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Wanted: Dilmun Hill student market garden managers

From Betsy Leonard, CUAES organic farming coordinator

Have you ever wanted to grow vegetables, have an awesome summer job, and take on a leading role at Dilmun Hill, Cornell University’s student organic farm? This is your opportunity! We are now accepting applicants for market garden managers for the 2013 season.

The market garden managers are part of the team of students that will run the farm during the summer and fall.

Market garden managers are full-time paid positions over the summer and and part time into the fall semester. They also coordinate a wonderful group of volunteers. All Cornell undergraduates, who will still be enrolled next year are eligible for the position. To apply, please complete the written application and the questionnaire below and send them to Betsy Leonard by January 30.

Manager application (docx)

Manager application questionnaire (docx)

Don't miss the bus!  Apply for student market garden manager today.

Don’t miss the bus! Apply for student market garden manager today.

Assistant Professor in Viticulture/Pomology position

Department of Horticulture seeks an Assistant Professor, nine-month (academic year) tenure-track position (50% research, 50% teaching).

The candidate is expected to develop and direct an externally-funded, nationally-recognized research program on deciduous fruit production systems, including winegrapes, with emphasis on understanding interactions between the fruiting plant and ecosystems, and applying this knowledge to improve the sustainability of fruit crop production systems. Possible research areas include: soil, water, nutrient and groundcover management; agrochemical leaching/runoff; identification and management of variables contributing to soil health; and nutritional physiology of fruit crop species in relation to food and wine quality.

For additional information, email Dr. Justine Vanden Heuvel at Review of applications will begin February 1, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.

View full position description.

Mann Library seeks plant care student worker

From Michael Cook, Mann Library (

Mann Library has an open position for a plant care student worker. This would be a great chance not only to hone their skills, but to also participate in expanding our collection of plants to further improve the atmosphere in Mann. We can hire as soon as possible, hopefully no later than the start of classes.

Here’s the job description:

Plant Care Student Worker (Student Administrative Assistant II)

Performs weekly care and feeding of plants in all public spaces in Mann Library with minimal supervision, 2 hours per week. Flexible schedule. Must have horticultural experience (greenhouse, nursery, etc.). Students of botany, horticulture or other plant sciences preferred. Pay rate commensurate with level of experience.

Contact me to find out more:

NYSIPM program seeks Vegetable, Community IPM specialists

From Jennifer Grant, Ph.D., Co-Director & Community IPM Coordinator, New York State IPM Program:

The NYS IPM Program is excited to announce 3 professional job openings.

These appointments are for 6-9 months. However, there is potential for extension into long term positions. A Masters or PhD degree in entomology, plant pathology, horticulture, natural resources or a closely related field is required. These positions are being announced in June 2012, and will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are found. If interested in multiple positions, please indicate in the cover letter.

Follow links above for more information about each position.

NY Agriculture in the Classroom seeks Coordinator

logoNew York Agriculture in the Classroom is based at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Our mission is to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of how we produce food and fiber, what we eat, and how we live, by helping educators, students, and their communities learn about and engage with agriculture and food systems. Established in 1985, New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) is a partnership of Cornell University, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, the NYS Education Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the New York Farm Bureau. We work with pre-k through middle school teachers, Cornell Cooperative Extension and other community educators, farmers and producers, volunteers, parents, and community partners to increase agricultural literacy in New York State. You can learn more about NYAITC at our website:

Under general supervision of the Director of the Ag Outreach and Education Program and PI Dr. Travis Park, the Coordinator will take ownership of developing the program, field implementation, and in-service training for all stake holders of AITC in NYS. Agriculture in the Classroom programs is implemented by state-operated programs. USDA Agriculture in the Classroom supports state programs by providing a network that seeks to improve agricultural literacy — awareness, knowledge, and appreciation — among PreK-12 teachers and their students.

Read the full job description.

Applicants must submit materials through the Cornell Jobs website:

Internships: Bluegrass Lane Annual Flower Trials

2011 internsDoes this sound like you?

  • I enjoy flowers and gardening.
  • I enjoy working outside.
  • I am not afraid of hard work.
  • I am not afraid to get dirty.
  • I seize opportunities.

If you answered Yes to these, then this internship might be for you!


  • Experience growing, maintaining and evaluating plants
  • Participation in industry events (OFA Short Course, Floriculture Field Day)
  • Create a network of industry professionals
  • Get job leads
  • 35 hours per week
  • Paid internship


  • Undergraduate student at Cornell
  • Federal Work Study (FWS) preferred
  • Driver’s license and transportation
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to work outside
  • Demonstrated interest
  • Ability to work through the entire growing season (June – August)

Check out our website or Facebook page! For more information, or to apply, please contact Melissa Kitchen at 607-280-4898 or

Also of interest: Mike Williams from Ball Horticultural Company will be on campus March 5-6 to interview Cornell students for placement into their extensive internship program. More info.

Visit Horticulture Internships for more internship listings.

Looking for a horticulture internship? Or an intern?

From Taryn Bauerle,

Are you a student looking for an internship? Or are you looking for interns or have a summer job that a motivated student could turn into an internship?

We’ve just launched a new website to help make connections between students looking for horticulture- and plant-science-related internships and organizations, faculty, and others who offer internship experiences.

Students, just visit the website at and view the listings. We’ve categorized them by location and by type (public garden, fruit, vegetable, research etc.). We also provide information about how to get course credit for internships and how to turn a summer job into an internship.

If you’d like to list your internship or summer job, please fill out this form and return it to If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Small Farms Program internship

Cornell Small Farms Program logoThe Cornell Small Farms Program is seeking a student intern for summer employment. This position is offered at 35-39 hours/week. The student must have strong writing, editing, and organizational skills. Must have some background in farming and an enthusiasm for learning more about small farms in New York. Please note: This position is for a Cornell undergraduate, continuing student.

Responsibilities include:

  • Write 4-6 profiles of SARE grant recipients (Sustainable Ag Research and Education) For more info, see
  • Compile the Small Farms Monthly E-newsletter
  • Coordinate Small Farms Program List-serve
  • Small Farms Quarterly Magazine production assistance
  • Database entry and mailing assistance
  • Website updates
  • Co-coordinate 4H Career Exploration Days

Position is based in 15A Plant Science Building. Stipend is $10/hour. Position runs from 05/23/2011 to 08/10/2011.

To apply, send resume and writing sample (casual style) to Violet Stone at by May 6th. To learn more about the Cornell Small Farms Program, visit

Greenhouse floriculture internship

Neil Mattson and Gary Harman working with Walt Nelson and CCE-Monroe County are sponsoring a summer internship based in the Rochester area for a continuing Cornell student.

The intern will work on a project demonstrating and evaluating an organic manure-based substrate/fertilizer in greenhouse floriculture production.

Read more.

Ball Horticultural Co. internship interviews

From Melissa Kitchen:

Mike Williams, Ball Horticultural Company’s HR Director, will be interviewing students Feb. 22 for Ball’s internship program. Interested students should send their resumes to Bill Miller (, who will create a schedule for the day. Ball internships include:

Trial garden

  • New crops
  • Young plant cultural research
  • Production technical support
  • Molecular genetics
  • Genetic research
  • Cultural research
  • Ball innovations
  • Marketing

Read more about Ball’s internship program.

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