Sustainability Internships & Apprenticships – Spring & Summer 2010

The following is a list of Sustainability related Internships (in chronological order).  If you are interested in earning academic credit for internship work, please contact me at jgerber@psis.umass.edu and see Internship Information on the expectations and process.  Also, for a list of internships from 2009 go here, and earlier years are linked at the bottom of this page.  Many of these opportunities are available each year, so it is worth checking previous years.   

If you search the web for internships and either environment, sustainability or other related words, you will find several web lists and search engines that may also help.  Here are a few other lists to review:

Sustainable Food List

The Food Project list

ATTRA list

NOFA list

Internships in Canada

Suggestions on Gaining Green Experience

And for an excellent year long apprenticeship program, check out The Farm School (contact me to learn how to get academic credit for this program).

Finally, WWOOF-USA is part of a world-wide effort to link volunteers with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices. I have sponsored students to gain academic credit while “woofing”.  To learn more visit their website at: http://www.wwoofusa.org

For volunteer opportunities in Massachusetts, check: MassVolunteer

For a list of sustainability jobs, here..


Note – lots of opportunities both jobs and internships are listed here: Sustainable Food List

 

April 28, 2010

This year SCA is offering a new sustainability program to host interns who can live locally in Boston for the summer and serve at an internship focused on some aspect of sustainability.

The interns are required to have local housing and will receive a $250 subsistence allowance to help with general living expenses and commuting costs. The interns are also eligible for AmeriCorps Education Awards upon completion of service that can be used towards future education or current loans. The award amount varies depending on number of hours served. Most positions are 10-11 weeks in length, but some are as long as a year.

Below is a list of all the positions to review, with dates. Please insure that you will have housing and that your dates align with that of the position. You can add any of these positions to your application at www.thesca.org .

BOSTON SUSTAINABILITY POSITION DESCRIPTIONS:

 

#11662- Cambridge Energy Alliance- Sustainability Community Outreach Intern: June 2nd  2010- June 1st 2011

The Cambridge Energy Alliance (CEA) is a Boston city-sponsored nonprofit created to save residents and businesses money, while reducing Cambridge's carbon footprint. The Alliance is working with homeowners, businesses, and institutions across the city to achieve unprecedented levels of energy savings and to expand clean energy sources. This is an exciting opportunity to help develop and grow the CEA's outreach model, plus participate in interesting and practical projects to help the Cambridge community curb its energy consumption. Projects will be coordinated by a staff member on site, at CEA's office in Inman Square.

 

Assist in the implementation of an effective outreach program targeting residents and small businesses in the city of Cambridge; develop materials for the outreach campaign including posters, handouts, power point presentations, etc.; provide direct marketing to businesses and residents; coordinate and manage events; assist with media marketing (CEA website, blog, and energy saving site); provide data entry, measurement, and reporting; assist with general office work.

 

#11405- Revision Urban Farm- Sustainability Urban Farm Supervisory Intern: June 2nd- August 18th 2010

ReVision Urban Farm is a one-acre urban farm in Boston. We are associated with a homeless shelter for mothers. We work to bring healthy, fresh food to our underserved neighborhood and our shelter residents. We do this while teaching our community to farm and are active participants in their community. We teach youth through a job training program, we teach volunteers, and we teach through workshops. The training program is a dynamic exploration into community organizing, business development, and nutritional education. You will develop leadership and community organizing skills while learning to grow food in an urban setting.

 

Teach curriculum; coordinate Urban Farm participants; assist in and contribute to participant performance evaluation; assist at our farm stand on Saturdays and farming and horticulture activities on urban farm as needed.

 

#11548- Groundwork Sommerville- Sustainability Green Team Supervisory Intern: June 2nd- August 11th 2010

The Green Team is part of a national effort by Groundwork USA, a network of 18 organizations across the country to create sustainable communities through partnership. At Groundwork Somerville, our Green Team is made up of three groups (Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Landscaping, and Green Line Green Spaces), each managed by one Supervisor. The goal of the Green Line Green Spaces Green Team is to organize other youth in Somerville to voice their opinions on how land should be developed once the Green Line comes to our community. This is a REAL chance to make a major difference in our city! Each Green Team is made up of 6-8 high school employees, between the ages of 14-18. The youth work for 20 hours for seven weeks and are asked to do 21 hours of service through the summer. Each team is also assisted by a counselor in training, who is also a Green Team alum. As Supervisor for the Green Line Green Spaces Green Team, the following tasks will be performed: Work 30 hours each week (20 in programming and 10 in planning/admin); help youth to organize community meetings for other youth to discuss the impact of the Green Line extension on land use planning in Somerville; oversee daily team function; act as disciplinarian for youth on Green Team (ensure timeliness, etc); promote Groundwork Somerville at all community events; participate in at least one overnight trip with other teams; assist youth with outreach to youth community in Somerville for community meetings; attend weekly staff meetings; participate in community events; bike with youth to all sites.

