Vermont – Cate Hill Orchard hiring Farm Interns

Greensboro, Vermont.

Cate Hill Orchard, a sheep dairy and organic apple orchard, is seeking two farm interns for our upcoming busy fall season.

Apple Picker/Shepherd/Farm Helper, August 15-October 15 2017, starting stipend $150/week plus room and board,  Join our fall crew!  Main job will be picking and sorting apples, but you will also help out with sheep chores (milking, pasture work, rotational grazing); vegetable garden and harvest; berry picking; cider making; farmers markets; wood stacking; honey extracting; and more.     Located in the beautiful and remote Northeast Kingdom, we are a small, diverse permaculture/organic family farm, with a 5 acre apple orchard; a small sheep dairy; and an apiary .  40 hours a week.    Housing is a bedroom in our farmhouse, possibly to be shared with another farm worker.  Most meals will be prepared and eaten together.  Heavy lifting required– a bushel of apples weighs about 40 lbs.

To apply, please send a letter of interest ASAP to: maria@catehillorchard.com.  For more info on our farm, and more detailed job description, see our website catehillorchard.com.  Thanks!

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Utah – Youth Garden Project hiring Garden Educator Interns

Moab, Utah

GARDEN EDUCATOR INTERNSHIP

SUMMER & FALL SESSION

 Internship Dates: May 22nd, 2017-November 17th, 2017 (start date is flexible)

Number of Positions: 1

Minimum Age Requirement: 21
Application Deadline: open until filled

Internship Description:

The Youth Garden Project (YGP) is a non-profit organization in Moab, UT with the mission of cultivating healthy children, families, and community through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table.

 We are looking for an individual that is interested in working as an educator with children in a hands-on, outdoor setting within a variety of educational programs. In the summer, four interns facilitate our nine week Summer Camp designing and implementing the lesson plans for this program. During the fall, we have two After-School Programs, Garden Classroom field trips, and some Middle and High School classes that do experiments; all of which will be taught primarily by two interns with aid from the Program Manager.

Internship Details:

SUMMER

  • Four interns will work as a cohesive team to run the nine week Summer Camp program.
  • Interns will receive an in-depth training prior to leading the Summer Camp program; including behavior management techniques, discipline policies, and more.
  • All interns will plan, organize, and lead the Summer Camp program with guidance and support from the Program Manager. Daily Summer Camp responsibilities include, but are not limited to: ensure overall smoothness of the Summer Camp day including safety of campers; enforce YGP discipline policies with campers; prepare materials for activities and snacks; manage groups of children while building relationships/rapport with them; teach two-three 45 minute activities per day with co-instructors; encourage campers to learn and connect with the garden; communicate with parents/guardians regarding campers’ behavior, etc.
  • Each intern will play a role in the instruction and development of Summer Camp weeks. This includes, but is not limited to: creating experiential, fun, and educational activities related to each Summer Camp theme; submitting detailed lesson plans beforehand; sharing and coaching co-instructors in regards to your detailed plans; providing positive and constructive feedback to co-workers.

FALL

  • Interns plan and lead garden-based activities for two After-School Programs.
  • Interns will receive Garden Classroom training and be given time to prepare for teaching, ask questions, and review any details with the Program Manager.
  • Interns will teach grades K-6 in the garden using YGP’s curriculum; each lesson plan correlates with Utah Core Curriculum standards. During a Garden Classroom, each intern will teach approximately 13 students (half of a class) for 90 minutes.
  • Interns will co-facilitate any other field trips (Middle/High School Classes, etc.) either with the Program Manager or another intern.
  • Interns may have the opportunity to build on pre-existing curriculum or develop new curriculum for Garden Classrooms.

OTHER

  • Interns should expect to be outside the majority of the day.
  • Interns should expect to work 45 hours per week on average during the summer (M-F, 8am-5pm) and 35 hours per week on average during the fall. The fall schedule varies on a day to day basis.
  • YGP is involved in a series of local community events and fundraisers that interns may be required to work or attend.
  • Interns will be certified in CPR and First Aid (certification opportunity will be provided if applicant is not already certified).
  • Interns are expected to be a positive and enthusiastic team member throughout the duration of the internship.

Educational Opportunities: • Gain experience teaching elementary-aged students • Build experience teaching hands-on science • Learn about how a garden can be used as a teaching tool • Build relationships with students, teachers, summer campers, and families • Write and implement creative lessons and activities that connect kids to the garden• Have opportunities to connect children with gardens, food, and community • Community event involvement • And more!

