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 


Bayer’s Youth Ag Summit Application open

Description:

Bayer is selecting 100 people from the age range of 18 through 25 to attend their Youth Ag Summit in Brazil  based off of essay submissions.The Youth Ag Summit will take place from  November 4-6. 2019. Bayer will bring together 100 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 from across the globe to discuss potential solutions to global agricultural challenges. The application period will run from 17 September 2018 until 10 January 2019. They will announce the names of the 100 selected delegates in May 2019. The 2019  “Youth Ag Summit” will take place in Brasilia, Brazil. The 100 delegates will represent 45 countries where Bayer operates and they will be selected via an essay competition.  The U.S. is responsible for selecting four delegates .

Visit https://www.youthagsummit.com/home/ to learn more about the event, view the essay question and criteria, and then apply online. Travel, accommodations and all meals associated with the Summit are covered by Bayer.

The application deadline is January 10, 2019.

Apply


Aquatic Ecology and Limnology Undergraduate Research positions available

Description:

Several undergraduate researcher positions in aquatic ecology and limnology are available in Dr. Alan
Wilson’s lab. Current lab research projects revolve around understanding the factors leading to harmful
algal blooms in recreational and drinking water reservoirs and aquaculture ponds.

The undergraduate students will assist current lab members (including graduate and undergraduate
students) with existing lab projects that include field experiments, large-scale lake surveys, and
laboratory-based mechanistic studies and analytical analyses.

For any additional information please visit http://www.wilsonlab.com/

Interested students are encouraged to email

  1. a brief letter of interest,
  2. resume including contact information for two references,
  3. an unofficial copy of your transcripts, and
  4. available work hours during the fall semester
to Alan Wilson (wilson@auburn.edu) for full consideration.

The application soft deadline is September 1, 2018.

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Application period now open for 2018-2019 Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Description:

Applications for undergraduate research fellowships with Auburn faculty are now being accepted. Students may apply for year-long, summer and semester-long fellowships. Eligible students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, and have time to complete the fellowship before graduation. For detailed application information, stipend amounts, and forms, visit our.auburn.edu/undergraduate-research-fellowship/   

The application deadline is February 6, 2018.

Apply

contact:

Questions may be directed to Dr. Lorraine Wolf, Director of Undergraduate Research, undgres@auburn.edu.


 

Graduate Students


Agroclimatology group seeking Master and PhD students

Description:

GRADUATE STUDENTS: Graduate students: Opportunities for PhD and MS students are available periodically. If you are interested in the most up to date opportunities, please contact Dr. Tian.

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

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

Lab website

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

Please discuss any internship opportunity with your academic advisor.

Internship Forms


Announcements:

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture International Trade Programs Internship

DESCRIPTION:

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is seeking highly motivated students who are interested in learning more about marketing and promotional activities in international export markets for U.S. agricultural products and commodities.

 This internship is based in Arlington, VA. Schedule is flexible and will be determined pending the intern’s availability. All NASDA interns receive monthly stipends.

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Spring 2019 Interns must apply by OCTOBER 26 and Fall 2019 Interns should apply by MAY 17


National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Stephen Haterius Student Agriculture Leadership Program  available

DESCRIPTION:

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is seeking highly motivated students interested about the legislation and regulations that impact American agriculture.

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Applications Deadlines are for: Spring 2019, October 26; Summer 2019, February 12; Fall 2019, May 21


USDA NRCS Pathway Intern Vacancy Announcements

DESCRIPTION:

The USDA NRCS Pathways Internship Program is for current students. If you’re a current student in high school, college, trade school or other qualifying educational institution, you may be eligible. This program offers paid opportunities to work in federal agencies and explore federal careers while completing your education.

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APPLICATION DEADLINES VARY


Internship Opportunities Available through AgCareers.com

DESCRIPTION:

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES VARY

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

Cses graduate student association

cotton harvesterCrop, Soils, and Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Organization is a group of graduate students working together to promote networking among students and professionals with similar agricultural interests. Social and educational opportunities will foster professional career development and encourage the exchange of ideas.

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CROP, SOIL & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCEs 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.  The mission is to give students the ability to participate in a departmental organization in order to educate and inform students about opportunities and careers in Agronomy, Environmental Sciences and Crop Sciences.  The organization also gives students the opportunity to get involved in the College of Agriculture.

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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

Auburn Turfbowl team receiving four thousand dollar check and trophyEvery 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.

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Auburn young farmers

TractorThe Auburn Young Farmers organization seeks to develop leadership training and experience; expand varied interests of young, rural Alabamians; create awareness of the problems that face today’s young farmers; promote better understanding of agribusiness; broaden the understanding about the organization, operation and policies of the Alabama Farmers Federation; and give Alabama’s young farmers the opportunity to have a vital voice in Alabama and its government. In addition to regular meetings, activities include Youth Leadership Camps, charity drives, Ag Hill and campus activities and other events.

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Environmental Action Committee

Environmental Action Committee logoThe Environmental Action Committee (EAC) exists to promote positive environmental practices, how to live a sustainable lifestyle, and to educate the student body about their impact on their environment.

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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.

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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:

Edko Vegetation Managers seeking Utility Arborists

DESCRIPTION:

Edko, LLC is seeking utility vegetation management professionals, and/or candidates with a 2 or 4 year degree in forestry or a related field. Personnel are expected to perform inspections, and evaluations of line clearance work and vegetation along utility lines. Utility Arborists will plan, direct, and coordinate the activities of tree clearance crews, interface with and negotiate line-clearance crew access and practices with utility customers, as well as, conducting other various special projects.  

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • The ability to work independently with excellent communication skills.
  • An AA or BA Degree in forestry, arboriculture or a related field; or utility vegetation management experience. Utility Arborist certification or ability to become certified within 1-year is preferred.
  • Local tree knowledge beneficial
  • Ability to work in inclement weather
  • Ability to interpret and follow maps
  • Ability to use a laptop computer, GPS, and GIS
  • Valid Driver License required  
Benefits:
  • Full time positions starting immediately
  • Edko offers competitive wages and excellent benefits
  • Company Vehicle/Gas Card supplied for work related/commuting
    purposes

Apply Online

Questions can be directed to:

Office of undergraduate research seeking office assistant

DESCRIPTION:

The Office of Undergraduate Research is looking to hire a new office assistant. This is a year-long position (graduation date must be after May 2019) and the position may be renewed. The Office Assistant provides support for projects and activities related to fostering excellence in undergraduate education through research. The successful candidate should have excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills. S/he must be a self-starter and able to work within deadlines, manage multiple assignments and collaborate effectively with others.  

Desired QUALIFICATIONS:
  1. Excellent command of written English; ability to communicate effectively through email
    and electronic media
  2. Interest in and experience with undergraduate research
  3. Knowledge of webpage construction would be helpful but not required
  4. Working knowledge of MS Office products, such as Word and Excel
  5. Professional demeanor

Apply Online

Questions can be directed to:
  • Dr. Lorraine W. Wolfe
    Director of Undergraduate Research
    Office of Undergraduate Research
    CONTACT RECRUITER

Keystone foods seeking quality assurance supervisor

DESCRIPTION:

Keystone Foods is looking to fill a Quality Assurance Supervisor position in Camilla, GA. The QA Supervisor contributes to the success of Keystone Foods by directing the team to meet customer needs and achieve standards related to safety, quality, cost, efficiencies, and waste. This individual is responsible for leading union Quality Assurance employees.  This position is located in Camilla, GA and essential duties and responsibilities include and are not limited to:

  • Responsible for assisting management and supervising QA technicians in providing a safe and healthy work environment, free of all recognizable hazards.  Must understand and comply with Keystone Foods safety performance audit. This shall include but not be limited to providing safety training to employees, conducting safety audits, completion and follow-up of maintenance work orders, and completing the necessary documentation 
  • Assists with the managment of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) programs including prerequisite and supporting programs.  Responsible for auditing personnel compliance to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP), and other quality and/or food safety systems.
  • Assists with managing various QA documentation including the compilation of data and the preparation of charts and reports.  Assists in the maintenance and accuracy of the product hold logs.
  • Assures that nonconforming product is properly dispositioned and reported to the appropriate personnel.
  • Provides appropriate administrative support to hourly associates in regards to payroll, attendance and other related areas
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • A high school diploma or equivalent (required).
  • 1-3 years of experience in a food processing environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with an emphasis in Life Science, Poultry Science, Food Science, or other related science fields (preferred).
  • Computer skills in MS Office Suite
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Basic math skills
  • Time Management skills
  • Organization skills
  • Plant environment- cool and moist. Light lifting of 25 lbs. or less required

Apply Online

interested candidates can contact:
  • Megan Cameron
    Food Safety & Quality Operations Manager
    Keystone Foods
    CONTACT RECRUITER

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:

Benjamin A. Gillman International Scholarship Application 

DESCRIPTION:

The Gilman Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is an undergraduate grant program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to thrive in the global economy.

