Agricultural Research and Technology Intern

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  • Jan 30, 2020
Full time Government/Nonprofit Land Use

Job Description

THE ROLE:

The Agriculture Research and Technology Intern supports The Nature Conservancy’s work with farmers and the agriculture industry to increase adoption of conservation practices on farms that lead to healthier soils and cleaner water. The intern will assist with data collection and analysis to evaluate practice impact as well as outreach to farmers and special events such as farm field days. The position is based in The Nature Conservancy’s Madison office with occasional travel around the state. 

The Agriculture Research and Technology Intern conducts data collection and analysis using industry trusted metrics and helps interpret existing data on farm conservation practices collected via satellite. The intern also has the opportunity to work closely with farmer, industry, and conservation partners on farmer outreach projects and other research objectives. The intern helps plan and attend events such as summer field days with farmer-led watershed groups and research farms. This position provides opportunities to gain a firsthand understanding of how farmers and partners can work together toward environmental sustainability, and it is a good fit for students interested in a food or agriculture-related field. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collects data on farm management and conservation practices from dairy farmers with the Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance, a Lafayette County farmer-led sustainability group.
  • Assists with planning and conducting summer farm field days and other events as needed.
  • Sorts and analyzes OpTIS data sets on cover crops and tillage to summarize conservation practices in targeted watersheds across Wisconsin.
  • Interacts with colleagues, partners, farmers, and the public. 
  • Works under close or infrequent supervision.
  • Work environment involves infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be either currently enrolled or graduated within 12 months from a college or graduate program with coursework in natural resources, agriculture, or related field.
  • High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience.
  • Experience analyzing data. 
  • Experience with common software applications (such as Microsoft Word and Excel). 
  • Valid driver’s license. 
  • Familiarity with agriculture and natural systems in Wisconsin, especially farm conservation practices. 
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Data analysis skills using Excel, statistical programs, and/or GIS or remote sensing software.
  • Familiarity with SnapPlus, Wisconsin’s nutrient management planning software, is beneficial. 
  • Good communication skills and experience working with a variety of people.