Plant Industry Summer Internship with New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

Worksite Location
NYS Ag & Markets, Albany, NY
Project Dates
May - August
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Christopher Logue, Division Director, NYS Ag & Markets
Wages Up To
$4,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Plant Industry is responsible for safeguarding the health and economic viability of all New York’s Plant based agricultural industries.  The division’s program portfolio includes: plant grower/dealer registration and inspection, regulation of seed, fertilizer, lime and soil and plant inoculants and the apiary health/inspection program.  The division is also responsible for several quarantine, management and eradication programs and the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Plant Industry Intern will be working to assist field inspectors with the Industrial Hemp regulatory program and the implementation of the Spotted Lanternfly survey and management program. 

Activities will include, field sampling, surveying for pests, representing the department and division at outreach events and assisting division leadership with research and policy development.  Approximately 60-70% of work time will be spent in a field setting.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Candidates with work and/or educational experience in the plant sciences and entomology preferred.

The official station for this position will be the Albany Office at 10B Airline Drive, Albany NY. Appointees to this position will be required to operate a motor vehicle or otherwise demonstrate their capacity to meet the transportation needs of the job. If the position requires that you operate a motor vehicle, you must possess a driver's license valid in New York State at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter.    

Benefits and Skills

The Plant Industry Intern will be working to assist field inspectors with the Industrial Hemp regulatory program and the implementation of the Spotted Lanternfly survey and management program.