Compensation:

  • Each intern will receive a stipend of $400/month. First and last month’s stipend will be pro-rated based on days worked.
  • The Youth Garden Project will provide housing. Interns may move in the weekend before the internship. begins, and move out by the Monday following the close of the internship. Any extended stay beyond these times must be approved by the Associate Director.
  • Interns will be provided with a small space to garden for supplemental food supply and learning. experience. YGP will provide seeds, plant starts, tools, irrigation, etc.
  • When YGP is in peak harvest season, the intern household will receive one CSA share of produce each week.
  • Access to a variety of pro-deals through YGP.

Skills Desired: applicants must be 21 or older.

Interns must be responsible and reliable; work well independently and in a team setting; show enthusiasm, and have an interest in experiential education. Intern should be a problem solver who is flexible and able to improvise. Intern must have an open mind and willingness to be involved with the Youth Garden Project beyond its programs and work either in the garden or at special events.

TO APPLY:

Please e-mail a brief cover letter and an attached resume with three professional references to Program Manager, Julie Zender, atjulie@youthgardenproject.org

Maryland – Fair Farms hiring Interns

Maryland

Fair Farms Internship

Summer 2017

Fair Farms, a campaign for food and farm sustainability in Maryland is offering a summertime paid internship for a college student. The right candidate is an agricultural sciences major, environmental science, natural resource conservation, sustainability, nutrition, public policy, or similar.

The main role of the intern will be to assist the outreach coordinator, legal fellow, communications manager and executive director in the day-to-day operation of the Fair Farms campaign. This may include, but is not limited to writing assignments, farm visits, event management and tabling, social media and digital engagement, public policy and other opportunities.

A working knowledge of contemporary environmental justice issues as pertains to food and farming is strongly encouraged. Your ability to make sound decisions, work independently, be self-motivated, be a strong writer, be a fierce advocate for issues surrounding sustainability — and work in sometimes-inclement weather (heat and rain) are essential.

The internship runs from a flexible date in June until August and pays $12 an hour. The intern will be expected to track their hours, mileage and expenses. The intern will be expected to work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at least three days a week.

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student
  • Background in the food, farm or environment
  • Experience working in a diverse group that may include urban and rural interactions
  • Experience with social media
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to interact with the public

How to Apply

Email shelby@fairfarmsnow.org
Please include “Summer Intern” in the subject line, along with a resume, references, and a brief cover letter specifying why you have a strong passion for working with our food system.

Utah – Youth Garden Project hiring Summer/Fall Garden Interns

Moab, Utah

SUMMER/FALL GARDEN INTERNSHIP

Internship Dates:

May 23, 2017 – November 17, 2017

Number of Open Positions: 1

App Deadline: Open until filled

Minimum Age Requirement: 21

The Youth Garden Project is a non-profit organization in Moab, UT.  Our mission is to cultivate healthy children, families, and community through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table.  Garden interns will have the opportunity to learn organic gardening techniques and skills while working in a combined production and education garden.

Internship Details: Interns are expected to make a 6-month commitment.  Interns work 40-hours a week with occasional exceptions for special community events.  Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in field work: planting (direct seeding and transplanting), harvesting, weeding, bed prep and soil amending, mulching, cover cropping
  • Plan for and implement fall plant sale
  • Germinate seeds and propagate plants in our greenhouse
  • Learn about irrigation systems
  • Harvest and preserve produce
  • Harvest garlic in the spring, plant garlic in the fall
  • Learn about and experience organic pest control
  • Maintain a bin composting system
  • Save seeds
  • Prepare for and implement the CSA share program
  • Use a hoop house, greenhouse, and grow dome for season extension
  • Work intermittently with programs to incorporate children into the garden
  • Facilitate community volunteer groups
  • Perform general site maintenance
  • Care for animals (chickens, cats, rabbits)
  • Winterize garden & animals
  • Overwinter crops
  • Work at community events: Farmers’ Markets, Weed-n-Feeds, Garden Dinners, etc.
  • Plan and advertise for events: plant sales, fundraisers, potlucks, etc.

Skills Desired:  We seek individuals interested in and eager to learn the process of taking food from seed to table.  No previous gardening experience is necessary.  We expect interns to be able and willing to work hard.  Applicants should possess a strong work ethic, positive attitude, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and be in good physical condition.  We expect interns to be reliable, responsible and capable of self-directed work.  Candidate must also be a team player, be flexible, and be willing to be involved beyond garden work to occasionally help with programs and special events.  A valid driver’s license and clean driving record are strongly preferred.

Education Opportunities: Build experience in organic gardening • Learn how to preserve produce • Take part in a local food system and participate in place-based learning • Gain experience providing food for yourself in a small garden plot • Meet local agriculture, horticulture, and herbal medicine experts • Create opportunities to connect children with gardens, food, and community • Develop community events • And more!