 

#11670- SCA Boston- Sustainability Intern- June 2nd- August 19th 2010

Provide coordination and support to SCA regional office staff for the Boston Sustainability community internship program. Specific duties will include: coordinate bi-weekly activities and projects for a group of 9 local sustainability interns (activities may be educational, recreational or social in nature and will be designed to promote affinity to SCA and to foster a sense of team and community among the interns); visit local sustainability sites and document each which may include photography, interviewing, and written reports for both internal use and media; provide some administrative program support to regional office staff and have opportunity to visit and document local high school age crews; coordinate a Google documents page in order to share stories; work with SCA headquarters with PR and outreach through local publications, blogging, and writing stories for SCA's website and SCA e-newsletter.

 

#11624- Boston Bikes- Program Intern: June 2nd- August 14th 2010

Boston Bikes is part of Mayor Menino's vision for a vibrant and healthy city that benefits all its citizens. It seeks to make Boston a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all residents and visitors. Bike Boston focuses on improvements in all five universal bike planning areas: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Encouragement, and Evaluation. The Boston Bikes Program Intern will participate in a wide-range of projects related to making Boston a world-class bicycling city.

 

Assist with City Bike Share initiative and event planning for Hub on Wheels/TD Bank Mayor's Cup events in September; oversee installation of bike racks; manage and implement Community Bike Programs; operate the City Bike Pool; assist in other Boston Bikes projects.

 

#11421- The Trustees of Reservation- Sustainability Intern/ Urban Wilds Coordinator: June 2nd- November 10th 2010

Long Hill is one of The Trustees' 102 properties. Once a grand summer estate, the property includes over 100 acres of woodland, a circa 1925 estate house, expansive designed gardens and landscape, and a 2-acre organic garden uses as a CSA by The Food Project. Approximately 25 Trustees' staff have offices at Long Hill.

 

Work with The Trustees' planner to develop a plan framework sustainability plan that will encompass The Trustees' 3 major sustainability strategies which include a reduction in C02e emissions, strengthening the resiliency of landscapes and communities, and engaging and mobilizing people to act; work with The Trustees' Director of Structural Resources and Technology to assess energy consumption on the property and develop a prioritized plan for conserving energy; work with property superintendent and horticulturalist to assess landscape maintenance operations and develop a prioritized list of actions to help the property adapt to the myriad threats that are being compounded by climate change; work with The Trustees' ecologist and property manager to develop strategies for strengthening the properties' resilience; work with the on-site educator to outline communications and education strategies that can demonstrate The Trustees' sustainability approach to enlist more people in this work; compile and present the findings in a comprehensive sustainability plan; frame out and replicate this process at another property north of Boston(TBD).

 

#11683- Alternatives for Community and Environment- Environmental Justice Youth Summit Coordinator: June 2nd- August 11th 2010

 

ACE builds the power of communities of color and lower income communities in New England to eradicate environmental racism and classism and achieve environmental justice. We believe that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and to be decision-makers in issues affecting our communities. The Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project of ACE is a youth-led, environmental justice, community organizing program. Over the past 13 years we have campaigned to improve air quality, to clean-up brown fields and urban green space, to enforce idling laws, to improve public transportation, to create more opportunities for youth, and more.

 

Work directly with the REEP Youth Organizers and Members (ages 14-18) to plan and host our annual event. the EJ Youth Summit, which had 300 participants taking part in advocacy for Green Jobs, public transportation and more; facilitate the planning process with youth, securing space and donations, coordinating outreach to youth organizations, securing performers, setting the theme and planning the workshops for summit participants; lead local youth groups on Toxic Tours of Dudley Square, Roxbury; train REEP Youth Organizers and Members to lead Toxic Tours. Our Toxic Tour highlights 10 sites where local youth and residents have turned environmental hazards into community victories for cleaner air and soil, and better public transportation.

