Agronomy Intern

Location: Yakima Valley , WA
Deadline: May 31, 2017

Paid Internship Opportunity – Agronomy Intern

Come work for a Hop Farm and Apple Orchard in the Yakima Valley, WA

Start: Spring, 2017 (flexible) - End: October 2017

Summary: Work for Loftus Ranches in Moxee, WA, and Tributary Hop Farms 30 minutes away in Granger, WA. These two hop farms grow over 1,800 acres of hops. In addition to these two hop farms, you will spend time at Olympic Orchards, a 500 acre apple and cherry operation in Sunnyside, WA. These three farms have shared management, and you will have the opportunity to work with each farm and gain exposure to several unique cropping systems in the area.

Job Description:

  •   Collect soil, water, plant tissue, fruitlet, and petiole samples throughout the growing season

  •   Input, process, and present data to the agronomy department to aid in making IPM and fertility

    decisions

  •   Assist in the implementation of on-farm trials, data collection, and analysis

  •   Scout fields for pests, disease, and abiotic stress and make recommendations based on the

    findings

  •   Help ensure compliance, and organize information as required by Food Safety programs, and

    the WSDA Organic program for Apples and Hops

  •   Calibrate spreaders and sprayers

  •   Perform general farm tasks

    Requirements:

  •   Attention to detail

  •   Strong organizational skills to ensure accurate data and thorough recordkeeping

  •   Strong skills related to task management

  •   Ability to follow instructions and follow through on tasks in a timely manner

  •   Ability and willingness to work long hours: normal hours are Mon-Fri 6am-4:30pm and

    Saturdays 6am-noon

  •   Experienced in the use of Microsoft Excel, and Access. Experience with statistical software and GIS preferred

  •   Must be willing and excited to work with a culturally diverse group

  •   Knowledge of agronomics, soil and plant sciences preferred

    Compensation: $14.00/hr. The use of a company vehicle during work hours for transportation to and from different farms and fields. Produce from the farm garden.

    To Apply: Please email your resume and a brief (1 page) description of yourself, your experience, and an explanation of your career goals to: Sam Turner at the following email: sam.turner@loftusranches.com