Term needed: Summer of 2018 from June to September

Faculty mentor name: Guojie Wang

BES Facility: EOARC

Location (town) of internship: Union

Hourly Salary: 13.00  Expected hours/week: 40

Student may be asked to work on weekends or outside of 8-5.  This project deals with seeding, irrigating, raising, and harvesting forages. These duties will need to be completed in a timely manner. Intern may need to work in the early morning, late afternoon and/or weekends to complete the necessary field work.

Are Housing Benefits included in addition to hourly salary? Yes,  A room in a trailer house, located on site, will be assigned to the intern to use during the internship with no charge to the intern. Intern may/may not share the trailer house with other interns. Necessary cleaning and housekeeping work need to be done on intern’s side. Rooms are available on a first come-first serve basis.

Student will have interaction with minors or access to hazardous chemicals. Student will need to complete a criminal background check.

Student will be operating vehicles or farm equipment/machinery. Student will need to submit a driving background.



The precipitation in June, July, August, and September of eastern Oregon is scarce. However, the forage demand in these summer months is comparable to the need in the spring and fall, if it is not more, creating a forage gap known as “summer depression”. In order to overcome the summer depression in forage production, forage and beef producers in eastern Oregon need to develop a production system that conserves water use with higher water use efficiency, and in the same time produce comparable or higher quantity and quality forages. Alternative perennial forage species such as birdsfoot trefoil, cicer milkvetch, wheatgrasses, wildryes, and bromegrasses along with traditional perennial forage species such as alfalfa, tall fescue, and timothy should be evaluated under different irrigation schedules.

The field study will be carried out at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Union, OR. The project general design is: 1) 20 alternative perennial forage species included; 2) four irrigation schedules including irrigation all season, irrigation until August 1, irrigation until June 15, and no irrigation imposed to those 20 forage species; 3) all the combinations of 20 species and four irrigation schedules replicated four times. The project objective is to study alternative perennial forage species production and phenology under different irrigation scenarios. The specific objectives are: 1) Evaluate 20 alternative perennial forage species production and phenology; 2) Compare 20 alternative perennial forage species production and phenology under different irrigation schedules in eastern Oregon. Those 20 perennial forage species were seeded in 2016. The intern will be responsible for 1) searching each forage species information indoor and writing a literature review about the selected 20 alternative forage species, 2) managing forage plots including pest control, irrigation, and fertilization, 3) monitoring forage plots including species developmental stages, height, density, and production, 4) inputting and analyzing the collected data, and 5) interpreting results and making a poster.

The leaning objective of this internship is to 1) have hands-on opportunities in agriculture related activities, such as field measurement, seeding, fertilization, weed control, and irrigation; 2) have scientific training such as experimental design, data collection, field monitoring, and results interpretation; 3) interact with local producers and scientists and have a broader perspective on agriculture production through field tours and producers’ meetings. The expectations to the intern from project mentor is to 1) communicate with mentor, summer tech, graduate student, and other personnel effectively and work together efficiently; 2) perform the necessary daily tasks the intern responsible for smoothly with help from mentor and other personnel; 3) meet deadlines for this internship program midterm report and final poster presentation; 4) learn new scientific and practical knowledge daily and avtively by asking questions, searching internets, and other means.



The job will consist of fieldwork and data processing conducted on forage research trials at the EOARC in Union, OR. This will be accomplished by, but not excluded to:

  • Assisting the forage agronomist and other personnel
  • Seeding forage plots
  • Mowing forage plot alleys
  • Maintaining forage plots through weed control, both through herbicide application and hand weeding
  • Fertilizing forage plots
  • Monitoring forage plots
  • Collecting forage and soil samples
  • Inputting data into a computer software
  • Repairing and maintaining facilities and equipment
  • Operating and installing irrigation systems (hand lines)
  • Operation of farm equipment and machinery
  • Interact with and help graduate student

Key skills that should be brought to this internship are the ability to pay close attention to detail; tolerance of repetitive work; mature and responsible with the ability to work independently or in a group; interest in agronomic practices.

A driver’s license is required for this internship.

For this project, the student intern will be expected to spend 25-35 hours per week outdoors and up to 15 hours per week in an indoor lab that depending on the time of the season, these hours can vary widely. On the job training will occur for needed tasks. Previous experience with a manual shift vehicle is preferred.

The mentor and the experimental station will provide training related to equipment and procedures that will be conducted by the intern.