 

Thanks for your interest,

Hannah Rosinski

SCA Admissions

hrosinski@thesca.org

(603) 543-1700 x367

 

 

April 14, 2010

SEEKING INTERN AT WEEKLY
NORTHAMPTON FARMERS’ MARKET

Seeking part-time summer intern to help with all aspects of managing Tuesday Market farmers market in downtown Northampton. Primary responsibilities will include community outreach and staffing the EBT machine for SNAP benefits (food stamps). Additional responsibilities will include organizing and promoting two mini-festivals, managing advertising, recruiting musicians, and hanging out at a fun, vibrant farmers market every Tuesday afternoon/evening. Produce and possibly other farmers market goods in exchange for work. Written recommendation or evaluation, if needed. Candidates should be organized and reliable, and should have an interest in local agriculture, community organizing, and food accessibility issues. 8–10 hours per week, including market hours. Tuesday Market operates May through October, but the position can be adjusted to accommodate semester schedule.
 
Please email Ben James & Oona Coy at nohotownfarm@gmail.com with letter of interest. Include relevant experience and skills.

 

 

April 7, 1010
The Colrain Seed Farm is seeking interns to work with us on 
our biodiversity farm.  We trial, evaluate and conserve world
 heritage wheat and heirloom vegetables. The varieties that do 
well in our trials are offered by the Heritage Wheat Conservancy 
<growseed.org/seed.html> and in the Fedco Seed catalogue
 <fedcoseeds.com>, and maintained on our seedbank.  
Interns are paid $10. per hour for field work. 
Our 12 acre farm is 8 minutes north of Shelburne Falls 
and has a stunning river for swimming.  Contact: 
Eli Rogosa for details and to arrange a visit. 
413 624 0214  Email: growseed@yahoo.com
 

Interns wanted
Silvermine Farm is looking for interns for our Certified Naturally Grown farm for the 2010 season (early April through mid-November). Nestled in the hills of Sutton, MA in southern Worcester County Silvermine Farms is located near Purgatory Chasm and the mid State Trail. We grow a variety of vegetables, eggs, broilers and turkeys using sustainable and chemical free methods. We are part of Stone's Throw CSA, a multi-farm CSA, which uses our farm for distribution. We also sell at a number of farmers markets and have PYO strawberries (not chemical free but cultivated using the IPM program) and pumpkins.

We are looking for people ready to live in a dynamic community with open minds and a positive outlook to join us in the daily cultivation of healthy soils and nutrient dense food. Applicants must be able to work in all types of weather and in physically demanding conditions. A good sense of humor is always appreciated along with a good work ethic. Experience is valued, but not necessary. Part time internships on the farm are possible. Interns will have the opportunity to work in the varied aspects of farm life, soil preparation, weeding, cultivation by hand, small tools and tractor, planting, insect control, greenhouse cultivation, chicken raising (for both meat and eggs), farmers markets sales, interacting with PYO customers and CSA shareholders and record keeping.

For more information visit our web site at www.silverminefarm.com. Applicants should email martha@silverminefarm.com and describe why they are interested, what they hope to get out of the experience and what they have to offer. References and the applicant's job history should be included.

Intern Wanted
Small, sustainable, multi-purpose farm in Plainfield, MA seeks part-time intern for Spring and Fall 2010. We breed and market products from pastured, rare breed cattle, pigs, turkeys and milk goats and we keep chickens. We also grow vegetables and some fruits. Flexible schedule equivalent to two days per week, April-June and September-October with meals and overnight housing. Experience not necessary but interest and energy paramount. Easy access between Rt.9 and Rt.116. See what we do at www.mandafarm.com. Call 413-634-5333 or email manda@mandafarm.com to arrange a visit.

Volunteers Needed:
Mass Local Food Co-ip (MLFC) is also looking for someone to act as a Transport Coordinator. In order to facilitate more Western Massachusetts producers, MLFC would like to develop a system that would allow one or two people to collect the Western Mass products and bring them to Westminster, MA once a month. This is a volunteer position at this time, but it allows fewer people to drive the distance, and will permit the driver(s) to share their expenses by asking a small fee to cover gas. For more information, contact Kelley O'Connor at kelleyoconnor@gmail.com or visit www.massfoodcoop.org.

Volunteers Needed:
New England Wild Flower Society seeks volunteers for a variety of capacities at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA, and at other locations throughout New England.  A general Volunteer Application form can be found at http://www.newenglandwild.org/volunteers/volunteer-application.html. Specific applications for conservation volunteers and garden tour guides are also available on the web pages describing these tasks.