Compensation:

  • Each intern will receive a stipend of $400/month. First and last month’s stipend will be pro-rated based on days worked.
  • The Youth Garden Project will provide housing. Interns may move in the weekend before the internship begins, and move out by the Monday following the close of the internship. Any extended stay beyond these times must be approved by the Associate Director.
  • Interns will have access to YGP pro deals.
  • Interns will be provided with space at their house to garden for supplemental food supply and learning experience. YGP will provide seeds, plant starts, tools, irrigation, etc.
  • When YGP is in peak harvest season, the intern household will receive a box of produce each week.

TO APPLY: Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Sarah Perez-Sanz at sarah@youthgardenproject.org. Please specify the internship session for which you are applying.

 

 

Utah – Youth Garden Project hiring Garden Educator Intern

Moab, Utah

Youth Garden Project
530 South 400 East
Moab, Utah 84532
435-259-2326

GARDEN EDUCATOR INTERNSHIP

SUMMER & FALL SESSION

 Internship Dates: May 22nd, 2017-November 17th, 2017

Number of Positions: 2

Minimum Age Requirement: 21
Application Deadline: open until filled

Internship Description:

The Youth Garden Project (YGP) is a non-profit organization in Moab, UT with the mission of cultivating healthy children, families, and community through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table.

 We are looking for an individual that is interested in working as an educator with children in a hands-on, outdoor setting within a variety of educational programs. In the summer, four interns facilitate our nine week Summer Camp designing and implementing the lesson plans for this program. During the fall, we have two After-School Programs, Garden Classroom field trips, and some Middle and High School classes that do experiments; all of which will be taught primarily by two interns with aid from the Program Manager.

Internship Details:

SUMMER

  • Four interns will work as a cohesive team to run the nine week Summer Camp program.
  • Interns will receive an in-depth training prior to leading the Summer Camp program; including behavior management techniques, discipline policies, and more.
  • All interns will plan, organize, and lead the Summer Camp program with guidance and support from the Program Manager. Daily Summer Camp responsibilities include, but are not limited to: ensure overall smoothness of the Summer Camp day including safety of campers; enforce YGP discipline policies with campers; prepare materials for activities and snacks; manage groups of children while building relationships/rapport with them; teach two-three 45 minute activities per day with co-instructors; encourage campers to learn and connect with the garden; communicate with parents/guardians regarding campers’ behavior, etc.
  • Each intern will play a role in the instruction and development of Summer Camp weeks. This includes, but is not limited to: creating experiential, fun, and educational activities related to each Summer Camp theme; submitting detailed lesson plans beforehand; sharing and coaching co-instructors in regards to your detailed plans; providing positive and constructive feedback to co-workers.

FALL

  • Interns plan and lead garden-based activities for two After-School Programs.
  • Interns will receive Garden Classroom training and be given time to prepare for teaching, ask questions, and review any details with the Program Manager.
  • Interns will teach grades K-6 in the garden using YGP’s curriculum; each lesson plan correlates with Utah Core Curriculum standards. During a Garden Classroom, each intern will teach approximately 13 students (half of a class) for 90 minutes.
  • Interns will co-facilitate any other field trips (Middle/High School Classes, etc.) either with the Program Manager or another intern.
  • Interns may have the opportunity to build on pre-existing curriculum or develop new curriculum for Garden Classrooms.

OTHER

  • Interns should expect to be outside the majority of the day.
  • Interns should expect to work 45 hours per week on average during the summer (M-F, 8am-5pm) and 35 hours per week on average during the fall. The fall schedule varies on a day to day basis.
  • YGP is involved in a series of local community events and fundraisers that interns may be required to work or attend.
  • Interns will be certified in CPR and First Aid (certification opportunity will be provided if applicant is not already certified).
  • Interns are expected to be a positive and enthusiastic team member throughout the duration of the internship.

 Desired Skills: applicants must be 21 or older.

Interns must be responsible and reliable; work well independently and in a team setting; show enthusiasm, and have an interest in experiential education. Intern should be a problem solver who is flexible and able to improvise. Intern must have an open mind and willingness to be involved with the Youth Garden Project beyond its programs and work either in the garden or at special events.

 Educational Opportunities: • Gain experience teaching elementary-aged students • Build experience teaching hands-on science • Learn about how a garden can be used as a teaching tool • Build relationships with students, teachers, summer campers, and families • Write and implement creative lessons and activities that connect kids to the garden• Have opportunities to connect children with gardens, food, and community • Community event involvement • And more!

Compensation:

  • Each intern will receive a stipend of $400/month. First and last month’s stipend will be pro-rated based on days worked.
  • The Youth Garden Project will provide housing. Interns may move in the weekend before the internship. begins, and move out by the Monday following the close of the internship. Any extended stay beyond these times must be approved by the Associate Director.
  • Interns will be provided with a small space to garden for supplemental food supply and learning. experience. YGP will provide seeds, plant starts, tools, irrigation, etc.
  • When YGP is in peak harvest season, the intern household will receive one CSA share of produce each week.
  • Access to a variety of pro-deals through YGP.

