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 opportunities in the Market Garden and Ecological Garden (see below) are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. There are also graduate student TA positions for courses that are hosted by the Student Farm, including PLS 15: Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture and PLS 49: Organic Crop Production Practices.

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

We are looking for Lead Student Farmers for the Market Garden starting Winter 2020! To read the announcement and apply download this application. If you have questions please contact Market Garden Manager Raoul Adamchak at

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

Ecological Garden positions are announced as they become available. Applicants who meet the necessary qualifications can then submit an application to Carol Hillhouse. For more information about the Ecological Garden contact Ecological Garden Coordinator at