Opportunities

The Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Department has many opportunities for students, whether it be in undergraduate research, graduate programs, employment, internships, student organizations, or scholarships.  Explore the tabs below to see what opportunities await you!

Undergraduate Students 


EVALUATE SURFACE WATER RUNOFF AT THE TURF GRASS UNIT AND DEVELOP A RUNOFF INFILTRATION PLAN

Description:

The topography of the Turf Grass Unit promotes stormwater runoff into surface waters. The runoff may contain pesticides and fertilizers. The student in this special problem will create a digital elevation model, quantify and locate runoff volumes, and create a plan to infiltrate the runoff into the soil.

Advisor:
Thorsten J. Knappenberger
Assistant Professor
255 Funchess Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
334-844-3997

SUMMER RESEARCH IN PALEOLIMNOLOGY AND AQUATIC SEDIMENTS

Description:

Human and environmental impacts on aquatic ecosystems typically alter the materials entering the lakes, reservoirs, and rivers.  These materials form the sediment record.  The students in this special problem will collect sediment cores from the aquatic environments and use them to reconstruct historic changes in material inputs, land-use, eutrophication and ecology.  If interested, contact Dr. Waters.

Advisor:
Matthew Waters
Assistant Professor
250 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-3950

Graduate Students


Agroclimatology group seeking Master and PhD students for Summer or Fall 2017

Description:

GRADUATE STUDENTS: Dr. Di Tian’s agroclimatology group is looking for highly motivated Master or PhD students for Summer or Fall 2017, click here for details.

POSTDOC RESEARCHERS: candidates who have a strong expertise in scientific computing (e.g. Matlab, R, or Python), climate data analysis, crop modeling, or hydrological modeling are highly encouraged to apply.

Visiting scholar or student positions are always available. Self-supported individuals will be given a prior consideration.

Advisor:
Di Tian
Assistant Professor
226 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-3819

Please discuss any internship opportunity with your academic advisor.


Announcements:

Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club LOOKING FOR TURF INTERNS

DESCRIPTION:

The position will entail all aspects of golf course management. This includes entry level experience as well as advanced such as, fertilizer and pesticide applications, projects, management, organization, record keeping, and detail. This will be a great opportunity for a student to hone their skills in all facets of golf course management and landscaping. These skills include agronomy, economics, management, construction, efficiency and detail. This will also be a great chance for the individual to experience Honours Golf/Troon Management as well as, individual ownership.

Peninsula has a great track record of preparing and training individuals allowing them to advance in the golf industry. Furthermore, successful internships have been rewarded with management positions at Peninsula, within Honours Golf, as well as outside of the Troon network. Interns are given the constant support and resources needed to ensure their professional growth.

Our goal is to successfully prepare interns for a Second Assistant Superintendent position.

Peninsula Golf Club website

BENEFITS:
  • Pay range: $10.00/ hr + OT
  • Company provides: Housing, uniforms, discounted meals, golfing privileges, travel and expenses paid for tournament volunteer, overtime, etc…
Contact Info:

Forward Resumes to:

  • Mr. Jamey Davis, CGCS
    Golf Course Superintendent
    Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club
    251-968-8001
    Email RECRUITER

RESOURCES
AU CAREER CENTER 
AU EMPLOYMENT 
AG PEER MENTORING 
USA JOBS 
SCIENCE SOCIETIES CAREER CENTER 
AG CAREERS 

Internship Forms

 

Government Agencies
ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SYSTEM 
STATE PERSONAL DEPARTMENT 
UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION 
ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT 
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES  
NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICE ALABAMA 

GENERAL TIPS
  • Begin your search six (6) months in advance
  • Attend career fairs
  • Ask your faculty mentor and academic adviser for information on upcoming opportunities
  • PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD!
         >  Resume’s, Cover Letters, everything.
  • Unless otherwise specified, always submit a cover letter
  • Have multiple people look over your documents before sending them in
  • Do research on the company before your interview
  • Go to the interview prepared with questions
  • Dress professionally
  • Do not wear strong perfume or cologne
  • Send a thank you note after your interview
  • A professional follow up phone call or email a week after submitting your application/interviewing is always a good idea.

CROP, SOIL & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CLUB

corn-sale_group-2016_2Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Club is a professional organization for students who are interested in agriculture, sustainability and environmental sciences.

