POSITION X22115 Tennessee Extension Internship Program: ANR/CED Department of Plant Sciences
10-week Summer Internship
LOCATION The student will work in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to starting the internship, interns will participate in a day-long orientation to familiarize them with Tennessee Extension Programs in ANR.
EFFECTIVE DATE Tentative--May 24 - August 2, 2023
SALARY AND BENEFITS
A stipend in the amount of $6,840 for the 10-week internship is provided for each intern. As with any position, it is expected that an intern is able to get to and from work each day. Generally, interns ride with Extension agents during significant work-related travel and therefore do not receive a travel budget allotment.
- Contribute to the statewide sustainable nursery crops Extension program, which includes Extension agent in-service training, nursery producer workshops, and other educational events; multimedia educational materials; and field-based demonstrations and applied research with nursery producers. The program foci are 1) educating growers through the original and Advanced Tennessee Master Nursery Producer program, 2) using technology to refine irrigation practices at cooperating nurseries to better align water application with plant water use, and 3) evaluating laser-guided sprayers with grower-cooperators in order to reduce pesticide use, increase grower adoption of technology, and improve environmental quality. More information can be viewed at: https://utia.tennessee.edu/person/?id=8541.
- Specific duties include working with Dr. Amy Fulcher to:
- Meet the 2023 summer programming objectives in part by assisting with planning, preparing, conducting, and evaluating the Horticulture Hot Topic virtual extension agent in-service series, an in-person flatheaded borer agent in-service, and other in-person grower workshops and agent trainings. The in-person trainings have significant experiential learning components.
- Develop a module for the Advanced Tennessee Master Nursery Producer Program and a companion extension publication on flatheaded borer, advances in laser-guided spray technology, or other developments in nursery technology automation.
- Develop Extension resources in support of the Extension program, including preparing hands-on demonstrations for Green Industry Field Day, and a corresponding 1-2 page article for the Tennessee Green Times.
- Contribute to the ongoing demonstration and applied research program including interviewing grower-cooperators, communicating project status and intermediate outcomes to growers, monitoring irrigation system sensors and related instrumentation, photographing demonstrations, and summarizing outcomes into formats useful to the Green Industry and Extension professionals.