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.


  • 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,
Karen Gartley, UD Soil Testing Program, 152 Townsend Hall,

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


Summer Internship with the Delaware Forest Service

The Delaware Forest Service is hiring a summer intern. Don’t miss out on this valuable experience of continued hands-on learning about trees and forest health during the 16-week internship beginning May 15, 2019. Having experience in woody plant identification preferred. The ideal candidate will be able to work in both urban and rural forests and will have strong organizational skills and a solid work ethic. Send your resume and cover letter to:

Bill Seybold
Forest Health Specialist
Delaware Forest Service
2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, DE  19901

Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers (MACCA)Scholarship Program


The Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers (MACCA) have established a scholarship program, which will award two deserving students with scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each ($1,250 for each semester) enrolled in an agronomy related program at an accredited junior college, college or university.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial support to students interested in pursuing a career in plant and soil sciences.  Given the declining number of students enrolled in agronomy related programs in our region, the Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers believe it is important to encourage students to consider careers in agronomy by supporting their education needs through the use of scholarships.

Applicants must be a resident of or attending school in the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, or West Virginia).

Applicants must be enrolled or accepted to a 2-year or 4-year institution working toward a degree in agronomy or related field.

The Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers Scholarship Committee will select the scholarship recipients.  The selection will be based on the student’s agricultural background, relevant field involvement, financial need, grade point average, agronomic related studies, career goals, and extra curricular activities.

The awards will be presented during lunch at the Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School, Wednesday November 15, 2017 at the Princess Royale in Ocean City, MD. Winners are expected to attend.

Application Process
Interested students should return a completed application. Online applications can be found here. The Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers Scholarship Committee may request additional information prior to the selection. Applications must be received by June 15th.  Please mail to the address below, or email to

MACCA Scholarship Committee
209 Jarman Branch Drive
Centreville, MD 21617