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Soil Judging team

Join our Soil Judging team and learn about soil morphology in order to use your knowledge against other southeastern and national colleges.  Soil contestants arrive at various soil pits and are expected to correctly identify, evaluate, classify, and describe four soil profiles.

Contact the Coach


Turf bowl team

Photo of a blade of grass in soilEvery year at the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show, teams of college students participate in the Collegiate Turf Bowl. The competition consists of a written exam developed by superintendents and a written essay.

Contact the Coach 


OTHER College of Agriculture CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

maddy-gohlke-2016-875x492With more than 20 student groups, the College of Agriculture has something for you no matter what your interest.

FIND A GROUP


Related National and International ORGANIZATIONS

STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

A national organizational for students and future conservation leaders.

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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AGRONOMY

The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) is a progressive international scientific and professional society that empowers scientists, educators, and practitioners in developing, disseminating, and applying agronomic solutions to feed and sustain the world.

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Crop science SOCIETY OF America

The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) is a progressive international scientific society that fosters the mission of plant science for a better world.

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Soil SCIENCE SOCIETY OF AMERICA

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils.

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Announcements:

Summer workers need at Lakewinds Golf Club

DESCRIPTION:

Summer workers need at Lakewinds Golf Club in Alexander City. Work consists of mowing tees, fairways, rough, greens, changing cups, weed eating, irrigation, spraying, etc.

Wages start at $8.50 an hour but may increase depending on the experience.

Work hours are from 6:00AM to 3:30PM Monday-Thursday, & Friday 6:00AM-11:00PM

CONTACT INFO:

GIS Technician needed with City of Auburn

DESCRIPTION:

This position produces and maintains data for and performs quality control duties related to the City’s enterprise geographic information system.

Major Duties:

  • Maintains enterprise GIS data and produces GIS documents. (45%)
  • Ensures data quality and collaboration among City departments on GIS projects. (20%)
  • Develops and maintains enterprise GIS databases. (15%)
  • Analyzes data for spatial relationships and other miscellaneous projects. (10%)
  • Makes GIS Manager aware of any problems and equipment software and training needs. (5%)
  • Performs related duties. (5%)
Minimum QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field.
  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for a year or more.
WAGES:
  • Full Time Position
  • Salary: $3,621.44 – $4,324.19/month
CONTACT INFO:

More Information


RESOURCES
AU CAREER CENTER 
AU EMPLOYMENT 
AG PEER MENTORING 
USA JOBS 
SCIENCE SOCIETIES CAREER CENTER 
AG CAREERS 
ENVIRONMENTAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES 

 

Government Agencies
ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SYSTEM 
STATE PERSONAL DEPARTMENT 
UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION 
ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT 
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES  
NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICE ALABAMA 

GENERAL TIPS
  • Attend career fairs
  • PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD!
         >  Resume’s, Cover Letters, everything.
  • Unless otherwise specified, always submit a cover letter
  • Have multiple people look over your documents before sending them in
  • Do research on the company before your interview
  • Go to the interview prepared with questions
  • Dress professionally
  • Do not wear strong perfume or cologne
  • Send a thank you note after your interview
  • A professional follow up phone call or email a week after submitting your application/interviewing is always a good idea.

Auburn University ScholarshipS (AUSOME)


Announcements:

John E. Baylor Memorial Forage and Livestock Scholarship

DESCRIPTION:

The Forage & Grassland Foundation is offering scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for  college students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year with a
major related to the growing and/or feeding of forage to livestock.

For more information about who should applywhat majors might qualify, and application information please visit http://www.afgc.org/john_baylor_scholorship.php!

DUE APRIL 1, 2017

Scholarship Website


AL/MS Section AWWA Scholarships

DESCRIPTION:

For Individuals Interested in Pursuing Careers in the Water Works Industry in Alabama and Mississippi.

Qualifications:
  • Undergraduates and Graduates in the water works field

DUE APRIL 1, 2017

Scholarship Website


Alabama Farmers Federation

DESCRIPTION:

ALFA OFFERS $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS TO FEDERATION MEMBERS

The program is open to high school seniors and post-secondary undergraduates enrolled or planning to enroll in a two- or four-year school in Alabama. Scholarships will be awarded to 100 students attending Alabama colleges, universities or technical schools and may be used for tuition, fees, books or supplies required for coursework. Applicants must be Alabama Farmers Federation members. Winners will be notified in May.

