Summer Internship Opportunity with University of Delaware Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program
Assist the Extension IPM Agent with planning and implementing Extension demonstrations and applied research projects. More specifically, responsibilities include:
• Assisting the IPM Agent and Extension Weed Specialist with projects demonstrating the role cover crops play in reducing slug injury on soybeans and the additional weed control benefits cover crops provide.
• Assisting the IPM Agent and Extension Plant Pathologist with demonstrating the role variety selection and foliar fungicides can have on reducing Fusarium Head Blight in wheat.
• Survey soybean fields throughout the state to monitor Kudzu bug expansion and to monitor insect pest populations so that growers can be alerted of potential pest outbreaks.
• Participate in a survey to document the incidence and severity of Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus (SVNV), a new disease of soybeans recently discovered in Delaware.
• Create educational materials such as Youtube videos, photo libraries, Extension Fact Sheets.
• Share demonstration and research results at grower meetings and field days.
• Assist the IPM Agent with conducting applied research on the management of various insect pests on vegetable and field crops.
Please contact Bill Cissel, Extension IPM Agent for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The IPM Intern works in an exciting and diverse work environment. In a given day the intern may scout an indoor/outdoor display or growing area for pests, help manage an aquatic environment, discourage nuisance wildlife pests, rear and release beneficial insects, hang pheromone traps to monitor invasive insect pests, or track growing degree days.
The intern will apply the three pillars of IPM: cultural, biological, and chemical control. He or she will use innovative technology to scout for pests, release beneficial insects, perform IPM educational programs for guests, and use various spray equipment to apply chemical pesticide treatments. Additionally the intern will conduct a research project that strengthens Longwood’s IPM program. The intern must obtain a pesticide applicator’s license and will apply pesticides with an emphasis on safety, focusing on the least toxic yet effective methods of control. The ability to lift 50 lbs, willingness to work in adverse weather conditions, and a valid driver’s license are required. On a given task he or she may work as part of a team, lead a group of students rotating through IPM, or work independently.
This is a 12 month internship. Housing and a stipend are provided.
The application deadline is February 1st. Application and program details are found at http://longwoodgardens.org/education/college-and-university-programs/internships-for-us-students.