Online applications for Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 (early decision) are open.  Please visit https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/program/eligibility/ for program and eligibility information.

Please note: one of the eligibilities is that an applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship.

DUE October 2, 2018 and March 6, 2019

SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITE


tHE cOLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE Study Abroad Scholarship Application

DESCRIPTION:

The goal of this program is to foster and encourage student participation in study abroad programs and other international experiences focused on food and agriculture. The college will award scholarships of up to $2,000 to College of Agriculture students participating in study abroad programs and other international experiences. The funds for this scholarship will be distributed to the student’s Bursar’s account. The award will not be made until a selected student submits evidence that commitments to participate in the program have been made (e.g. airline ticket receipt, program fee, class registration). For more details regarding the trips go to: https://agriculture.auburn.edu/academics/study-abroad/ .  To be considered for the first round of scholarships, students must submit an application by November 5, 2018.  One additional scholarship cycle is available its deadline is February 5, 2019.  Questions regarding the program can be directed to Megan Ross at mhr0001@auburn.edu

DUE NOVEMBER 5, 2018 AND FEBRUARY 5, 2019

SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITE


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offering Undergraduate Scholarships

DESCRIPTION:

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which helps high-achieving low-income students reach their full potential through education, is inviting applications for its College Scholarship Program, the largest undergraduate scholarship in the country. Scholarship recipients will receive awards of up to $40,000 a year for four years to help cover the costs of tuition, books, living expenses, and required fees. Up to forty spaces are available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to financial support, the program offers an on-staff adviser to help students transition to college and maximize their campus experiences, as well as access to a network of scholars and opportunities students might not otherwise have, such as funding for internships, study abroad, and graduate study. To be eligible, applicants must plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in the spring of 2019 and enroll in an accredited four-year college in the fall; have earned a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above; acheive an SAT combined math and critical reading score of 1200 or above or an ACT composite score of 26 or above; and demonstrate unmet financial need. For complete scholarship guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions, see the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website at https://www.jkcf.org/

DUE NOVEMBER 20, 2018

SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITE


U.S. Department of State -Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

DESCRIPTION:

Applications are now being accepted for the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. The CLS Program is a fully-funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Most CLS languages do not require previous study of the target language.

CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. The scholarship program includes international airfare, tuition, and all program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family). The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Download a one-page CLS flyer here.

CLS Website: http://www.clscholarship.org;

CLS Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CLScholarship;

CLS Twitter page: https://twitter.com/CLSscholarship;

Questions? Email CLS@AmericanCouncils.org

 

DUE NOVEMBER 27, 2018 by 8:00pm EST

SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITE


nATIONAL cORN gROWERS aSSOCIATION sCHOLARSHIP

DESCRIPTION:

The National Corn Growers Association is again offering its William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship thanks to the sponsorship of BASF Corporation.  Five $1,000 scholarships are available to college students (sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and Ph.D. candidates) who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agricultural, agribusiness or an ag-vocation field.

Applicants or a parent/guardian must be a member of NCGA. Funds are for the 2019-2020 school year.  Past scholarship winners, employees and the families of employees of any division of BASF or their subsidiaries or NCGA are not eligible for the scholarship. Students may apply for membership at NCGA.com.

Applications must be postmarked on or before December 1, 2018.

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

Questions can be directed to Steve Uram, Marketing Manager for NCGA Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program.

DUE DECEMBER 1, 2018

SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITE


sCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH AUSOM

DESCRIPTION:

Current Students can now apply for University, College, and Department level scholarships thru AUSOM. Students are encouraged to

1) Complete the scholarship application through the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM) by 4:45 p.m. CST on February 1 to receive consideration for General Scholarships awarded by the Office of University Scholarships and Departmental Scholarships awarded by Auburn’s colleges and schools.

2) Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online beginning in October. The FAFSA should be received by February 1 for consideration of scholarships.

3) Pursue External Scholarship opportunities.

4) Respond to all scholarship offers by May 1.  Please note if your student received a scholarship for the 2017-18 they must re-apply each year for a scholarships. If your student didn’t receive a scholarship please consider applying again.

DUE FEBRUARY 1, 2019

SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITE


Other Scholarship Resources
College Board
Fastweb
Scholarships.com
Peterson's
Cappex
Chegg
Niche
Unigo
 
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For More Information

CONTACT:

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Liz Smith
Academic Advisor II
230A Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-3989