Career opportunities


Research & Extension Manager

Hart Research & Extension Manager, Bek Allen

Congratulations and welcome to our newest Research & Extension Manager, Bek Allen

Bek joins us with a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences from the University of Adelaide and three years experience as a Research Agronomist based in Naracoorte, SA.

Originally from Strathalbyn on the Fleurieu Peninsula, she has a particular interest in broadacre and pasture agronomy and is looking forward to joining the Hart team to assist in delivering research to growers and the wider agricultural community to improve farm productivity.

Bek starts at Hart on February 3rd and we're really looking forward to working with her.





Regional Internship in Applied Grains Research

Hart's 2020 Regional Intern, Brianna Guidera

Congratulations and welcome to our 2020 intern, Brianna Guidera

Brianna is originally from Elliston on the Eyre Peninsula and is currently completing her degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide.

She is particularly interested in the area of soil fertility and health but more broadly, is excited about working in grains research to help farmers improve the productivity, efficiency and profitability of their enterprises.

We look forward to having Brianna on the Hart team in February.






Regional Internship in Applied Grains Research

Information sheet

A regional internship offers graduate students one year training in applied grains research and development (R & D). The internship will be based in Clare, South Australia with the Hart Field-Site Group (HFSG). The intern will work with HFSG research manager on a daily basis, and collaborate with other researchers, industry, consultants and growers to deliver research projects in regional South Australia.

The HFSG conducts a large number of trials across the Mid-North and interns will contribute to research areas such as:

  • Weed management and control
  • Soil fertility and crop nutrition
  • Crop entomology
  • Agronomy and seeding systems

Research options may be tailored to your specific interests. You will gain skills in the areas of trial design and management, sampling, statistical analysis of data and written and oral communication with growers and advisers. You will also assist with the preparation of HFSG events (e.g. field days and workshops) and have the opportunity to network and attend industry events (e.g. GRDC updates).

Eligibility: Students who have completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences or equivalent in the past five years

This initiative has been developed by the South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT), HFSG and South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI). 


For more information please contact: 

Dr Sarah Noack

Research and Extension Manager

Hart Field-Site Group

Phone: 0420 218 420



A new internship will be offered every year until 2021.

Why apply...?
"Learning practical skills, working regionally and having interaction with numerous researchers, industry, agronomists and growers has been extremely important to my development as a researcher."
Jade Rose, Hart's 2019 regional intern



Hart, SARDI, SAGIT - Regional Internship position

Hart's 2019 regional intern, Jade Rose
2019 regional intern, Jade Rose


A regional internship is providing graduate students with a stepping stone into a career in agriculture, through hands-on experience at one of Australia’s leading cropping research trial sites.

The Hart Regional Internship is providing successful graduates with a one-year placement in applied grains research and development.

The intern works alongside the Hart Field-Site Group’s research manager, while collaborating with some of the state’s best researchers, industry, consultants and growers to deliver research projects in regional South Australia. Read more...

Hear from our previous interns...

Hart's 2016 regional intern, Rochelle Wheaton   Hart's 2017 regional intern, Dylan Bruce   Hart's 2018 regional intern, Emma Pearse

Hart 2018 regional intern, Emma PearseA desire to gain experience in agricultural research and to expand her networks in a new region inspired Emma Pearse (pictured left) from Miling in WA to apply for the 2018 regional internship.

Whilst not quite half way through her time with Hart, Ms Pearse has already been involved in trial planning, sowing and early crop monitoring.  She is excited about knowing she’ll be a part of this research right up until final analysis and reporting.

When asked about her favourite aspect of the role so far, Ms Pearse couldn’t narrow it down to just one thing.

“The interaction I’ve already had with a wide range of people in the ag industry; farmers, researchers and consultants, has been really valuable,” she said.

“I’ve been able to work directly with growers who’ve enabled me to survey their paddocks or host trials.”

“The internship has also helped increase my knowledge of grower issues in this region and helped me understand how that varies from farm to farm depending on soil, crop and disease history,” Ms Pearse said.

“This really puts our research into context - it’s easy to see the link between our research and how it benefits growers which is a great motivator,” she said. Read the full story...


Hart's 2017 regional intern, Dylan BruceDylan Bruce, Hart’s 2017 intern, saw the position as a chance to bridge the gap between university and industry research and something that could help expand his knowledge, experience and professional development when he applied this time last year.

“Right from the start of my internship I have been able follow on with my interest in cereal variety performance by focusing on the management of early sown long season wheats in the Mid-North as one of my main projects,” Mr Bruce said. 

“I have been able to apply the knowledge I gained during my degree and honours and put this into practice at Hart. This season has also thrown up a number of challenges such as mice, frost and dry conditions which has furthered my understanding of variety performance,” he said.

Mr Bruce also said he really appreciates the opportunities to collaborate with leading industry researchers and growers, and develop extension skills through the communication of trial progress and results to different audiences.


Hart's 2016 regional intern, Rochelle WheatonRochelle Wheaton was the recipient of the first twelve month internship based in Clare beginning in 2016 and has always been interested in research and communication aspects of agriculture.

“The reason I applied for the job was to figure out if a career in research was something I wanted to pursue,” Ms Wheaton said.

During my time at Hart I have been exposed to a range of research projects that have included cereal agronomy, pulse diseases, soil science and weed management.”

“Even though my time at Hart doesn’t finish till the end of February I have already had a few conversations regarding potential job offers which is pretty exciting,” she said.






Hart AGM
Tuesday April 7, 2020
6pm  |  Meeting by video link
(access details to be advised)

Winter Walk
Tuesday July 21, 2020
9am  |  Hart, SA

Hart Field Day
Tuesday September 15, 2020
9am - 3:30pm  |  Hart, SA

Spring Twilight Walk
Tuesday October 20, 2020
5pm  |  Hart, SA



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