Research and Education Apprenticeships 2017-07-31T09:46:42+00:00

2017 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Apprenticeship Program


The Center for Environmental Farming Systems Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Apprenticeship Program is app-page-1seeking highly-motivated individuals from a variety of different backgrounds to participate in a hands-on work and study program that trains participants in many aspects of sustainable agriculture production, education and research. The majority of each apprentices’ work will focus on a particular production system at CEFS, although locations will vary. A wide array of topics to study are available, including: Small Farm Production, Agroecological Production Techniques and Long-term Comparative Farming Systems. Apprenticeship appointments are for a period of time of six to eight months and are located in Greensboro, Raleigh or Goldsboro, NC. During that time, Apprentices will have the opportunity to:

  • Immerse oneself in agricultural production and field research, spending up to forty hours a week as an integral part of a team,
  • Work with a highly diverse team of educators from North Carolina State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services;
  • Interact with other Apprentices at various research units and sites;
    Participate in field trips to local farms.
Prior Experience Required:app-pics-2
  • High school diploma
  • Applicants should be able to lift up to 45 lbs.
  • Work in inclement weather
  • Attention to detail
Application Process:

Applicants are required to apply through the North Carolina State University Jobs Website. Required information includes: committing an online application, submitting a cover letter stating your interest in the Apprenticeship Program and why you would be an excellent candidate, a resume, a letter of recommendation as well as a ranking of your interest in the different research/ education programs offered.

Selection Process:

This is a rigorous and highly competitive program. Apprenticeship applications will be reviewed by a multi-agency/ multidisciplinary group of educators and several applicants will be selected for telephone interviews. Each year only four to five apprentices will be accepted.

CEFS Apprenticeship Program Offers:

Apprentices receive $7.25/hour. (All applicable payroll taxes apply). Housing is not provided. There is no meal-plan or food stipend. Apprentices must have their own transportation.

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