2014 Horticulture Internship Program
University of California Cooperative Extension and the Almond Board of California and the California Dried Plum Board are pleased to offer an exciting internship opportunity in the agricultural and biological sciences.
This paid internship offers the successful candidate an opportunity to learn about and assist with cutting edge research and education programs focused on sustainable agriculture, integrated pest management, water use efficiency, improved water quality, and innovative practices to minimize environmental impacts while ensuring economic viability of the tree crop industries. The intern will also participate in educational and outreach efforts with farmers, pest control professionals, and the general public regarding crop production and environmental protection. Working closely with experienced Cooperative Extension Farm Advisors, the intern will learn about the latest in agricultural practices and technologies pertaining to almonds and other tree crops.
Importance of Horticulture
Tree crops, especially almonds, are collectively California’s most important crop economically, and growing in importance. California has greater than 700,000 acres of almonds, with a $2 billion annual farm value. California produces roughly half of the world dried plum supply on approximately 50,000 acres of orchards. Approximately half of this production is exported. The marketing and production expertise of California growers, processing companies, and the research expertise of UC Farm Advisors are well known throughout the world.