Washington – Hope Mountain Farm hiring Farming and Horticulture Interns

Leavenworth, Washington

Farming and Horticulture Internship 2018

Description

Hope Mountain Farm, an innovative, sustainable family farm, is looking for interns to join our creative team of farmers working to develop systems and analysis for successful farming in the Upper Valley of North Central Washington. Our mission is to connect our local community with healthy, organic choices, while educating them about how and why local, sustainable farming matters. In addition we are working to be an example to other farms in the area for developing profitable systems. Our farmers are hard-working, smart, goal-oriented and energetic, and we are looking for interns to train and participate in every level of system design. Interns should expect to learn all facets of farming, horticulture and marketing, and will leave this position with invaluable skills and industry knowledge. Our curriculum will teach you organic berry production, vegetable growing, microgreens, irrigation, high tunnel growing, and beekeeping.  Not only will this internship program be a great addition to your resume, but we are located in a beautiful area, surrounded by a wealth of recreational opportunities, including hiking, fishing, rock climbing, and biking.

Responsibilities

  • Improve productivity through efficient approaches to planting, maintenance and harvesting of all food crops, including berries and vegetables
  • Study and improve plant health, while tracking emerging pest or disease problems
  • Cost analysis of specific crop varieties to determine which varieties are most successful with customers, and which are most suitable for our unique microclimates
  • Optimize assembly flow and process to minimize hours needed to complete all important tasks, allowing for more free time
  • Quality control, especially for post-harvest food processing to provide the very best produce for our customers and community
  • Creative approaches to social media marketing to promote a local culture that supports sustainable family farming

Requirements

Applicants should have a passion for sustainable farming and food security. Applicants should have an energetic, positive, can-do attitude that is adaptive and flexible for learning new ideas and novel approaches to work methods. Excellent communication skills, emotional intelligence, and a solid work ethic, including the ability to work independently—are a must. Unique talents including photography or hobbies are welcomed and encouraged if they can benefit our farming operation.

Other

Summer internships begin as early as April, and run through October, with expected hours averaging 40 hours per week.  We offer paid room and board, and meals, for our interns through a partnership with the Grunewald Guild, a retreat center within walking distance.  A stipend of up to $500 is offered upon successful completion of the program. There is no smoking on the farm.  Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to work a flexible schedule based on the needs of the farm. We highly encourage interns to make best use of their down time through relaxing on days off and exploring the beautiful landscape we are surrounded by.

Majors

Agricultural Education, Agricultural Food Business and Economics, Agricultural Systems, Climate Science, Crop Science, Horticulture Science, Organic Agriculture Systems, Soil Science, Sustainable Land Management

info@hopemountainfarm.com | www.hopemountainfarm.com

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