R & D Intern Position with Romer Labs, Inc.

The R&D Intern will be responsible for preparing samples, conducting analytical testing, and general microbiological lab support in the Research & Development department at Romer Labs, Inc.  in Newark, Delaware.  Responsibilities will include microbiological media preparation (liquid broth, agar plates), growing and enumerating bacterial cultures, serological and biochemical identification of bacterial cultures, executing bacterial enrichment and detection procedures in experiments involving various food-related matrices, data collection and input into a computer database, data analysis, and maintaining laboratory notebooks and other documentation as well as general laboratory maintenance.

Job Duties:

  • Safe and sterile handling of Biological Safety Level 2 bacteria (e.g. Salmonella, Listeria). Training will be provided.
  • Prepare samples for external and internal customers.
  • Maintain lab inventory of raw materials and work-in-progress materials for use in testing.
  • Verify scales or other laboratory analytical equipment and maintain documentation.
  • Conduct analytical tests using various antibody and molecular-based techniques.
  • Provide back-up support for R&D labs.
  • Maintain file documentation for incoming and outgoing shipments, batch sheets and testing logs. Procure substrate materials as well as other necessary items for the maintenance and functioning of the laboratories.
  • Maintain a clean working area and assist with sanitation and maintenance of R&D laboratory and storage areas.
  • Perform other duties or special projects as needed.

Job Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal skills and general knowledge in MS Office and Lotus Notes.
  • Currently enrolled in Undergraduate studies with Major in Food, Biological and/or Chemical Sciences. Some Microbiology lab experience preferred.

If interested contact:
Elissa Coleman
302-781-6386
Elissa.coleman@romerlabs.com

New Fall 2019 Course- PLSC 145 Introduction to Sustainable Food Systems

 

This course will introduce students to food systems in the context of sustainability.  Students will learn about the US food system as well as global aspects of food.  Sustainability in agriculture will be explored from environmental, economic, and social aspects.  The major challenges facing agriculture and food systems sustainability such as rapid climate change, environmental degradation of soil and water, water availability, and other natural resource depletion and will be studied. The course will look critically at our current food system in relation to human health and health policies and food access.  Students will learn about what impacts food preferences and food consumption and how this relates to the food system.

The course will have extensive reading assignments on relevant topics and class discussions on those topics

 

 

Students will also:

  • Interview food producers or food professionals
  • Maintain a food and waste diary
  • Conduct a supermarket analysis
  • Do food shopper interviews
  • Present a food report
  • Research a food systems topic
  • Grow food on the UD farm

The class will end with a shared dinner prepared by the students.

Scholarship for NJ College Students

EDWARD R. HALL/ROBERT R. HANNA SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
The objective of the scholarship is to acknowledge students for their academic and personal accomplishments in the field of conservation and/or natural resources.

ELIGIBILITY
The applicant must:
1.be a full-time student in good standing at any New Jersey accredited university/college, or a resident of New Jersey attending any accredited out-of-state university/college; and
2.have successfully completed, or will complete by the award date, at least two semesters of study;and
3.be 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.

AMOUNT OF SCHOLARSHIP
A $1,000 Scholarship will be awarded in memory of Edward R. Hall and Robert R. Hanna.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 6, 2019

HOW TO APPLY:
Mail the completed application form, the current university/college transcript, a list of clubs and/or organizations related to conservation and natural resources, a one-page essay that states your qualification, a list of experiences related to conservation and/or natural resources, and a list of two references with complete contact information to the address below:

FIRMAN E. BEAR CHAPTER, SWCS
C/O USDA-NRCS
220 DAVIDSON AVE, 4TH FLOOR
SOMERSET, NJ 08873

The application must be postmarked by May 6, 2019. The award will be announced by May 30, 2019.

NJSWCS Scholarship Application

Maryland Nursery, Landscape, and Greenhouse Association Scholarship

The Maryland Nursery, Landscape, and Greenhouse Association announces the availability of several scholarships for college-aged horticulture students.

The MNLGA Ornamental Horticulture Scholarship will award three $5,000 scholarships for eligible students in ornamental horticulture and landscape programs.

Applications for this scholarship are due May 31st. Visit the MNLGA website, for more information.

