Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Job shadow opportunities from Kirkwood in the fields of agriculture, food, and natural resources can show you the wide variety of careers available.

Put yourself on the path to achieving your goals. Learn about jobs including: mapping technician, gaming officer, grounds manager, diesel mechanic, veterinary technician, landscape architect, agriculture/seed production sales associate, and environmental specialist.

  1. Review the group and individual job shadow opportunities available below and select your top two choices. Note: Your choices can be from two different industry categories.
  2. Review the application instructions.
  3. Start your application.

Group Job Shadows

Group job shadows offer a great introduction to specific career fields and allow you to explore a broad scope of careers within that industry, all in one shadow experience. Group job shadows are a great option for initial exploration of a specific career or industry. On average, shadows are typically 2-4 hours in duration.

Note: Group job shadows with an asterisk (*) next to them are in-demand jobs in the corridor area, as determined by our area economic development organizations.

Crop Science and Precision Farming Day: C&R Pork Farms, Iowa City

Learn details about what it takes to operate a row crop farm. Modern day agriculture is highly technical. We collect a large amount of data from our tractors, combines and other farm equipment. We use this data to help us make farming more sustainable, raise more crops and remain profitable. Modern day farming involves technology, people management, sustainable production practices, agronomy and business decisions. Come spend a day on the farm and learn what it takes to run a successful operation. For students interested in the following careers: agronomy, farm manager, ag mechanic, diesel mechanic, and heavy machinery operator. Scheduled for April 15, 2021 from 9-11am. Only 5 spots remaining.

City of Fairfax Public Works Day: Fairfax

Interested in a hands on career where every day brings variety? Explore careers available within the Public Works Department. Public Works is a broad category of infrastructure projects conducted by the government for health and safety, recreation and economic benefit for the greater community. Learn about the various jobs that make up a Public Works Department, including: water treatment and management, wastewater treatment and management, landscaping and ground maintenance, equipment maintenance, and general public works. Two locations will be visited during this shadow. Locations are 2 miles apart so students need to be able to transport themselves from one location to the other.


Geology/Hydrogeology Day: Iowa Geological Survey, Coralville - VIRTUAL ONLY

Have you ever wondered where your drinking water comes from or why Iowa has so much limestone bedrock? The Iowa Geological Survey (IGS) employs scientists who work at the forefront of solving problems that are critical to the safety and prosperity of all Iowans. The IGS uses a variety of data sources and the latest technology to address issues related to the quality and quantity of groundwater, aggregate and mineral resources, geologic hazard mapping, and more. Meet IGS staff and learn about careers in the earth sciences and research fields.


Water Resource Careers: Iowa Flood Center, Iowa City - VIRTUAL ONLY

Discover rewarding careers that are helping to reduce flooding, improve water quality, and address the impacts of climate change on water resources in Iowa. Jobs in engineering, communications, watershed coordination and planning, and graduate student opportunities will be discussed. May 2021. No cap.


Well Drilling and Pump Services Day: Gingerich Well & Pump Service, Kalona

Are you looking for something other than a standard office job? Do you like to be hands-on? Are you looking for a career where you can start right away and gain on the job training? Discover what it means to have a career as a heavy equipment mechanic, a fabricator (welder), a drilling service provider (for water wells) and a pump service provider. Observe a drill rig and a pump rig in action. Plus, learn about wells, aquifers and the importance of groundwater preservation.