Internship – Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center
Mount Vernon, WA
Internship Title: Managing a specialty cider apple orchard from soil to cider
Desired start date: July 1st, 2016 or September 1st, 2016
Deadline to apply: March 25th, 2016
Hours per week: The position will be available for fall or summer 2016. The position will be offered for a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks, with up to 40 hours of work per week. The rate of pay will be $12/hr.
Qualifications: Any horticulture or agriculture based science major. Learning is a continual process that requires reception, commitment, and practice.
Project Description: Washington State is an emerging producer of cider apples in the United States. Multiple institutions, nurseries, and growers have been involved in the development of the cider apple industry nationwide. Innovations used to grow cider apples include disease resistant rootstocks, variations on trellising, and mechanical harvesting (Fallahi, 2012; Lehnert, 2010; Marshall and Andrews, 1994; Miles and King, 2014; Schotzko and Granatstein, 2005; Washington State University Extension, 2013). Although only around 300 acres of cider apples are grown in Washington compared to nearly 200,000 acres of dessert apples, hard cider production has increased 382% in the last five years with 524,282 gallons produced in 2014 (Galinato et al., 2014). The student intern filling this position will work with the project team led by Dr. Carol Miles and will contribute to the team’s goal of assisting the Washington cider apple industry advance at a rapid but efficient pace. Depending on the term of internship the student could potentially be involved in: (1) managing crop load; (2) developing tree structure; (3) propagating new trees; (4) monitoring and controlling tree stress, abiotic and biotic (5) harvesting fruit; and (6) processing and analyzing fruit juice quality. The internship will provide experience in the field, specific to the Pacific Northwest, and in the laboratory, with an underlying applied research focus. The internship has the potential to develop the student in terms of academics and real world experience. The position should be of value to any student studying Agricultural Engineering, Entomology, Food Science, Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding, or Plant Pathology, as the internship will involve work based in all of these fields.