Brazil Study Abroad Interest Meeting

Interest Meeting on Monday, April 15, 2019 from 6-7, in Gore 308

WINTER SESSION 2020
STUDY ABROAD
LANDSCAPE EXPLORATION OF BRAZIL

Brazil is a vast, diverse and ecologically fascinating destination. In this program, students will study how humans interact with plants while learning methods to capture details in the landscape using freehand sketching and journaling.  Students will observe and portray the landscape in both Rio de Janeiro – a vibrant city known for diverse architecture and gardens, miles of beaches, and warm, welcoming people – and the Amazon Rain Forest. Students will see how the work of the famous landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx affects Brazilian culture in public and private gardens in and around Rio. Students will also enjoy the beach, modern art museums and various cultural events such as samba and the famous “hippie fair”.

Students will interact with members of the landscape firm Roberto Burle Marx, LTD as they study a variety of Brazilian landscapes and artists.  In addition, sketching techniques, students will learn landscape architecture graphic techniques used to portray the urban environment and its related objects through visits to gardens, art museums and modern buildings. This program includes a major excursion to the Amazon River where we explore the flora, fauna and culture of the Amazon Rain Forest.  A weekend excursion to a famous botanical garden and art complex and Tiradentes (historic gold trail town).

Landscape exploration of Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon provides students with the rich experience of immersion in the cultural and ecological patterns of Brazil.  Whether you are interested in cultural landscapes, tropical ecology, art, or architecture, this program is your chance to experience the vibrant culture and emerging economy of Brazil.

Coverdale Farm Preserve Market Garden Harvester

General Description: Delaware Nature Society’s mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, advocacy and conservation. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment.

We recognize that how we grow food has a profound impact on the environment.

Coverdale Farm Preserve’s practices weave together conservation, high quality food, and community.  Our vision is to build a healthy and resilient ecosystem, increase biodiversity, contribute to our local/regional food system, train the next generation of farmers, and educate our constituents.

The Market Garden Harvester plays an important role in our work bringing an attention to detail and strong work ethic to the operation of an intensive organic four-season vegetable production enterprise that exemplifies the synergetic relationship between soil, plant, animal, and consumer. The Market Garden Harvester is part of a team charged with implementing a profitable vegetable production program.  This is a seasonal hourly position.

Responsibilities:

  1. Assist Market Garden Manager and Grower team in key aspects of an intensive organic four-season production system. Scope of work includes but is not limited to harvesting, washing, cleaning, and packaging product for presentation to both on and off farm customers.  Seeding, transplanting, cultivation, upkeep of production facilities such as wash/pack, cold storage, workshop, and on farm market zone, operate small scale farm equipment.
  2. Support the marketing of farm product through positive maintenance of constituent relationships. Share opportunities for diversified off-farm clients and relevant professional partners.
  3. Assist farm team members in livestock care, grounds maintenance, and other agricultural tasks as needed.
  4. Support and participate in farm based community engagement activities such as education programs, farmer training workshops, farm tours, and special events.

Supervisor: Coverdale Farm Market Garden Manager

Sources of Collaboration:
Core Farm Staff:  Farm Manager, Market Garden Manager, Livestock Manager,Market Garden Grower Team, Coverdale Farm & Grounds Crew
DNS Facility Manager
Coverdale Volunteers
DNS Land Management Department

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Commitment to and passion for the mission of Delaware Nature Society and Coverdale Farm Preserve
  • Ability to participate in hard physical labor for extended periods of time in various weather conditions
  • Ability to lift heavy objects and remain physically active throughout the day
  • Ability to work as a professional team member in an active, changing environment
  • Clean driving record and valid driver license
  • Professional maturity and positive interpersonal skills with friendly attitude
  • Organized, willing to take initiative, think and act proactively to solve problems and assess priorities, and manage a variety of tasks calmly and effectively
  • Excellent public relations and communication skills with an ease and enthusiasm for talking to individuals of all ages

To apply visit: https://www.delawarenaturesociety.org/about/job-opportunities/

Delaware Nature Society Market Garden Grower Position

Position: Coverdale Farm Preserve Market Garden Grower

General Description: Delaware Nature Society’s mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, advocacy and conservation. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment.

We recognize that how we grow food has a profound impact on the environment.

Coverdale Farm Preserve’s practices weave together conservation, high quality food, and community.  Our vision is to build a healthy and resilient ecosystem, increase biodiversity, contribute to our local/regional food system, train the next generation of farmers, and educate our constituents.

