Interns Modelling: Vegetation & Watershed Model

Wageningen, Netherlands

FarmTree is a start-up service provider specialising in supporting landscape restoration initiatives, in particular Agroforestry, through impact quantification. FarmTree's mission is to ‘make cost-benefit analysis accessible to smallholder farmers and their supporters’. The FarmTree flagship instrument is the FarmTree® Tool that forecasts economic, environmental and social impact of Agroforestry scenarios. Through this, FarmTree contributes to the realisation of Sustainable Development Goals such as no poverty, biodiversity, climate action, and gender equity.

To this end, FarmTree is developing advisory products, including

  • Agroforestry system capture
  • Agroforestry scenario performance projections
  • Land restoration project economic and financial analysis
  • Single-issue tools for financial or carbon balance planning

FarmTree's tool are based on a combination of field data capture and IT development with the aim to unlock information that agroforestry practitioners require in project planning and monitoring.

Customer Relationship
Personal Development
Team work
Administrative Work
Technical Expertise

Submit your application by 31 March 2023


To further develop FarmTree's service delivery and software tools, the company is seeking for interns to support the ICT & Modelling team as well as the Advisory Team; particularly with regards to make its FarmTree® Model more thorough, and linking it to state-of-the-art societal and scientific developments. 

Currently FarmTree requires interns to assess the water model as well as assist with the development of the watershed model.

The Position

FarmTree offers a pleasant and dynamic working environment, with room for individual initiative and development. Interns will be linked to the company's Advisory team and guided by an internal expert. After an initial intake, work will take place according to a jointly agreed ToR. Results will be incorporated into the FarmTree Model code and documentation; preferably in the shape of a working paper to-be-published.

Your Qualities

You love playing with numbers for real-life decision support. You are eager to bring in your expertise; networks with relevant departments at universities. You might consider long-term commitment to the company if collaboration is fruitful.


  • Hydrology expert: apply and elaborate the current FarmTree model hydrology module in a particular target watershed (Vietnam, Tanzania, Netherlands / Europe or elsewhere)
  • Take part in both Advisory and Modelling Teams, and in close collaboration with local teams provide feedback on model and interface for further scaling
  • Develop training material, provide training; either online or in the field
  • Document the above in a publishable report or working paper

Must Have

  • BSc in hydrology, agronomy, soil science, system modelling, or comparable
  • Interest in landscape approaches and quantifying impact at landscape scale
  • Enthusiastic about Sustainable Development, Agroforestry, Smallholder farming, or all of them
  • Regular presence in our Wageningen office (2 days a week)
  • Fluent in oral and written English

Nice to have

  • Access to soil, climate, plant etc databases and know-how how to retrieve data
  • Working knowledge of database setup and management (SQL or other)
  • Know-how of quantitative methods, calibration algorithms, etc.
  • Working knowledge of Spanish, French, Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Arabic, or another working language in a target area 
  • Field experience in Agroforestry, Community forestry, multi-actor approaches, or similar

What We Offer

At FarmTree you will be warmly welcomed in an enthusiastic, diverse and fast-growing international team.

Our job offer includes the following:

Business for development

Capture knowledge for practical use

Personal growth

We welcome co-enterpreneurs


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