Fresno State - Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
Partner with us to Grow Your Team!
The Jordan College Advising & Career Development Center is your source for finding great new talent through internships and for your entry level career positions.  For Spring 2017 we have a number of events and other opportunities that will allow you to connect with potential interns and staff members. 
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Register for the Harvesting the Leaders of Tomorrow
Internship & Career Fair
Thursday, February 2nd . 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
Fresno State's Satellite Student Union 
Connect with Fresno State students seeking internships and careers in the Agriculture and Food Industry

Registration includes 6' table and two chairs and lunch for two representatives.  There is a $20 registration fee for each additional representative.

Registration Fees:
  • $55 for Government, Non-Profits and Small Business (less than 25 employees).
  • $100 for For-Profits.
Enhance your visibility at the Career Fair by becoming an Event Sponsor. 

To Register to Attend or Sponsor the Event:

Please visit Jordan Connect by Thursday, January 26th, at  After logging in, click the "Career Events" menu and select "Search".  Then enter "Harvesting" in the the "Career Event Name" field.

Questions about registration or sponsorship?  Please contact Mary Willis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 559.278.4207.
More Spring 2017 Career Fairs

Expand your reach by attending these upcoming career fairs.
  • February 8, 2017 - The Viticulture and Enology Career Fair
Hosted by the Fresno State Viticulture & Enology Department

 Click Here to Learn More and to Register
  • March 15, 2017 - Recruit Down the 99 and Beyond Career & Internship Expo
Hosted by the Fresno State Career Development Center

Click Here to Learn More and to Register
Recruit Now for Spring Interns

If you are looking for interns for the Spring 2017 semester, please submit your internship description to Mary Willis, the Coordinator of Internships & Professional Experiences for the Jordan College, by December 23rd.  You can email your internship description directly to her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post your internship on Jordan Connect by clicking HERE.

Don't have an internship program?  If you would like to learn more about the benefits of having an internship program and how to get started, please contact Mary Willis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 559.278.4207. 
Invest in the Future: Become an Agribusiness Mentor

The Agribusiness Program at Fresno State is seeking mentors to provide wisdom and career guidance to students entering the Ag and Food Industry.  Serving as a mentor can be as simple as being available for an occasional informational interview to committing to meet with a student for a total fo 8-hours over the course of a semester.  To learn more about the Agribusiness Mentoring program, please contact Mary Willis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 559.278.4207. 
Mary Willis
Coordinator of Internships and Professional Experiences
Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences & Technology
California State University, Fresno
559.278.4207 (O) | 559.304.0714 (C) | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Welcome to WAPA

Governor Signs Ag Overtime Bill

Ignoring the pleas of real farmworkers and the agricultural industry, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed AB 1066, the ag overtime legislation. This means that California will have the most stringent trigger of any state in the country for overtime for farmworkers, with 45 states having no overtime protection at all. The Governor signed this bill, supposedly to bring “equality to all workers”, yet taxi cab drivers, commercial fishermen, car salesmen, student nurses, computer programmers, and carnival workers all work without any overtime provisions whatsoever. The Governor signed this ag overtime bill in the same year that minimum wage legislation was also passed that will take California to the highest minimum wage as well as legislation forcing California to adopt additional greenhouse gas regulations for businesses in California. California is the only state in the country subject to such regulations. Today’s signing occurred despite numerous requests by the agricultural industry to meet with the Governor to discuss our concerns. The message is clear. California simply doesn’t care. These provisions will be phased in over the next few years ending with the overtime provisions to be triggered at 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week.

In the Beginning As folks transitioned out of cotton and into tree nuts, the industry recognized the need to have active and effective representation at the local, state and national levels. Having enjoyed such effective representation over the years from the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations, these folks yearned for the same representation in the tree nut processing industry. Issues such as air quality, food safety, labor, taxes, employee safety, and environmental concerns are at the forefront, and there is a significant need for an aggressive and dynamic Association to lead the industry into the next decade and beyond. In recognition of this, the Western Agricultural Processors Association was created in 2009. The Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA) shares staff and office space with the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations taking advantage of a unique and opportunistic situation. WAPA is a voluntary dues organization with four shared staff and one dedicated staff person. Regulatory, legislative and legal issues fall under the purview of this new organization for the tree nut processing industry, which includes almonds, pecans, pistachios and walnuts. From air quality permits to conditional use permits, from regulatory hearings on greenhouse gases to federal legislation on food safety, and from OSHA violations to assisting members on hazardous materials business plans, no issue is too small or too large for WAPA. WAPA has assembled one of the best and most capable staffs in the industry, and the results are already starting to show Membership The Western Agricultural Processors Association represents facilities involved in the processing of almonds, pecans, pistachios and walnuts.Membership in the Association is classified as Regular memberships are limited to almond hullers or processors, pecan and pistachio processors, and walnut dehydrators and processors. Associate memberships are limited to any individual or business entity which is not engaged in agricultural processing, but which provides products or services directly related to the agricultural processing industry. WAPA Associate members include, but are not limited to, commodity brokers, accounting firms, and insurance brokers. Organization The Western Agricultural Processors Association is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by its membership.The Board consists of up to 15 members from throughout the state, and throughout the industry.The Board meets on a quarterly basis and conducts an Annual Meeting in the spring of each year.WAPA, in conjunction with the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations, conducts a special training school for its members focused on safety.In combination with the school, the Association holds a Labor Management Seminar for all of the managers. Consulting Services In researching and considering the concept of forming a new organization, the Boards of Directors for the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations instructed staff to perform some of the work on a consulting basis first. The point was to determine the workload from consulting and to determine if there was sufficient interest. In November of 2007, the Association began conducting services under consulting contracts for such services as air quality permits and safety plans.The effort has been so successful that demand has progressed outside the tree nut industry into other agricultural processing facilities, including vegetable dehydration facilities, tomato processing facilities, and wheat mills, as well as cotton gins in Arizona.It was determined by the new Board of Directors of WAPA, that WAPA would maintain the consulting services to provide offsetting income to help with the expenses of getting the new organization up and running.Today, WAPA provides for a long list of satisfied clients in the agricultural processing industry, by providing critical services such as air quality, safety, food safety, and environmental issues (Hazardous Materials Business Plan, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans, etc.).