Hidden Villa hiring Community Supported Agriculture Intern

Los Altos Hills, California

HIDDEN VILLA                                                                                                                  January 2015

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE INTERNSHIP — Resident

Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice.  Hidden Villa stretches over 1,600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco. Our mission is “to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land, and legacy.” We are seeking an energetic, responsible team player to fill our Agriculture Intern position.  The position runs for about 11 months from early April 2015 until March 2016.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

The general responsibility of the agriculture intern is to work directly under the supervision of the Farm Manager as a member of the four-person farm crew.  This is physically demanding farm work that involves all aspects of our farm’s production.  This internship provides the opportunity to live, work and learn on an organic farm and to participate in classes and other opportunities with other Hidden Villa staff.  This internship is a farmer-in-training program.

Working Hours: Monday to Friday (8-5 minimum) with seasonal extended hours.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE

  • Field work: seeding, transplantation, weeding, harvesting, irrigation, some tractor work, etc.
  • Assisting in the operation of Hidden Villa’s Community Supported Agriculture Program
  • Training and overseeing volunteer activities
  • Perform basic ranch maintenance tasks and simple repairs
  • Engage in meetings and activities of the staff of Hidden Villa
  • Participate in communal living responsibilities with interns.
  • Attend weekly enrichment classes provided for the interns each Monday.
  • Attend applicable college courses and professional development opportunities, which will be selected with the help of the intern coordinator and farm manager.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age with the ability to work outside performing manual labor. Valid driver’s license and clean driving record (no major infractions) strongly preferred. Documentation establishing your right to work in the United States is required along with submission of fingerprints and the subsequent successful background check.

QUALIFICATIONS DESIRED

A candidate with basic knowledge of plants and an interest in sustainable agriculture and farm management is desired.  Candidates must be self-starters with the ability to work independently and must be able to work with a diverse group of children and adults, including volunteers.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

This position is a full-time, year-long, residential, exempt position.  A stipend of $525/month is provided.  Benefits include: housing, seasonal produce, meat & dairy products from the farm when available, holiday time, vacation, and sick leave.  No medical, dental or vision benefits are provided however an additional stipend of $100/month is included to offset any medical expenses interns may incur. Obtaining coverage is the responsibility of the intern.  Hidden Villa is a non-smoking environment.

The CSA Intern receives 12 days of paid vacation per year in addition to any Hidden Villa holidays that fall Monday-Friday.  Vacations requests are subject to manager approval.

HOW TO APPLY

Please mail your cover letter, a current resume and completed internship application to our Intern Coordinator at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 or via e-mail to internships@hiddenvilla.org.

Telephone inquiries can be directed to (650)949-6327.

For more information and internship applications, please visit http://www.hiddenvilla.org/programs/internship

This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Hidden Villa is committed to diversity in our workplace and our programs.  We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected category.

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