College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Horticulture

Internship – Mt. Adams Orchards Corporation

White Salmon, WA

Agriculture Internship Opportunity

Mt. Adams Orchards has designed an agriculture intern position that provides exposure to the practical aspects of apple, pear and cherry growing. This position is best suited for students interested in learning production agriculture leading to managing a fruit orchard.

Nestled at the foot of Mt. Adams in Washington State, Mt. Adams Orchards is a 1,600 acre progressive apple, pear and cherry orchard that sells and ships both conventional and organic grown fruit, worldwide, including Mexico and Asia.

If you are a college student interested in progressive agriculture and are studying the following programs then we want to talk to you.

  • Horticulture
  • Agriculture Economics
  • Agriculture engineering
  • Biology


  • Exposure and work with:
    • Apple, Pear and Cherry Thinning
      • Working with crews
      • Thinning flowers
    • Fruit Growth
      • Taking size samples
      • Interpreting data
      • Creating spreadsheets
      • Presenting data to the intern supervisor
    • Irrigation
      • Working with irrigation manager
      • Manual labor duties associated with irrigation
      • Forecasting irrigation needs
      • Fertigation
        • Analyzing nutrient requirements
        • Application through irrigation system
    • Cherry Harvest
      • Harvest safety
      • Harvest operations management
      • Tracking QA data
      • Interpreting data
      • Creating spreadsheets
      • Presenting data to intern supervisor
    •  Entomology
      • Working with scouting crew
        • Inspecting traps
        • Identifying pests
        • Keeping pest information
        • Interpreting data
        • Creating spreadsheets
        • Presenting data to intern supervisor
      • Pest management/spray program
        • Analyzing pest data from field observation
        • Analyzing weather data
        • Spray techniques
        • Spray equipment
          • Function and operation
          • Proper use and safety
        • Chemical SDS’
    • Fire Blight diagnosis and mitigation
      • Working with orchard management regarding the mitigation of fire blight.
    • Summer Apple Pruning
      • To enhance fruit quality
    • Employee Management
      • Basic employment law
      • H2A Farm Worker Visa Program
        • Contractual obligations and compliance
        • Processing
      • Safety and Health
      • Spray program
      • Worker communication
    • Tree training
      • Apples, pears and cherries using a systems approach
      • Determining what tree training materials to use
      • Calculating tree training cost on a per acre basis
    • Shop Work
      • Exposure to the shop and what is done
      • Describe further expectations
      • Repair vs. replacement costs
      • Maintenance record tracking
    • Office exposure
      • Payroll
      • Worker’s compensation
      • Other expectations
  • Orchard Food Safety
    • Global GAP
    • OSHA Field Sanitation
    • Organic program
      • Policies and procedures
  • Other associated duties of an ag or business nature as directed by Orchard Superintendent

Physical demands and work environment:

  • Excellent physical health and stamina
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability and desire to work outside in all types of weather that is hot, dusty, humid, wet, cold and windy.
  • Ability to walk in varied terrain with topography up to 50 degrees inclination and declination

Experience and Education:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an agriculture or related college program with the goal to obtain a degree suitable to the management of an agribusiness
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to be a self-starter and work independently or on a team
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office including word and excel.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Solid analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to solve problems in a practical manner
  • Ability to deal with a variety of changing situations

Hours:            40 hours per week at least, Mon. – Fri. 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Work start and stop time may be earlier and/or longer depending on the available work and may last up to 50 – 60 hours a week.

Duration:        June through September. Mt. Adams Orchards is flexible with the start and end date depending on school schedule.

Pay:                $12.50 per hour

Housing:         Housing is provided for no cost during the time of employment.

Vehicle:          Intern must provide own transportation

Application Deadline:        4/1/2016


Mt. Adams Orchards
503 Oak Ridge Road,
White Salmon Washington 98672.

To Apply:       Applicants are encouraged to email a cover letter and resume outlining their current course of study and applicable experience they may have to:

Troy Frostad

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