Plant Science Intern

San Carlos, CA
About Iron Ox

Iron Ox is building robotic greenhouses to bring fresh and affordable produce to everyone. We're a team from Willow Garage, Google[x], and Savioke that are passionate about deeply understanding and developing the new wave of technology to feed people. Iron Ox is a well-funded startup backed by Y Combinator and located in the SF Bay Area.

Who we're looking for

Someone who is pursuing a degree or career in plant science or a plant related field (i.e horticulture, greenhouse production, crop production, agronomy) that is passionate about hydroponics and controlled environment agriculture.  The position will be a full time, 40 hours per week, 3 month internship.


    • Interested in hydroponic vegetable production and indoor growing
    • Basic understanding of soil science, and plant essential nutrients
    • Experience using Google Drive suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides)
    • Must be prepared to get dirty and use a little elbow grease

Nice to have

    • Experience growing under natural and artificial lighting conditions
    • Understanding of pH, EC, DO and other chemical properties of hydroponic growing
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Good communication
    • Self starter


    • Data collection and analysis
    • IPM scouting
    • Monitor crop growth
    • Monitor and maintain water quality within growing parameters including EC, pH, and dissolved oxygen
    • Assist with post harvest trials and packaging
    • Run trials for developing new products and/or crops that are compatible with our growing system
    • Complete documentation and traceability steps for food safety protocols
    • Help clean and maintain growing equipment and growing area

Physical Requirements

    • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs
    • Ability to bend at the waist, crouch, stoop, squat, kneel
    • Fine manipulation with hands, pinching and other work done primarily with fingers
    • Ability to work in greenhouse conditions,  wide range of temperatures, humidity, and sunlight
    • Stand for extended periods of time