Apprentice Wanted
Small Ones Farm is a 63-acre, family-owned farm in South Amherst, MA. For more information about our farm, see our website: www.smallonesfarm.com. We currently have an opening for an apprentice to assist with all farm duties, including: summer pruning, thinning, orchard floor management, harvesting, pest management, preparing for CSA and wholesale distribution, and assisting with children's programs. Duration of position: mid-May through Thanksgiving - 4 days/wk. Compensation based on experience. We also offer full sponsorship for NOFA summer conference and participation in the CRAFT program.
QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:
- An interest in learning about using organic practices to grow tree fruit and berries;
- An interest in learning about the business of farming, from growing to market;
- Hard-working, responsible, conscientious;
- Able to handle the physical demands of farm work.
Please forward a resume and cover letter to smallonesfarm@att.net

 
March 29, 2010
Internship/volunteer needed at King Creek Farm in Belchertown.  The farm is a 
small family run diverse farm integrating livestock and veggie production. 
 Contact Matt at 1-413 687 3963.  The tasks could range from planting,
 harvesting, setting up for farm stand, and general 
farm tasks.  See: http://www.kingcreekfarm.com/ 
 
March 1, 2010

The Capital Area Food Bank is seeking two paid summer interns to lead our Farm Youth Initiative Program.  This program teaches low-income youth about healthy eating with an emphasis on fresh produce.  Classes take place at community organizations and at Clagett Farm in Upper Marlboro, MD.  For a full position announcement, please visit http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/careers/

 

 
 
February 20, 2010

Eden Village Camp, Putnam Valley, NY

Eden Village Camp (EVC) and the Jewish Farm School (JFS) are thrilled to announce the creation of the Eden Village Farm, a 2-acre educational farm that will be a central component of Eden Village Camp. EVC is a new Jewish summer camp with a focus on environmentalism, social justice and spirituality. The farm will be a laboratory for creative and meaningful educational experiences, connecting Jewish agricultural laws to contemporary environmental and food justice issues. The farm will also host programs and volunteer events in the spring and fall.


Farm Jobs at Eden Village

We are currently looking for several talented, creative and inspiring individuals to work on the Eden Village Farm.

Farm Manager
Eden Village Camp and the Jewish Farm School seek an experienced farmer to design, implement and manage a new organic and educational farm. The farm will be on 2 acres of land that has been an open field for many years. The focus in year one will be designing educational elements into the farm, building soil fertility, producing food for the campers, staff and off-season programs, and helping to develop a long term vision for the farm. The Farm Manager will work alongside the Lead Farm Educator and Farm Interns and will oversee all operations of the Farm.

Farm Interns/Counselors
Eden Village Camp and the Jewish Farm School seek 2 Farm Interns/Counselors. The internship begins in April and runs through October and offers a unique and varied experience. Throughout the season interns will be trained in organic farming, Permaculture, forest gardening, Jewish agricultural laws, natural building and experiential education. In the summer interns will work as farm counselors for Eden Village Camp and will continue to work on the farm and serve as educators for programs in the fall.

For more information see:

Jobs at Eden Village

(http://www.jewishfarmschool.org/jobs/)
 
January 29, 2010
 
Indian Ridge Farm (Colorado) - internships
The folks who run this farm are from Western Massachusetts 
and amazing people.  Check it out here: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
http://indianridgefarm.org/internships/ 
 
 
 

Gibbet Hill Farm is hiring two interns for the 2010 growing season.

 

Gibbet Hill Farm is a small-scale organic vegetable farm located in Groton, MA.  It is unique in that it is part of a larger restaurant group, and exists solely to provide those businesses with produce.  The group consists of the Gibbet Hill Grill and the Barn at Gibbet Hill, both located adjacent to the farm, as well as the Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham, and Fireside Catering in Burlington.  So in addition to the ubiquitous challenges of vegetable farming, interns will be exposed to the intersection of farming and restaurants, and help work through the inevitable challenges that arise from that.  This is a unique chance to work side-by-side with folks that are leading the growing 'Farm to Fork' movement in Massachusetts.

 

In this our second season, we will also be starting a 50-member CSA to serve our local area.

