Come Work With Us in the NC Alternative Crops & Organics Program!

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two people planting broccoli in a big field

Planting broccoli in an on-farm study in western North Carolina.

3/5/2020 – Do you enjoy working outdoors? Do you like working with plants? Are you interested in agricultural research? Would you like to be part of the enthusiastic NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program team? If you answered “yes” to those questions, or know someone who would, keep on reading!

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Collecting flowering data in hemp trials in western North Carolina.

We have two temporary jobs open for the 2020 growing season.

Position Number One will be based out of the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC. The employee will work in all aspects of our program. Much of the time will be spent in the field working with broccoli, organic tomatoes and Southern peas, hemp, hops, medicinal herbs, and truffles. Tasks will include weeding, pruning, training, harvesting, grading, data collection, and general assistance with many aspects of the program. Some office work may include data entry, photo management, making photocopies, etc. Both organic and conventional crops will be included. There will be day travel involved to research stations in Waynesville and Salisbury. This position is a temporary growing season position that will run from May through October. It will usually be 40 hours per week. If you apply, please do not expect to take an extended vacation during that time. And this position is not appropriate for someone who needs to return to school in August because our harvest season is in September and October. Here is the link to the job description and application instructions on the NC State University Jobs website. You must apply for this position through the website.

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Working in the ramps research plots in the woods in western North Carolina.

Position Number Two will be based out of the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC. This position will report to the research station superintendent and will work with the research station staff on a large number of projects, including ones outside our program. The employee will be available to work with our program when we are on the station and will help with the organic tomato and Southern pea, broccoli, and truffle research. This is a manual labor position. Duties will include planting, harvesting, weeding, mowing, hoeing, data collection, and other tasks as assigned. This is an extended summer position that will start in late April or early May and run through at least August and maybe as long as October. If you apply, please do not expect to take an extended vacation during that time. This position may be appropriate for a college student who needs to return to school in August.

Here is a link to the job description and application instructions on the NC State University Jobs website. You must apply for this position through the website.