Research and Education Apprenticeships – Overview 2018-05-16T17:03:30+00:00

2018 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 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 and Long-term Comparative Farming Systems. Apprenticeship appointments are for a period of time of six to eight months and are located in 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; and
  • Participate in field trips to local farms.
  • 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 steps include completing an online application and submitting a cover letter (stating your interest in the Apprenticeship Program and why you would be an excellent candidate), resume, letter of recommendation, and a ranking of your interest in the different research and education programs offered.

View Current Apprenticeship Descriptions and Details HERE:

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 $8.00/ 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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