 

We are looking for two interns, one for the whole season and one for the summer months.  Both positions will require hard work and good attitudes.  Farm work is physically and emotionally demanding and requires stamina, creativity, flexibility, and a great sense of humor.  Interns will work outside in all weather conditions and for long hours which will vary depending on the season, but will average 40-60 hours/week.  Must be able to lift 50lbs. and not be afraid to get dirty.  Experience is strongly preferred, but training for the right candidate will be considered.  Relevant experience includes:  tractor and machinery operation, planting and harvesting, CSA experience.  Must have burning desire to learn about small-scale organic farming practices as well as interest in local food movement, and be an upbeat, hard-working person with ability to see the bright side in any situation.

 

Whole season intern:  April 15 -October 31.  $350/week plus option of housing in 1BR apartment on farm/restaurant grounds for $100/week.

 

Summer Intern:  June-August $300/week, plus housing option only if whole season intern does not take it Both positions will include one meal per work day (pre-opening family meal with staff at Gibbet Hill Grill), membership in local CRAFT group, and plenty of produce from the farm.

 

Please send resume and letter of intent to:

 

Kate Rowe, Farm Manager

farm@gibbethill.com<mailto:farm@gibbethill.com>

 

If you have any questions, please call Kate at 978.413.6546

 

 
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January 9, 2010

White Gate Farm seeks 2010 Farm Interns

White Gate Farm is a diverse certified organic farm in East Lyme, Connecticut.  We are looking for interns for the 2010 season from May 1st through October 1st.  White Gate Farm is located on a picturesque 100-acre property, previously a dairy farm, on Pattagansett Lake. We farm 3 acres of the property and are looking into ways of expanding.  We sell our produce at a bi-weekly farmstand right here on the farm as well as to many local restaurants and food distributors. Customers who come to the farm to buy our produce have come to cherish the farm as a welcoming place to bring children, gaze at our animals, stroll along the stone walls and generally enjoy the wholesome atmosphere.

We seek diligent hard working interns with a sincere interest in sustainable agriculture.  Interns will join the farm staff in many daily activities including: seeding, thinning, planting, weeding, pest control, harvesting, and retail. Interns will work in the fields as well as in the greenhouses. A tolerance of exposure to all kinds of weather is an advantage. Living quarters with a full kitchen will be provided as well as a small stipend. Experience is welcome but not required. Spanish language skills are a plus. 

Please contact : whitegatefarm.ct@gmail.com for more information on how to apply.

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Millstone Farm in Wilton, CT seeks Interns. 

For more information go to:

 http://sustainablefoodjobs.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/millstone-farm-seeks-2010-university-based-interns/#more-544

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January 4, 2010
 

Mighty Food Farm seeks to fill Six Positions

Location: Pownal, Vermont

Mighty Food Farm is a diversified organic farm producing fruits, vegetables, and eggs on 25 certified acres.  The farm also produces its own hay and straw on an additional 25 acres of hay land.  We sell our produce and egss through CSA, farmers’ markets, and wholesale.  We currently have 6 postions open for 2010: CSA Manager, Transplant Manager and (4) Summer Crew.

CSA Manager – This persons main focus will be running three CSA distributions per week.  In addition, the CSA manager will also serve as a crew leader (managing summer help) one or two days per week and will perform some tractor work.  The position is available from mid march at least until the end of november, with a year-round position possible for the right person.  This person will also assist in many other aspects of the farm during spring and fall.  Ideal candidate would have at least 2 years of farming experience, in addition to any agricultural degrees.  Pay is $8-12/hr, depending on experience and performance.

 

Transplant Manager - The transplant manager will be responsible for assisting in transplant production, scheduling transplanting and driving the transplanting tractor.  They will also serve as a crew leader one or two days per week. During early spring and fall they will also assist in many other tasks on the farm.  Ideal candidate would have atleast 2 years of farming experience, and atleast one year of tractor driving experience.  Pay is $8-12/hr, depending on experience and performance.

 

Summer Crew - There are currently 4 positions open for summer crew.  The summer crew members will assist in most aspects of the farm, including seeding, transplanting, watering, weeding, harvesting, and washing.  Positions are available starting in May and continuing through October.  Pay is $8/hr.

 

For more information or to apply for any of the positions, please contact Lisa and Chuck: farmers@mightyfoodfarm.com

 

 

Atlas Farm Management Apprenticeship

2010 Job Description

 

Atlas Farm is a 40-acre diversified vegetable farm located in Deerfield, Massachusetts.  We grow certified organic produce and bedding plants and are currently in our sixth year of operation.  The farm is owned by Gideon and Sara Porth.  Gideon is the full-time farm manager while Sara works part-time on the farm in addition to another off-farm job.  We market our produce in Western Mass. and the Boston area through farmers’ markets, wholesale to grocery stores and restaurants, and through two grower owned co-ops. We are hoping to expand with a small CSA and roadside stand in 2010.

