Jobs and Internships at ASI

Positions available at the Agricultural Sustainability Institute and its affiliated programs are posted on this page.  UC Davis positions can be found at

Staff and Academic Positions


 UC Global Food Initiative: Sustainable Ag & Food Systems Inventory Project Assistant
(2 UC Davis Undergraduate Student Assistant III positions available) 


The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Multi-Campus Inventory Project, funded by the UC Office of the President’s Global Food Initiative, will gather and catalogue information about sustainable ag and food systems work within the UC system while exploring models of intercampus collaboration and networking.  Student assistants based at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Riverside, and UC Santa Cruz will work with each other, along with campus-based advisors and UC SAREP project staff, to co-create and pre-test a prototype for the inventory process and then implement the inventory during summer 2015. Our initial focus will be to highlight key ongoing UC programs and initiatives. This project will provide an excellent opportunity for students to become familiar with UC contributions to a more sustainable food and agriculture system.

Job Description:

UC Davis student assistants will work in collaboration with the team to build an inventory of current and recent UC research and outreach addressing sustainable agriculture and food systems. Under the guidance of our campus-based advisor, assistants will identify departments and programs working in this area at UC Davis and within UC ANR’s statewide cooperative extension county locations.  Duties will include: 

·         Collaborate on the development of inventory process.

·         Conduct internet searches to identify programs and people working on sustainable agriculture and food systems.

·         Use email, phone, and in-person interviews to learn more from faculty and organizations on campus.

·         Facilitate inter-campus collaborations using teleconference, Skype, social media, and other communications tools.

·         Provide feedback on the development of on-line catalog of inventory.

Tenure and schedule:

Student assistants will generally work as follows:
            25% during spring (up to 10 hrs/week) (Start date approx. April 23rd )
            75% during summer (30 hrs/week)
            25% during fall quarter (up to 10 hrs/week)

Student assistants must be available to work through the summer, and preferably through December 2015.



·         Experience with or previous exposure to sustainable agriculture or food systems topics.

·         Familiarity with some aspects of sustainable agriculture work at home campus.

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

·         Proficient computer skills, including spreadsheets.

·         Detail-oriented; ability to gather and maintain information with a high level of accuracy.

·         Organizational and time management skills.

·         Must have some scheduling flexibility to accommodate occasional team conference calls.

·         Database design and/or management skills desirable but not required.

·         Must be available to work approximately 75% time during summer session.


To apply:

Please send a resume and a brief letter describing why you are interested and qualified for this position to:  Mariah Coley, For full consideration, please apply by April 14th


Junior Specialist - Biodigester Residue Fertilization, Agricultural Sustainability Institute


The candidate will contribute to research under the project entitled “Producing Valuable Co-Products and Improving Nutrient Management for Dairy Manure Digester Systems”. 



The researcher will be a key contributor to a project funded by CDFA to analyze the effects of dairy manure digester co-products for nutrient management in tomatoes and corn at the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility. The junior specialist will contribute to implementation of a field trial comparing anaerobically digested dairy liquids and solids to mineral fertilizer. The junior specialist will be responsible for measuring the nitrogen mineralization potential of the different soil amendments, nitrogen uptake and effect on soil properties (carbon storage and salinity), as well as crop yields.  



The desired candidate will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Plant Sciences, Soil Science, Biosystems Engineering Environmental Science and Management, or a related field.  The preferred applicant will have knowledge of some or all of the following: (1) soil and/or agricultural field research and sampling methodology (2) carbon and nitrogen cycling (mineralization, uptake, storage, losses) (3) data analysis, research report writing and presentation. Other desired qualifications include experience or knowledge of dairy digesters, drip irrigation, and outreach of research results to external stakeholders. 


Salary:  $36,432-$38,856


Appointment date:  The position is expected to support a Junior Specialist at 100% for a period of 1 year and 9 months. 


Applications:  Applications should be submitted on-line at ( Inquiries should be directed to Emma Torbert, Search Committee Chair, Agricultural Sustainability Institute, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA  95616, telephone (530) 752-5208, email:


Applicants should submit: a curriculum vitae, a cover letter summarizing interest in the position and the most relevant background and skills; and names, addresses including e-mail, and telephone numbers of two references.  The position will close on 2/24/2015.  To ensure consideration, applications should be received by 2/24/2015.


UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community.  We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) is strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space. 


 Apply online here:, click on Applicants. The position code is JPF00505 and is under Agr & Env Sci Dean’s Office.

Student Positions

We have no positions available at this time.

Student Internships

Interested in our Internship Program? Please visit the Student Farm Internship page and the Russell Ranch Internship page for more information about on-campus internships with the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.

The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service's internship page is a good resource to search for and find off-campus internships.