Term needed:   Summer 2017 -  The internship starts one week after spring term ends and ends one week before fall term begins.

Faculty mentor name: Javier Fernandez-Salvador

BES Facility:  NWREC

Location (town) of internship:  Aurora, OR

Hourly Salary: 10.50  Expected hours/week: 40

Student may be asked to work on weekends or outside of 8-5.  Data collection may be needed before 8am on weekdays.

Are Housing Benefits included in addition to hourly salary? Yes, a small stipend for housing can be provided to round up the total amount of hours worked and any remaining funding until the entire amount ($7000) is used between wages (40h/week for 3 months) and any remaining funds.

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 goal of this project is to conduct comprehensive research on organic olive planting establishment in Oregon. Olives are a relatively new crop in Oregon, and there is limited available research on best practices and guidelines for their propagation and management in this region. The project consists of three sub-projects: propagation practices, establishing the ideal size at which to transplant young trees from pots into the field, and cultivar cold-hardiness evaluation. The propagation component evaluates best practices (media, timing of material collection, rate and type of propagation hormone) for new olive transplant production. The “up-potting” trial consists of a multi-year evaluation in which trees of various ages and sizes will be planted out in the field according to a staggered timeline. Finally, the cold-hardiness evaluation focuses on olive trees that are already planted at grower fields (collaborative effort), and collection of weather and weather-related damage data as well as starting a collection of cultivars for OSU. The overall project involves multiple collaborations with local olive growers, some of which have experience with the crop, and others of whom are brand new to olive production. 


For this project, the student intern will work a total of 40 hours per week, split between 30-35 hours outdoors/in the field, and 5-10 hours in the office. Field work will include, data collection, assisting with plant propagation and up-potting, data collection, applying fertilizer, weeding, crop inspection, and tending to research plots and crops, harvest and other manual labor. Office work will include data entry, analysis and write up preliminary findings, as well as field recordkeeping. Previous experience with agricultural systems, and an interest/understanding of orchard production and/or organic systems is preferred. Students must have their own transportation to and from site. Some additional travel may be required, to collect data at collaborating farm sites and driving a manual shift is necessary.