Bryan Randall is interning with the University of California Cooperative Extension.
Find out more about his internship and see if this internship would interest you.
Bryan Randall is a horticulture student with an emphasis in production and clusters in biology and chemistry. He is married and has one child with another on the way. He enjoys woodworking, archery, family, the gospel, and problem solving. His desire to teach and assist others in solving their own horticulture related problems led him to this internship in California.
Bryan Randall accepted an internship with the University of California Cooperate Extension (UCCE) in Orange County as a Staff Research Associate 1 (SRA 1). UCCE is one of several branches of the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR). The office that he worked out of was located in Irvine at the South Coast Research and Extension Center (SCREC). The research and extension facility is one of ten located throughout the state.
Working under Darren Haver Ph. D., director of SCREC and Water Quality Advisor for Orange County, Bryan and the other SRA’s evaluate the environmental conditions of several different parks located throughout Orange County. He has done everything from soil analysis, plant identification, and irrigation audits to geo-tagging irrigation components so they will be viewable on Google Earth. He also worked extensively creating and formatting documents from the data collected. At the conclusion of his evaluations the park managers will receive the data collected and recommendations to improve management of their resources. Bryan was well prepared for this diverse, comprehensive line of work after carefully managing and evaluating the Small Fruit Garden at BYU-Idaho last summer and working hard in his classes. He said it is a lot like working for Brother Toll, juggling many tasks at once.
Bryan's biggest challenge has been the calculations required to create Excel spreadsheets for irrigation audits and soil analysis. Many of the things he is required to do were taught in the classes here at BYU-Idaho. He wishes he had his binders from propagation, turf management and production classes to help remind him of those things he learned. He said, “All the equations that you learned in Willis and Dewey’s classes are actually being used in the field!” This internship has opened his eyes to the practical use of his education as well as the possibilities in cooperative extensions.
He would like to pursue a career as a horticulture extension agent; educating the general public, meeting individual needs, and training. Along with his education at BYU-Idaho, Bryan is actively developing his horticulture skills through certification and internships like this.
When asked what advice he would give to students at BYU-Idaho he said, “There are a lot of students that complain about the technical stuff that we are learning. The scientific things of horticulture set you apart from the amateurs out there. Know that if you’re passionate about horticulture and apply yourself to learning, you will be recognized as a professional.”
If you are interested in learning more about opportunities like Bryan’s, visit www.byuihorticulture.weebly.com and view the list of internship opportunities available there.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.