Paid Internship Working with Real Blue Hens

This summer, the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will offer (2 – 3) students the opportunity to get a paid, hands-on learning experience with live blue hens from the UD flock!

These students will work with the birds on the UD farm starting in the summer in order to be ready to have the birds on display and educate the public on blue hens at six UD home football games in the fall at the President’s tent.

Students must be able to commit to working a minimum of three hours at each of the UD home games slated for:

Thursday, August 31;
Saturday, September 16;
Saturday, September 30;
Saturday, October 14;
Saturday, October 21; and
Saturday, November 11.

Students interested in working with blue hens over the summer and educating the public on all the facts surrounding Delaware’s state bird in the fall should e-mail Bob Alphin at or call (302) 831-0825.

2017 Tour of the Poultry Industry

April 21, 2017 
7:30 am -5:00 pm Leaving from Townsend Hall

This is an opportunity to learn about the poultry industry and how broilers (chickens) are raised for meat. The tour will visit:

  • Perdue Farms hatchery (hatching over one million chicks per week)
  • Broiler farm (chance to visit the birds in a broiler house)
  • Broiler processing plant (learn about food safety)

You will also have the chance to meet with Perdue Human Resource personnel and recent UD alumni working at Perdue to learn about internships, full time positions and their scholarship program over lunch that is provided.

The vans or bus will leave the Townsend Hall parking lot at 7:30 am and will return around 5:00 pm. To sign up for this tour or if you have questions, please contact Prof. Alphin at 831-0825 or

Embryology Assistant Position

4-H Embryology Assistant
Context of the Job:
Cooperative Extension is an informal, educational, nationwide network that combines the expertise and resources of federal, state, and local governments to improve people’s lives.

For a century, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension has made a difference in the First State by providing quality educational programming to individuals and communities, based on university research and aimed at meeting the expressed needs of our constituents. The outreach arm of USDA and the American land-grant university system, Cooperative Extension takes the University to the people with programming that includes food safety; nutrition, diet, and health; water quality; 4-H and youth development; sustainable agriculture; home gardening; family development and resource management; leadership and volunteer development; and personal safety-on the road, in the home, and on the farm, and much more.

Major Responsibilities:

    • Assist with logistics of scheduled 4-H Embryology programs. Tasks may include scheduling of school drop off and pick up times, registration and summary of evaluation data etc.
    • Assist with recruiting and establishing of new sites and promotion of 4-H Embryology programs.
    • Assist with the development of promotional materials, flyers and other documents.
    • Assist with packing and cleaning of equipment.
    • Assist with drop off on Mondays and pick up on Fridays.


        • High School Diploma or Associate’s Degree, youth development or animal science background strongly preferred.
        • Valid driver’s license
        • Familiarity of Cooperative Extension and 4-H programs
        • Experience with Word Press, Microsoft Office
        • Excellent organizational, management and human relations skills
        • Excellent written communication and public speaking skills
        • Demonstrate the ability to effectively motivate and work with individual/group basis with a variety of audiences and educational levels

Special Requirements: This part-time position is 20 hours per week, and may require flexible scheduling. This position does not offer benefits. Capability to lift 50lbs. Valid driver’s license and reliable means of transportation required. Employment is contingent upon passing a comprehensive background investigation including fingerprints/criminal history, which indicates that the individual is suitable for employment in compliance with applicable federal and/or state regulations.

Contact: Please e-mail your cover letter, resume, and two references to Kaitlin Klair, by Friday, January 13, 2017. Employment offers will be conditional upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members and Women. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at