The Market Garden Grower plays an important role in our work bringing an environmental ethic and demonstrated experience in the field to the operation of an intensive organic four-season vegetable production enterprise that exemplifies the synergetic relationship between soil, plant, animal, and consumer. The Market Garden Grower is part of a team charged with implementing a profitable vegetable production program.  This is a seasonal hourly position.

Responsibilities:

  1. Assist Market Garden Manager in key aspects of an intensive organic four-season production system. Scope of work includes but is not limited to building and improving soil fertility, seed propagation/seedling production, weed, pest and disease control, cover cropping, planting and cultivation, irrigation management, harvesting, washing, packing food for both on and off-farm markets, constructing infrastructure such as caterpillar tunnels and hoop houses, upkeep of production facilities such as wash/pack, cold storage, workshop, and on farm market zone, operate small scale farm equipment.  Assist with production planning as requested.
  2. Support the marketing of farm product through positive maintenance of constituent relationships, contributing to marketing strategies, sales, and economic efficiencies for an intensive organic vegetable operation. Share opportunities for diversified off-farm clients and relevant professional partners.
  3. Assist farm team members in livestock care, grounds maintenance, and other agricultural tasks as needed.
  4. Support and participate in farm based community engagement activities such as education programs, farmer training workshops, farm tours, and special events.

Supervisor: Coverdale Farm Market Garden Manager

Sources of Collaboration: Core Farm Staff:  Farm Manager, Market Garden Manager, Livestock Manager, Coverdale Farm & Grounds Crew, Harvest Crew
DNS Facility Manager
Coverdale Volunteers
DNS Land Management Department

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Commitment to and passion for the mission of Delaware Nature Society and Coverdale Farm Preserve
  • 2 years of relevant agricultural experience in diversified, intensive organic four-season vegetable farming at production scale, completion of The Market Garden Master class preferred
  • Excellent working knowledge of core issues related to regenerative agriculture
  • Knowledge of farm equipment operation, maintenance and repair
  • Professional maturity and positive interpersonal skills with friendly attitude
  • Organized, willing to take initiative, think and act proactively to solve problems and assess priorities, and manage a variety of tasks calmly and effectively
  • Excellent public relations and communication skills with an ease and enthusiasm for talking to individuals of all ages
  • Ability to participate in hard physical labor for extended periods of time in various weather conditions
  • Ability to lift heavy objects and remain physically active throughout the day
  • Ability to work as a professional team member in an active, changing environment
  • Clean driving record and valid driver license

To apply visit: https://www.delawarenaturesociety.org/about/job-opportunities/ 

Food Bank of Delaware- Farm Manager Position Opening

The Food Bank of Delaware is looking to fill the position of Farm Manager in our Newark Facility.  The Farm Manager will supervise all steps of crop production and retail sales (farm stand, CSA and wholesale sales) at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Newark Farm.  The Farm Manager is also responsible for all components of the agricultural workforce development activities of Delaware Food Works, this includes but is not limited to development of curriculum, classroom and field instruction, recruitment of students, internships, job placement and tracking, scheduling guest lecturers and field trips.

PRINCIPAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 4-year degree or equivalent work experience in a field related to career decision making and job placement
  • Demonstrated ability in written and verbal communication and listening skills
  • At least two years’ work experience in a similar position
  • Computer literacy and typing skills required; knowledge and understanding of office programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
  • Organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple projects
  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule
  • Must have very strong self-initiative
  • Must be able to work cooperatively in a team environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with experience dealing with individuals from many different backgrounds, cultures, and races
  • General understanding of social service system and anti-hunger programs a plus
  • Comfortable speaking to groups of people
  • A valid driver’s license for the previous three years with zero points
  • Clean drug screening
  • Satisfactory background screening

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to transport, lift, and carry operating equipment of 20 lbs or more.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends. Unusual work hours and unusual environmental conditions are necessary.
  • To sit or stand as needed
  • To type on a computer keyboard
  • May require walking primarily on a level surface for periods throughout the day
  • Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting as required to file documents or store materials throughout the work day
  • May include lifting up to 25 pounds on occasion
  • Ability to safely operate passenger or cargo van
  • Will require regular exposure to commercial kitchen environment
  • Will occasionally require exposure to warehouse environment

The Food Bank of Delaware is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.

If interested please email resume to Jobs@fbd.org