Regional Internship In Applied Grains Research
Unique grains research position in the Clare Valley
Applications for 2019 are now closed
Congratulations to our successful applicant, Jade Rose who will join us in February 2019.
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
The research options may be tailored to your specific interests. Research skills you will gain include trial design and management, sampling, statistical analysis of data and written and oral communication with growers and advisers. You will 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).
This initiative has been developed by the South Australian Grains Industry Trust, HFSG and South Australian Research and Development Institute.
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.
A 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...
Dylan 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.
“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.