 

General duties

For the 2010 season, we are hiring for several apprentice positions on the farm.  The management apprentice position was created in 2009 and is in its second year on our farm.  Our intention for this position is to hire several people who are looking for an overall farm experience, but are also interested in taking on greater responsibility in a certain area of the farm.  The ideal candidate for this position has had a season or two working on vegetable farms and has a strong desire to learn more about farm management.  We hope that people who join our farm team as apprentices will be able to move up in our farm management by staying on for multiple seasons and moving into roles of greater responsibility.  As part of our regular farm crew, duties throughout the season include:

greenhouse flat filling, seeding, and transplanting

transplanting in the field

hand weeding, hoeing

tomato staking, pruning, and tying

harvesting

packing house work

irrigation set-up

grounds maintenance

 

These duties as part of the regular farm crew will make up one part of the apprentices’ role on the farm.  In addition to these jobs, however, apprentices will have the opportunity to take on significantly more responsibility in one or more of the following areas:

greenhouse work: maintain greenhouse planting schedule, coordinate crew workers in the greenhouse, fertilize and water greenhouse crops, manage inventories of supplies, monitor climate controls, monitor and manage insects and diseases (including biocontrols)

harvest work:  coordinate logistics during harvests in the field (moving vehicles, workers and crops throughout the day), maintain harvest records

vehicle and equipment maintenance/ repair:  perform routine maintenance on farm trucks, tractors, and small power equipment; repair and troubleshoot as needed

farmers’ market: manage our farmers’ market stand at three weekly farmers’ markets, maintain market equipment and inventory of market supplies

packing house:  coordinate crew workers in washing and packing vegetable crops, maintain packing house supplies, equipment, and records

wholesale deliveries: coordinate wholesale orders and drive our delivery truck

 

Training for these jobs will take place both on-the-job and in structured training sessions held every other week for 1-2 hours.  All apprentices will have the opportunity to attend training sessions, even if they are not specifically focused on their area of responsibility.  Our goal is to provide each apprentice with a solid overall training about our farm systems in addition to more extensive training in their particular area of focus.  There will also be the opportunity to participate in the CRAFT program, a network of area farms that organize farm visits for their apprentices throughout the season.

 

Hours

   The apprentice position will be a seasonal, full-time position on our farm.  Apprentices will begin work from early March to early April and will stay on at the farm until late November.  As previously mentioned, we hope to promote apprentices to permanent management roles on the farm after their first season.  In this case, work would continue through the winter months with a reduced hourly schedule.  Start and end dates are somewhat flexible to accommodate individual schedules.  The hourly requirements will fluctuate with the season as follows:

March-April: 35-40 hours/week, 5 days/week, 8-4

May-June: 45-50 hours/week, 5 days/week, 7-5

July-October: 60-65 hours/week, 6 days/week, 6-5 M-F, 6-12 Sat or Sun

November: 35-40 hours/week, 5 days/ week, 8-4

 

These hours are estimates and as with any farm job, weather, seasonal and market conditions will have an impact on the work week.  Therefore, the position does require a certain amount of flexibility.  However, our intention is to stay as close to these hourly estimates as possible.  Vegetable farming is very demanding work, both in a physical sense and in the number of hours required during the height of the season.  Applicants should anticipate the hours listed above and be aware of a significant commitment of time.  Our normal work day includes one 15 minute break and a half-hour for lunch.  We have a great farm crew, many of whom have been at the farm for several years.  We like to have fun while we work and create a positive work environment.  The quality of our produce and plants is always our top priority.  We also put a lot of emphasis on efficiency and productivity and move quickly from task to task.  In general, our farm is a fun, fast-paced place to work.  The work is very challenging, but the reward of a beautiful finished product is very rewarding. 

 

Compensation

For the first month of employment, apprentices will be paid $10/hour.  This probationary period is to ensure that the position is a good fit for both the employee and the farm.  After the first month, apprentices will be on a salary starting at $1800/month.  There is the potential for a higher salary based on the applicant’s experience.  There will also be the possibility of a mid-season raise.  In addition, apprentices that are hired on for a second season at the farm will receive a $1000 bonus in November.  During the apprenticeship, there will be one week of paid vacation time available.  Scheduling this time off should be done at least 1 month ahead.  There will also be two personal days available during the course of the season.  These personal days do not need to be taken as full days and are intended to be used for appointments, doctor’s visits, etc.  There are not a specified number of sick days available, but we do not want people who are sick coming to work.  However, if the number of days off due to illness becomes significant, we will need to discuss whether the job is a good match for the individual.  

Unfortunately, we do not have housing to offer as part of the apprentice position.  However, rental housing in our area is abundant and pretty affordable. The Pioneer Valley, where our farm is located, is home to five colleges, an active organic farming community and the vibrant towns of Amherst and Northampton. The area contains plenty of rental housing and things to do while still retaining a small town feel.  Currently the farm does not offer health insurance, but we are looking into creating a plan for farm employees.  Free produce is also included as part of the compensation for this position. 

 

 

December 29, 2009

The Poughkeepsie Farm Project seeks farm interns for 2010!
Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s Farming for the City program provides interns with hands on experience growing food and providing education and outreach to the community, weekly trainings and field trips, and meaningful employment which makes a real difference in the community.  Interns work with PFP staff and members to grow 10 acres of mixed vegetables, operate a CSA, run a farmers market, teach children and teenagers about food and farming, practice and promote seed saving, and lead outreach efforts to increase food access and awareness of food in the City of Poughkeepsie.  Interns also have the opportunity to participate in the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) program.

In 2010 we offer three full-season internships, either 7 or 8 month positions.  There are opportunities to gain a wide range of knowledge and skills through weekly workshops and through exposure to a variety of activities at the PFP.   At the same time, interns focus on learning management skills in their area of interest.  Farm interns focus on learning skills necessary in managing a farm (such as tractor work, harvest management and CSA management). Compensation includes a weekly stipend, vegetables, and training. 

We're seeking dependable and good-natured interns with an active interest in farming as well as an interest in working towards a just and sustainable food system; good communication skills; the ability to take initiative and a desire to be a part of bringing about positive community change.  Interested candidates are requested to apply by February 1, 2010; however, the positions will remain open until filled.  For more information, or to receive an application, contact us at info@farmproject.org and visit our website at www.farmproject.org

 

 

Heaven & Earth Farm seeks Apprentices

Location: North San Juan, Nevada County, California

Dates: March through November 2010

Educational Opportunities: Organic Plant Propagation, Nursery Work, Greenhouse Production, Vegetable, Flower and Herb Market Gardening, Berry and Grape Production, Orcharding, Direct Marketing, Composting, Seed Production, Heritage Plant Exploration and Propagation, Homesteading Skills, Small Equipment Management, Ornamental Management, Community Living, Vegetarian and Vegan Food Preparation (and consumption!), Food Preserving Skills such as drying, juicing, fermentation, baking, canning, freezing.

We live and grow on a gorgeous 11 acres on the San Juan Ridge, between the Middle and South Forks of the Yuba River at 2500′ in the northern Sierra Nevada, 30 minutes from Nevada City and Grass Valley. Our farm is a mixture of productive fields, orchards, pines, oaks, madrone, cedar and fir forest, with a seasonal creek and four distinct seasons. We live and participate in an interesting, diverse community with a very active rural cultural scene.

We offer a supportive environment for growth, community living, education and fun. We grow a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, berries, flowers, herbs, seedlings, ornamentals, chickens and bees, using mostly hand methods and limited machinery. We market to farmers markets, wholesale to stores and restaurants, and at select events. You will learn a lot and have a good time living and working on a diverse organic farm.

You will get housing and board, continuing education and a small stipend. Apprentices work 40 hours per week in exchange for excellent organic food, housing (trailer or tent) and $50 per week stipend. Hours above 40 are reimbursed at $8.00 per hour starting salary. There is opportunity to earn a generous bonus at season’s end.

What We Need From You: A strong interest in agriculture and homesteading, love of nature, good work ethic, great attitude, flexibility, community cooperation, a good sense of humor, and open and ongoing communication. We need your commitment for the entire growing season, March through November. Sorry we are not able to accommodate short-term apprentices. If interested, please contact Amigo Bob Cantisano at orgamigo@gmail.com.

 

December 13, 2009

Sidehill Farm

Mail: PO Box 107

Packages: 137 Beldingville Rd.

Ashfield, MA 01330

413 625 0011

info@sidehillfarm.net

http://www.sidehillfarm.net

 

Sidehill Farm is a small-scale dairy and vegetable farm in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains. Our mission is to produce the healthiest, best-tasting raw milk, yogurt, fruit, and vegetables available by focusing on a total picture of health -  of our customers, our cows, our crops, the local working rural landscape, and the robust biological and human community within which we all thrive.

 

Our dairy is seasonal, milking approximately 15 cows from March until Thanksgiving. The cows are rotationally grazed during the pasture season, and eat hay and haylage through the winter. We also have 2 acres in vegetables and herbs, and two large greenhouses for tomatoes, basil, vegetable seedlings, and winter salad greens.

 

We are looking for 3 apprentices for the 2010 season. Apprentices must have at least one year of experience farming with either vegetables, dairy, or livestock management, and be serious about learning to farm. We expect that apprentices will take on an increasing level of responsibility as the season progresses, so successful candidates will be organized, curious, motivated, observant, responsible, and have a positive attitude about the daily challenges of working and living on an active, diversified farm. A sense of humor always helps too.  Dairy responsibilities will include milking, equipment and barn cleanup, fence moving for rotational grazing, pasture clipping, and monitoring herd health. Vegetable responsibilities will include greenhouse work, transplanting, seeding, cultivation, harvesting, cover cropping, compost making, and washing and packing orders. Additionally, there will be some farmer's market responsibilities.

 

The position runs from March until November. The workweek is 50-60 hours, Monday morning through Saturday afternoon. Sat evening and Sunday animal chores are on a rotation so everyone gets the occasional weekend off. Workdays are busy but fun, and we love to share the constant learning process of farming. Swimming, hiking, biking are right out the door, and lots of cultural opportunites are within a 20 minute drive.

 

Stipend is $500/month, plus housing, one shared meal per day, milk, yogurt, and veggies from the farm. Accomodation is in private trailers with running water and cooking facilities

                                                                                                                

Contact Amy or Paul at info@sidehillfarm.net (preferred), or call 413 625 0011.

 

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Greenview Farm seeks Two Apprentices

Location: South Kingston, Rhode Island

Greenview Farm is a busy 18-acre certified organic farm. We grow a wide variety of produce, herbs, and cut flowers. We market through a 160-member CSA, farmer’s markets, spring plant sale and local restaurants.

We hire two apprentices and hourly workers for the season, mid-April through October (students wanting to work hourly are hired during summer break). Workers take part in all aspects of the farm’s operation: greenhouse, field preparation, seeding/transplanting, cultivation, harvest, post-harvest and marketing.

Accommodations are available for apprentices. Plenty of farm produce is available for all workers. This is a great opportunity for those with a sincere interest in organic market farming. Hands-on experience with day-to-day workings of a busy, profitable organic farm. Serious inquiries only, please.

Please call (401) 788-0900 or e-mail okratown@msn.com with any further questions.

 

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The Practical Farm Training Program at Maggie's Farm 
 
Farming is best learned by doing. With our rich heritage in small family
farming and a growing demand for local produce, there is no better time than
now and no better place than New England to begin to learn to farm! Our
Practical Farm Training Program is designed for beginning farmers. Your
classroom is our 160-acre farm, complete with organic market gardens, farm
animals, forest, pasture, barns and field equipment. Hands-on skills are
learned within the context of our farm, building confidence, expertise and a
deeper understanding of farming practices. Learning is grounded in the
practical realities of meticulous planning, rigorous work, direct marketing at
a vibrant Boston farmer's market, and managing our CSA program.
 
Student farmers at Maggie's gain direct farming experience that enables them to
take the next step toward establishing their own farming enterprise, joining a
working farm as a manager or assistant, teaching at a farm education program,
managing conservation lands, running a community garden, working in a farm
advocacy organization, or supplementing a professional career.
 
Admission is on a rolling basis. For more information :
http://www.farmschool.org/prog_practicalfarm.html

 

 

Since many of these previous listings are available each year, these links might be worth checking

 

2009 – Spring/Summer Internships are listed here.

 

2008 – Spring/Summer Internships are listed here.

 

2007 – Fall/Winter Internships are listed here.

 

2007  - Spring/Summer Internships are listed here.

 

2006 - Internships from 2006 are listed here

 

2005 - Internships from 2005 are listed here.

 

2003-2004 - Internships from 2003-04 are listed here.