Student Employees at the Student Farm

The Student Farm employs undergraduate and graduate students. Most student employees already have significant experience at the Student Farm through volunteer, internship or course participation. Employment in the Market Garden and Ecological Garden (see below) is open to both undergraduates and graduate students. There are also graduate student TA positions associated with the Student Farm’s courses in sustainable agriculture (PLS 15), organic crop production (PLS 49) and garden based learning with children (PLS 193). In addition to the above, the Student Farm employs a student community/events organizer and occasionally has other grant funded student positions.

Market Garden Employment

Each year there are several students employed in the Market Garden as “Lead Student Farmers.” Lead Student Farmers help to manage, produce and sell crops, as well as provide instruction, training, guidance and leadership to less experienced students participating in the Market Garden. To qualify for one of these positions, a student should understand and have experience with organic crop production. Additionally, it is ideal that applicants understand how the Market Garden functions, and possess desire to lead and educate fellow students throughout the farm.

Application and Hiring Process

New job openings at the farm may occur unexpectedly throughout the year. Therefore, interested students who meet the necessary qualifications can submit an application to Raoul Adamchak in person or by email at any time. A job description and application form are available here. 
For more information about the Market Garden, contact the Market Garden Coordinator, Raoul Adamchak at (530) 304-1898 or rwadamchak@ucdavis.edu.

We are now hiring Lead Student Farmers for the Market Garden for Summer and Fall Quarters! View the full job description and application at the bottom of this page.

Ecological Garden Employment

There are 1-2 employees each year in the Ecological Garden hired as “Lead Student Gardeners” (LSG).  This employee guides interns and volunteers working in gardening crews of 3-6 people to maintain all aspects of the Ecological Garden site. To qualify for this position, a student must be a competent gardener with previous experience in organic gardening practices as well as a strong commitment to sharing skills and knowledge with others.  LSGs meet weekly with lead EG staff to determine overall management of the site.  It is ideal that any applicant has previous experience at the Student Farm.

The Ecological Garden also typically employs one “Assistant Head Gardener” (AHG) who is a graduate of UCD and Student Farm programs.  This is a non-student position.  The job requires excellent gardening and leadership experience and skills.  The AHG meets weekly with lead EG staff to determine overall management of the site.

Application and Hiring Process: These EG positions open infrequently. When available they are announced and applicants who meet the necessary qualifications submit an application to Carol Hillhouse.  For more information about the Ecological Garden contact Ecological Garden Coordinator at jchillhouse@ucdavis.edu or stop by the farm during Ecological Garden hours and talk with anyone on the garden crew.