Scholarships will be awarded on academic record; demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; and statement of goals and aspirations. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required.

To be eligible, the scholarship applicant must be a member of the Alabama Farmers Federation, and the membership must be issued in the name of the scholarship applicant. To join, visit http://alfafarmers.org/about/alfa-membership-signup.

DUE APRIL 1, 2017

Scholarship Website


J. Fielding Reed Undergraduate Soil and Plant Sciences Scholarship

DESCRIPTION:

MUST BE CURRENT ASA, CSSA, OR SSSA MEMBERS

The J. Fielding Reed Scholarship was established in recognition of Dr. Reed’s life-long commitment to advancing the knowledge of agriculture through his work in soil science and natural resources, and his passion for educating students. Funds for the scholarship are made available through the Agronomic Science Foundation and administered by the American Society of Agronomy. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor an outstanding undergraduate senior pursuing a career in soil or plant sciences.

If you have any questions about submission, please contact Emily Fuger (efuger@sciencesocieties.org; 608-268-4949).

Nominations Opened: Feb 1, 2017 – 8:00 AM CST
Nominations initiated by: Apr 5, 2017 – 4:00 PM CDT
2 Reference Letters and Final Nomination submission by: Apr 12, 2017 – 4:00 PM CDT

One scholarship is in the amount of $2000 will be awarded in 2017.

Scholarship Website


Frank D. Keim Graduate Fellowship

DESCRIPTION:

MUST BE CURRENT ASA, CSSA, OR SSSA MEMBERS

The purpose of this award is to enhance the National Student Recognition Program and to honor the unparalleled academic advising of the late Frank D. Keim, whose students and work have reached around the world. The Fellowship is administered by the American Society of Agronomy and supported by the Frank D. Keim Fund of the Agronomic Science Foundation.

Evaluation:

  1. Academic excellence (50%)
  2. Leadership activities (35%)
  3. Future plans related to the agronomy profession (15%)

 

If you have any questions about submission, please contact Emily Fuger (efuger@sciencesocieties.org; 608-268-4949).

Nominations Opened: Feb 1, 2017 – 8:00 AM CST
Nominations initiated by: Apr 5, 2017 – 4:00 PM CDT
2 Reference Letters and Final Nomination submission by: Apr 12, 2017 – 4:00 PM CDT

In 2017, two $3,000 Fellowships are available.

Scholarship Website


Agronomic Travel Study Undergraduate Scholarship

DESCRIPTION:

MUST BE CURRENT ASA, CSSA, OR SSSA MEMBERS

The objective of the Undergraduate Agronomic Travel Study Scholarship (formerly Cross-Cultural Experience Program Scholarship) emphasizes a learning and working experience for an undergraduate student to learn more about agricultural sciences and agricultural education through international agricultural programs. It also provides an opportunity for students to live and learn with students of another culture and language. The scholarship is made possible by a gift from the Lewis B. Nelson Fund from the Agronomic Science Foundation and administered by the American Society of Agronomy.

 

If you have any questions about submission, please contact Emily Fuger (efuger@sciencesocieties.org; 608-268-4949).

Nominations Opened: Feb 1, 2017 – 8:00 AM CST
Nominations initiated by: Apr 5, 2017 – 4:00 PM CDT
2 Reference Letters and Final Nomination submission by: Apr 12, 2017 – 4:00 PM CDT

Four $4,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2017.

Scholarship Website


Hubert J. Byrd Sr. Scholarship

DESCRIPTION:

MUST BE CURRENT ASA, CSSA, OR SSSA MEMBERS

The scholarship was established in memory of Hubert J. Byrd Sr., a prominent and highly respected soil scientist. By encouraging undergraduate students to major in soil science degree programs, the scholarship will help recruit top students into nationally recognized soil science programs to meet the expanding and diverse needs of this field. The SSSA Consulting Soil Scientists Division encourages soil science undergraduates to pursue a career in the field of professional consulting soil science to meet the various public needs and practical applications of this science. Funds for the scholarship are made available by the Agronomic Science Foundation and administered by the Soil Science Society of America. 

 

If you have any questions about submission, please contact Emily Fuger (efuger@sciencesocieties.org; 608-268-4949).

