The Almond Board of California is again sponsoring a UC Cooperative Extension Pomology Farm Advisor internship, open to graduate students and recent alumni in the agricultural and biological sciences. Applications, which are due April 16, can be completed online.
Many UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors are reaching retirement age and it is expected that within 10 years more than half of the existing UCCE farm advisors, including those serving almonds, will retire. This program is specifically designed for students who are interested in the interface between science and food production, problem solving, applied research, public education and outreach. It is intended to foster an interest among promising young researchers in the crop science fields and a potential career with UC Cooperative Extension.
The paid internship helps support ongoing almond-specific research. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to learn about and assist with cutting-edge research and education programs in tree crop production, sustainable agriculture, integrated pest management, soil and water sciences, and other disciplines.
The intern will also participate in educational and outreach efforts to educate farmers, pest control professionals, and the general public regarding scientific findings and improved methodologies of crop production and environmental protection. Working closely with experienced Cooperative Extension farm advisors, the intern will learn about the latest in agricultural practices and technologies pertaining to almonds and other tree crops.
Last year’s intern Gabriela Ritokova, under the mentorship of almond farm advisors Carolyn DeBuse and Franz Niederholzer, played a key role in supporting ongoing almond research at Nickels Estate Orchards. Ritokova is currently completing her master’s degree at UC Davis. Her outgoing personality and communication skills made her an excellent fit for farm calls and her experience helped cement her interest in becoming a UC farm advisor when her studies are complete.