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Student Opportunities

Get involved with the Student Farm!

Volunteer

Students and community members can volunteer at the Student Farm - our capacity for volunteers varies by program. We require a safety training which happens in the first week of the quarter. Click here to learn more. To get on the email list for volunteer opportunities sign up here

Intern

**UPDATE 5/21/2023: Our Student Farm Internship Sign-up Form for Summer Session 1+2 and Fall Quarter 2023 is now open. We are requiring students to intern for the full summer (SS1&2) and sign up for the same number of units for both sessions. Please note: filling out this form does not guarantee you an internship spot with a Student Farm program. If spots are full, you will be added to our early-notification list for future internship opportunities in the 2023/24 academic year.**

UC Davis students can earn academic credit for their work at the farm. Typically interns receive 1 to 3 units of credit depending on how much time they plan to spend at the farm; 30 hours of work earns students one unit. We encourage students to do a 2 unit internship. In addition to completing these hours, interns are required to complete reflective written work and check in regularly with an assigned mentor. Interns are encouraged to sign up well before the quarter begins. 

We offer internships in the following Student Farm programs:

  • Market Garden: interns learn about small-scale organic mixed vegetable production
  • Ecological Garden and Flower Project: interns learn about non-mechanized backyard gardening and small-scale sustainable flower production. Watch this video to learn more about the Eco Garden and Flower Project, and what you will do as an intern.
  • Fresh Focus: interns work to address student food insecurity and farm food loss
  • SCOPE: interns learn about plant breeding for organic systems. Watch this video to learn more about the SCOPE project. 

Learn more about the flow of our internship program here.

Employees 

The Student Farm is currently hiring 2022-23 Lead Student Farmers. We are hiring for multiple positions in the Market Garden, Eco Garden, Flower Project, Fresh Focus, and SCOPE! Learn more and apply here! Applications due March 27, 2022.

We offer a number of student employment positions at the farm and aspire to these leadership values. Please visit our Employment page for more information on current and potential opportunities.

There are also a number of university courses that take place at the Student Farm, along with a number of research opportunities and special projects.

The Student Farm is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests are welcome and encouraged to become involved. No prior farming or gardening experience is required.

Find out more

Take a tour!

Our introductory tours provide a great chance for those interested in getting involved at the farm to learn more about how they can participate in what we do. Typically, these tours take place during our Fall Welcome event on the second Tuesday of Fall Quarter.