboratively with agricultural, industry, government, and conservation partners to identify and implement projects that will improve water quality and habitat in a way that supports regional agriculture.  The Agricultural Specialist will facilitate meetings, trainings, and outreach efforts of the Chesapeake 4R Alliance, a collaboration among agribusinesses, farmers, government agencies, conservation groups and scientists working to ensure that every nutrient application on Delmarva is consistent with the 4Rs – the right nutrient source, applied at the right rate, at the right time, in the right place and seek opportunities to advance priority actions identified by the Alliance.  They will address critical threats to natural systems, foster cross-site learning among Chesapeake 4R Alliance partners, and implement collaborative solutions with the agriculture community to achieve water quality and habitat outcomes.  The Agricultural Specialist will coordinate multiple projects, set deadlines, and manage projects to completion.

The full job announcement can be found here: