Term needed: Summer 2018
Faculty mentor name: Scott Lukas
BES Facility: HAREC
Location (town) of internship: Hermiston
Hourly Salary: 14 Expected hours/week: 40
Are Housing Benefits included in addition to hourly salary?: no
Student will be operating vehicles or farm equipment/machinery. Student will need to submit a driving background.
The internship will be located at the Oregon State University (OSU), Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC), Integrative Horticulture Lab (IHL). HAREC is located in Hermiston, OR at the center of 450,000 acres of high yielding, irrigated crop land in North central Oregon and South central Washington's Columbia Basin. This is a diverse production area with over 200 cultivated plant species. HAREC contributes value to the local community through research of pressing agricultural issues, and with outreach and engagement. Specifically, this internship opportunity will be conducting field based research and data collection with the IHL, which focuses on fostering environmental stewardship while maintaining competitive vegetable production outputs. Research programs are primarily based in the field setting. The student will acquire knowledge in field production systems, experimental design and data collection in row crops and will work closely with, and report directly to the principal investigator.
The student will engage in multiple projects over the season, but will have the opportunity to choose the project of his/her interest to satisfy the writing / poster requirements of the Branch Experiment Station (BES) program. Projects will likely include: 1) research to optimize watermelon crop production systems by utilizing natural products to resist infection by the pathogen fusarium oxysoprum, 2) an evaluation of Broccoli cultivars to determine establishment success and quantify growth parameters as a function of daily heat units, 3) a study to assess and quantify the potential for nitrate (from commercial fertilizer) losses through leaching in the soil profile in an onion production system, and 4) an evaluation of experimental products to apply in-field on blueberries to resist abiotic berry sunburn damage. Throughout the season, the student can emphasize on a project of interest but will have responsibilities for managing the field maintenance program of other ongoing experiments.
The Integrative Horticulture Lab (IHL) is seeking a student who has interest in developing research based methods to improve food crop sustainability in large scale production systems. The student is expected to work 40 hours per week, but will have flexibility for time off and work scheduling.
Previous experience working outdoors is desired, as this opportunity will be primarily working in the elements outdoors in an agricultural setting. Laboratory work will be coupled with field work with some projects. The intern must be able to work independently and as part of a team, and will report and work closely with the project director to ensure goals are met.
Previous experience in topics related to crop production, soil science, nutrient management, weed science, and data collection are desired, but not required. The student may be asked to assist in data entry and to draw conclusions to interpret results. This internship is designed to be a learning experience for the student to provide educational diversity to aid in a more informed career / academic path. A strong drive to learn and to think creatively is desired.