Internship of up to 1 year, working with drones in a farming application.
Near Alnwick, Northumberland – (approximately 25 miles south of the Scottish Border at its most easterly point.)
Situated in gorgeous, rural Northumberland, we are offering candidates a flexible internship of up to one year at Drone Ag, with working hours from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
We are a small team, so communication is easy and straightforward, and everyone answers to the same person.
We all work in the same office space, which is a relaxed working environment pretty much all of the time. We work hard, but we enjoy life and have a laugh.
Everyone is free to grab themselves refreshments throughout the day and take short breaks, plus a 1 hour lunch break. Our workflow is mostly assigned work, alongside tasks that we work on every day, such as emails, office organisation/tidying etc.
The main focus of our business at the moment is the app we’re developing, so there will be a lot of focus on that during the internship.
The internship is tech focused, and split between about 30% workshop & outdoor work, to 70% office work, however this is approximate as it changes all the time! (Once the app is ready for full testing next season, there will be a lot more outdoor work, more like a 50/50 split.)
Outdoor work will include but is not limited to:
Learning to fly and use drones.
Familiarising with our app.
Using mapping software.
Development; app testing & reporting back on issues, bugs, fixes etc.
Using drones to monitor certain fields for case study / testing purposes.
Using multi-spectral sensors to map crops.
Office work will include but is not limited to:
Answering customer emails & support questions.
Quoting & invoicing customers.
Using processing software to create maps.
Managing company social media.
Answering calls from customers & industry partners alike.
Occasionally we’ll be attending agricultural shows or running training courses and will therefore be staying away during those weeks, during which the working hours may be extended.
If you are required to drive long distances in your own vehicle, you will be able to claim back mileage.
We travel about once every month and a half, sometimes more.
Whilst we cannot guarantee on-site accommodation, there is always a possibility something will be available on the farm!
Requirements / Preferences:
Candidates must be relatively computer-literate and some decent on-farm experience is essential for this role:
Speaking to farmers & crop consultants is part of the job, and having a decent understanding of how farms operate throughout the growing season is critical.
The greater your understanding of agriculture the better! And a candidate who wishes to pursue a career in agriculture would be best suited for this role.
Candidates with a full UK driving license and a car would be preferred.
We travel relatively often, so having the ability to travel independently is very useful.
Some experience with drones would be useful/preferred, but it is not essential. (We can teach you that bit!)
A testimonial from our last intern:
“I really enjoyed my placement at Drone Ag, it was the perfect 9 months to fill my placement year at uni! I learnt a lot of skills including drone maintenance and I delved further into the crop agronomy scene but using drones.
I think my experience at Drone Ag is very valuable and I have already had companies asking me if I want to work there after my final year at university. A lot of companies are looking at going into the drone market so love seeing previous experience.
I found the work environment close knit and fun. It’s a small team which means you feel much more valued compared to working for a large company. I got on well with everyone and ended up doing things outside of work as well whilst I was up north and away from home!”