Work with FH as a seasonal soil sampling intern!

Mission: Future Harvest’s mission is to advance agriculture that sustains farmers, communities, and the environment. We provide education, networking, advocacy, and research to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed, where food flows from farm and fishery to table in ways that strengthen farming and the regional food economy; protect our land, water, and air; and provide healthy, nutritious food that sustains the region’s communities.

Position Description:
Future Harvest is seeking 2 soil sampling interns to join our team this fall. Interns will work with the Research/Million Acre Challenge Director on activities related to the Million Acre Challenge, Pasa Soil Health Benchmark Study and Climate-Smart Farming and Marketing projects.

The Million Acre Challenge is a collaborative project driven by a network of regional organizations, working together to advance healthy soils and regenerative agriculture on one million acres of Maryland agricultural land, and across the Chesapeake region, by 2030. We use soil health science, economics, education, and incentives to achieve our mission. Since 2019, we have partnered with Pasa Sustainable Agriculture to expand their Soil Health Benchmark Study- a large scale citizen science research project that collects soil health data along with detailed farm management data to help farmers understand the impact of management on soil health, into Maryland.

Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
-Collecting soil samples
-Collecting/reviewing farm management records
-Entering/organizing data
-Communicating with Farmer Research Collaborators
-Sharing information about other programs and funding opportunities with farmers
-Planning/Attending project meetings when needed


Soil sampling interns will be required to travel across the state, especially during peak sampling season from mid-October to mid-December.
Applicants should have:
-Reliable transportation
-Flexible schedule (especially during soil sampling season, Oct-Dec)
-Ability to lift 50 lbs.
-Ability to work outside in challenging weather conditions
-Bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences, and/or relevant farming experience
-Familiarity with excel, google suite
-Ability to work independently/self-motivate


Part-time internship position with variable hours (2-3 days/wk during peak sampling season, with reduced hours possible through January).
$18/hr; Reimbursement for travel (federal mileage rate) and lodging.

To apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter to Lisa Garfield, lisa@futureharvest.org. Application deadline is October 10, 2023, but positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

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1111 Shawan Rd. Suite 1

Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
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