College of Agriculture

Plant and Soil Science Internships

There are many Internships, temporary and permanent employment opportunities in plant sciences. The information below provides you with just a few ideas of the career opportunities and some web links that will help you explore further the opportunities that will be open to you.  The CSU, Chico Career Placement Center as well as the faculty and staff of the College of Agriculture will work with you to help you learn more the internships and career opportunities that are available.

Career Opportunities
Typical career positions you might qualify for include:
Agricultural Chemical SalesLand Management Specialist
Agricultural InspectorOrchard/Vineyard Mgmt
Agricultural Research ScientistPeace Corps
AgronomistNursery Management & Sales
Crop EcologistPlant Pathologist
Crop protection SpecialistPest Control Advisor/Inspector
Extension Farm AdviserResource Conservationist
Farm ManagerSeed Production
Fertilizer SpecialistSoil and Water Conservation
Food Inspector/GraderSoil Fertility Specialist
HorticulturalistWeed Specialist

Below is a sampling of the typical summer seasonal, temporary, and internship positions you might qualify for:

  • UC Cooperative Extension, Butte County, CA: Data Collection
  • Bayer, Northern CA: Establish & observe test plots
  • TJ Farms, Chico, CA: Web page design / update
  • US Forest Service, Sierraville, CA: Soil & watershed analysis
  • Tehama District Fair, Red Bluff, CA: Fair coordinator
  • Pacific Coast Producers, Palermo, CA: Wastewater management
  • CSU, Chico Farm: Calibration & utilization of SCADA system
  • California Wheat Commission: Sample collection, inventory maintenance

You should also check out the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) with federal agencies and the Experiential Education program on campus.

To learn more about jobs with various state and federal agencies, use the following links to connect with Federal and State Government Agencies who hire plant scientists

Below are some of the web sites that provide a listing of job opportunities relating to agriculture and natural resources:

Many of the professional societies associated with plant science provide information about career opportunities and job openings. Using the links below will help you learn more about career opportunities in each of the discipline areas: