Stone Barns Center
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a non-profit organization on a mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system. We are working to develop a culture of eating based on what farms need to grow to build healthy soil and a resilient ecosystem. In our quest to transform the way America eats and farms, we convene food changemakers and thought leaders, train farmers and develop agroecological farming practices.
Stone Barns Center manages approximately 330 acres of grasslands within our property boundaries and the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Grasslands and agroforestry within the Preserve are managed in accordance with a Conservation Action Plan developed between the Center and NY State.
Soil Health and Water Quality Internship – Summer 2019
Reporting to the Senior Land Manager, this is an opportunity for an individual currently studying soil science, ecology, or watershed systems who is interested in participating in cutting edge monitoring of soil and watershed health on a diversified working farm, primarily on pastures grazed by cattle, sheep and goats. This work will build our understanding of how management decisions affect the health of the soil, water, plants, and biotic communities we steward. It will facilitate future management decisions towards greater health, resilience and productivity on this land, and it will give us data to synthesize and share with a wide audience about creative solutions to food system issues, and how our food choices can impact the land.
This internship will be in cooperation with a range of other plant and ecosystem monitoring to build a comprehensive set of indicators designed to inform our generative management practices on the landscape.
- Collect samples for Quick Carbon soil carbon measuring across the farm
- Assist team in collecting soil health samples across the farm
- Collect soil samples and process for bulk density measurement
- Perform water quality tests at key sampling points in Stone Barns watershed
- Perform water infiltrations tests at select sampling points
- Enter data and store samples in accordance with protocols developed with the ecological monitoring team
- Presentation of a final project summary at the end of the internship
- Participate occasionally in pastured livestock activities with Livestock team
- Other projects and assignments as needed
Required Skills and Experience:
- Commitment to Stone Barns Center’s mission
- A student currently studying soil science, ecology or watershed systems; graduate level preferred
- Experience with field work, sample collection, data organization and entry
- Ability to work efficiently in a variety of environmental conditions
This internship is 30-40 hours per week for a minimum of two months starting as early as June 1st, and ending as late as the end of August.
If financial assistance is not available through the intern’s academic institution, compensation will be at an hourly rate of $15.
Interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation.
Please send a resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org indicating in the subject line the internship to which you are applying.
Stone Barns Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.