Agricultural Water Quality Research Assistant
College of Agricultural Sciences
Soil and Crop Sciences
This internship will involve both field work and laboratory work. This includes supporting the installation of research equipment, water and soil sample collection and processing, and preliminary data organization, processing, and mapping. More specific activities may include: flying drones for spectral imagery surveys and participation in the post-processing of subsequent raster data, installation of soil piezometers for sampling shallow ground water on a regular basis, conducting vegetation sampling, take collected water samples to CSU lab to be processed for total suspended soils, total N, total P, ortho-P, and pH. Post training, the intern will be expected to conduct independent travel and research. The student will have the opportunity to gain work experience conducting research in irrigated agriculture and water quality monitoring as well as Extension practices with real producers and a local CSU Extension agent.
Goals, Scope and Objectives:
Goal: The student shall learn how to work in producer-managed systems to obtain meaningful insights on soil-water-nutrient dynamics, cumulating in a research poster at the annual CSU Extension Meeting in 2023.
– Assist in the experimental design, data collection, and analysis of nutrient management research at the ranch in Steamboat, CO
– After proper training by staff, collect water, soil, and plant data that supports the AWQP’s overall mission.
– Become familiar with drone operations, environmental sensors, and data processing
– Become familiar with environmental issues related to agriculture and water quality in Colorado
– Post (at least twice) on AWQP social media accounts
With which stakeholder group(s) will the intern work?
What student learning outcomes do you anticipate and what are the opportunities for professional development?
Additionally, the student will participate in networking days. The student will visit Todd Hagenbuch, Routt County Director in Steamboat Springs, Colorado to gain greater background knowledge of the research area. In addition, the student will visit at least two AES experiment stations. This position will provide a unique opportunity to learn about current agricultural research happening across the state. AWQP staff will help facilitate the meeting/tour of the selected area. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the current research that is happening across the state.