Nominations Opened: Feb 1, 2017 – 8:00 AM CST
Nominations initiated by: Apr 5, 2017 – 4:00 PM CDT
2 Reference Letters and Final Nomination submission by: Apr 12, 2017 – 4:00 PM CDT

Two scholarships will be offered in the amount of $1000 each.

Scholarship Website


Soil and Water Conservation Scholarship

DESCRIPTION:

MUST BE CURRENT ASA, CSSA, OR SSSA MEMBERS

Great soil and water conservationists do not evolve from our education systems, but are nurtured throughout their education and career building period by conservation stalwarts who have traveled on before them. Credit must be given to the mentors and colleagues that have shaped the field of soil and water conservation before us. The reality is the number of professionals, mentors, college curriculums, and students are diminishing in the field of soil and water conservation. This Soil and Water Conservation Scholarship is meant to bring back into focus the vital necessity and passion for our discipline by encouraging current students to consider a career in soil and water conservation. The award is supported by funds from the Soil and Water Management & Conservation Division to the Agronomic Science Foundation and administered by SSSA.

A stipend of $3000 will be awarded to the selected candidate in August preceding the start of the fall semester. In addition, $500 will be awarded to the student awardee’s major professor or advisor to encourage the continued mentoring of the student in the field of soil and water conservation, as well as to entice the student candidate to apply for the scholarship, and to accompany the awardee attending the SSSA Annual Meeting.

Evaluation:

  • Current scholastic accomplishments (classes taken, projects completed). Transcripts not required
  • Student’s career goals in soil and water conservation
  • Student’s work experiences in the field of soil and water conservation
  • Major professor’s support and acknowledgement of student’s activities
  • Student’s vision of the importance of soil and water conservation in their near future

Further information about the Soil and Water Conservation Scholarship can be found on the Soil and Water Management & Conservation Division webpage, or contact Jerry Lemunyon, scholarship chair.

Nominations Opened: Feb 1, 2017 – 8:00 AM CST
Nominations initiated by: May 24, 2017 – 4:00 PM CDT
1 Reference Letters and Final Nomination submission by: May 31, 2017 – 4:00 PM CDT

Scholarship Website


Golden Opportunity Scholars

DESCRIPTION:

MUST BE CURRENT ASA, CSSA, OR SSSA MEMBERS

The ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Golden Opportunity Scholars Institute will match undergraduate students with society professionals during the international Annual Meetings. This exciting professional development program is aimed at strengthening the agronomy, crops, soils, and environmental science professions by encouraging students to enroll in related programs, with the intent of having them become the next generation of leaders in the profession. The program is supported by Golden Opportunity Fund through the Agronomic Science Foundation. Students from across the U.S. and the world will be selected. Student scholars will receive financial support for travel, lodging, registration, and other costs related to attend the Annual Meetings.

This award is open to students currently enrolled in associate or bachelor degree programs.

If you have any questions about submission, please contact Emily Fuger (efuger@sciencesocieties.org; 608-268-4949).

Nominations Opened: Feb 1, 2017 – 8:00 AM CST
Nominations initiated by: Apr 5, 2017 – 4:00 PM CDT
1 Reference Letters and Final Nomination submission by: Apr 12, 2017 – 4:00 PM CDT

Scholarship Website


Nelson Yield-Limiting Factors Graduate Student Scholarship

DESCRIPTION:

MUST BE CURRENT ASA, CSSA, OR SSSA MEMBERS

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage students to pursue research and careers in support of the diagnosis yield-limiting factors in agronomy. The focus of the scholarship is on leadership and accomplishments and the nominee’s long-term personal goals to research and develop improved diagnostic techniques and solutions to yield-limiting factors in agronomy. The scholarship is provided through the Agronomic Science Foundation by the Werner L. Nelson Fund and administered through the American Society of Agronomy. 

If you have any questions about submission, please contact Emily Fuger efuger@sciencesocieties.org 608-268-4949.

Nominations Opened: Feb 1, 2017 – 8:00 AM CST
Nominations initiated by: Apr 5, 2017 – 4:00 PM CDT
2 Reference Letters and Final Nomination submission by: Apr 12, 2017 – 4:00 PM CDT

One $5000 scholarship will be given in 2017.

Scholarship Website

 
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CONTACT:

Liz Smith
Student Services Coordinator
230A Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-3989