Professional Internship in Plant and Soil Diagnostic Services

The Plant Diagnostic Clinic and Soil Testing Program in the Plant and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Delaware seek an intern to assist with processing of samples, reporting of results and outreach activities of both operations. The programs provide diagnostic and analytical services to commercial growers, landscapers and nurseries, home owners, Cooperative Extension and researchers. This position offers an opportunity to learn about plants, soils, plant and soil health, and plant diseases in Delaware landscape plants, vegetables, and crops.

The Intern will work a maximum of 30 hours per week between the two programs. This is an hourly position offering a competitive rate based on experience / education but no university benefits. The internship is funded for 12 months with possible extension.

Available June 1, 2019

Duties may include:

Plant Diagnostic Clinic:

  • Receipt of plant and soil samples
  • Entering plant sample information (i.e. plant names common and scientific, client contact info, addresses, dates) into online database system.
  • Laboratory triage, diagnostic techniques, microbiology and testing procedures will be learned.

Soil Testing Program:

  • Receipt and organization of samples
  • Sample preparation and analysis – training will be provided
  • Data entry in the lab
  • Occasional assistance in the program office

Additionally – Opportunities to assist with public outreach including Cooperative Extension events and short course offerings and with fact sheet development and website content will be available for those with interest and/or experience in those areas. Other duties may be required as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Basic lab skills,
  • Knowledge of plant biology and names desired,
  • Coursework in Plant, Biological and Soil Sciences as well as Chemistry desired
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office),
  • Good spelling, flexibility, and attention to detail are preferred.

To apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references to:
Nancy Gregory, UD Plant Diagnostic Clinic, 151 Townsend Hall, ngregory@udel.edu
or
Karen Gartley, UD Soil Testing Program, 152 Townsend Hall, kgartley@udel.edu

Equal Employment Opportunity
Employment offers will be dependent 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, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html

 

Environmental Summer Intern Position with Tyson

Tyson is looking to hire an intern that will be located in Temperanceville, VA. This position has an identified project of working with our live production team to conduct assessments of on-farm practices.  This information will be used to develop a baseline of practices so that we may recommend BMPs to growers. Students may contact Dr. Hong Li (hli@udel.edu) for further information.

To learn more and apply visit: Tyson Foods

Animal Behavior & Conservation Connections (ABCC) Summer Internship

Location: Near Dover, DE
Position: Internship, Level I: Bird Care & Trainer, 20 hrs/week.
Qualification: Junior or Senior College Student

ABCC has an internship available May 30 to August 30, 2019. The position may work up to four days per week. Five hours per day. Average 20 hours per week. The position is based out of our facility near Dover, DE and may be required to participate in offsite events, weekends, holidays, and occasional evenings. Flexible schedule and ability to travel is preferred. The position requires hands-on animal care, husbandry, bird training, and public interaction.

The intern will possess a passion for working with birds and be motivated to learn. Education in animal behavior, wildlife education, biology, animal care or related experiences preferred. Preference given to junior or senior college students.

Responsibilities and qualities include:
-Honest, motivated, and reliable.
-Able and willing to take instructions and implement program as directed.
-Able to work independently or together in a team to achieve goals.
-Be comfortable working with birds.
-Be comfortable interacting with visitors.
-Be willing to learn handling and training of multiple bird species.
-Daily care, food prep, feeding, and cleaning of bird enclosures.
-Follow husbandry and training protocol as directed.
-Able to work indoors and outdoors.
-Able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
-Be willing and able to travel to offsite programs.
-Have a driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
-Must be drug and drama free.
-Other duties as assigned.

ABCC is a private organization with a mission to provide connections between animals and people through education and interaction via natural behaviors. As a consequence of the connections, we strive to instill a sense of inspiration and conservation stewardship among visitors with whom we come in contact. We are able to do this by working with our animal partners using voluntary approaches to animal training and communication. Our team includes falcons, vultures, owls, hawks, macaws, storks, hornbills and jays to name a few. Our educational free-flight programs are featured at schools, State Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Universities, and Zoos in the US.

Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and three reference sources to Phung Luu, Director, ABCC at ptluu@msn.com with the subject title “Internship 2019” by 5 PM, May 16th 2019. A short 30 seconds video specifying your interest is a plus. Position available until filled.

Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy Internship Positions

The Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the University of Delaware, offers two internship positions to Natural Resource Management and Wildlife Conservation students at UD.  The Stewardship Assistant internships are funded by The Nature Conservancy and will be administered through University of Delaware.

About us:  The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard.  Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.  Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.  Since its beginning in 1990, the Delaware Chapter has worked to protect over 30,000 acres in Delaware and owns and manages 5 Preserves totaling over 5,000 acres. Visit www.nature.org/delaware to learn more about the Delaware Chapter.

Stewardship Assistant Positions: Stewardship Assistant positions are short-term internships beginning June 03 and ending July 31.  Interns will work an average of 21 hours per week, over 3 consecutive days per week for a total of 189 internship hours.  Work will be focused on our Preserves and Easements. Interns will work out of The Nature Conservancy’s Milton office in conjunction with the chapter’s Land Steward who will be directing the internship. Interns will work together to complete field work and are required to have valid driver’s licenses to use The Nature Conservancy’s vehicle for field travel. Housing may be provided at The Nature Conservancy’s Edward H. McCabe Preserve. Details of housing will be further discussed with top candidates.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with preserve and easement monitoring and reporting which involves both field and office work.
  • Assist with habitat restoration projects. Work may include manual invasive species control, herbicide application or other work requiring physical exertion.
  • Assist with data collection including but not limited to seedling survivorship and fire effects.
  • Assist with basic preserve maintenance work including trail maintenance, fence and gate installation, property boundary posting, and kiosk display updates.
  • Some of the work for this internship will be independent and will require good writing and decision making skills.
  • Other projects may develop over the course of the internship.

Qualifications:

  • UD junior or senior year student currently enrolled as a Natural Resource Management or Wildlife Conservation major is preferred.
  • Ability to perform physical work, occasionally in adverse conditions in remote locations.
  • Strong writing skills and familiarity with all basic business software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Prior experience with power tools such as mowers, weed-eaters and chain saws is preferred.
  • Experience with or working knowledge of natural systems is preferred by not required.
  • Basic ArcGIS skills or experience is preferred but not required.

Auto Safety Policy: This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program.  Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.”  Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.  Acceptance into this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective internee’s motor vehicle record.

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

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/