TO APPLY:

Please e-mail a brief cover letter and an attached resume with three professional references to Program Manager, Julie Zender, at julie@youthgardenproject.org

 

New Jersey – Cherry Grove Farm hiring Cheesemaking Intern

Cheesemaking Internship

Company Description Cherry Grove Farm is a grass-based dairy, rotational grazing on 240 certified organic acres in Central New Jersey, just outside of Princeton. A sustainable approach is taken to managing pastures and all animal husbandry. With the milk of our small herd, we work hard to turn it all into the tastiest cheese possible 4 -5 times a week, and this is where we need your help. We are seeking a cheesemaking apprentice for a year commitment ideally, starting as early as May.

Job Description You will be exposed to the world of farmstead cheesemaking from the ground up. Learn cheese processes – pasteurizing, safety protocols and HACCP familiarity, handling the curd, basic milk/cheese chemistry, plus the crucial work of affinage. While some work will be side by side with our Cheesemakers, it’s expected you will be given many tasks to be done independently once you’ve been trained and will work one short day a week on your own.

We sell products through our on-site farm store, and wholesale our award-winning cheese to a variety of gourmet stores & restaurants in the New York/Philadelphia area. We also attend several regional farmers markets.

There will be hard hours on your feet and menial tasks. It can be repetitive and mundane. Sanitation is key. No prior experience is required, but experience with food prep, cheese work or familiarity with farm life is encouraged.

But it’s not all scrubbing and flipping – you will learn not only cheesemaking, but also skills in the direct-marketing and how-to of wholesale dairy. Attending a regional farmers’ market will be part of your week. You will also spend time learning the essentials of wholesale work, cutting and packaging orders for delivery week-to-week. You will also be expected to attend and help prep for events occasionally. All of these are fun ways to meet the people who eat and appreciate your work, as well as being a good way to make connections within the local farming and sustainability community.

Housing available: We have a private bedroom available in our on-farm cottage on the 2nd floor. There are offices below, a conference room and shared kitchen downstairs. This first floor of this building is public, so cleanliness and neatness are expected. Space includes use of a good kitchen garden if you like. You would live with one other employee and share the downstairs space with two farm office personnel during the day.

You should have your own car and a valid drivers license.

Stipend: We provide a $700/month stipend plus housing and a 30% staff discount on all products sold in our farmstore. Milk and cheese will be available to you too, of course.

Learn more at http://www.cherrygrovefarm.com/jobs/

 

Colorado -Jefferson Conservation District hiring Urban Agriculture Intern

Denver, Colorado

Position Announcement

Position Title:            Urban Agriculture Intern
Location:                    Lakewood, Colorado (Denver Federal Center)
Closing Date:             March 1, 2017

Applications will be considered until the position is filled;
however, applications should be submitted by the closing date for full consideration. Internship mid-May thru mid-August

Salary: $12/hour

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours/week

Organization Overview Jefferson Conservation District (JCD), a political subdivision of the State of Colorado, provides natural resource technical assistance in Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek counties. Our mission is to provide leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment. Programing disciplines include forestry, noxious weeds, soil health and urban agriculture. JCD is overseen by a Board of Supervisors.

Position Overview – Position is a 16 week internship (Mid May-Mid August). Interns report to the Agriculture Coordinator and undertakes a variety of activities including: on- farm demonstrations, field tours, farm activities, event planning, publications, and social media engagement. The selected candidate will work with various groups from non- profits and government agencies to private landowners.

Primary Duties

  • Intern on-farm project- Develop an on-farm conservation practice that will occur at 1-3 different farm loca On-farm demonstrations will be conducted as an event, and intern will present data on the benefits of sustainable conservation practices to the public.
  • Equipment Share Program- Assist in developing a program for local farmers to share equipment and reduce farmers operating co
  • Relationship Building- Use interpersonal skills related to networking and listening to local farmer’s nee
  • Public Relations – Develop and maintain strong working relationships with landowners, other Districts, local, state, tribal, and federal agencies, and elected offic Increase social media presence and develop creative ways to increase PR for the District.
  • Outreach and Education – Promote existing district, state, and federal programs to interested landowners, operators, community organizations, and agencies. Develop written communications, displays, social media content, and presentations targeted to diverse audiences.
  • Website/Social Media Development — Update website regularly and maintain district’s presence in social media.
  • Event Planning – Organize meetings, workshops, farm/field tours, etc.

Necessary Skills

  • Experience with farming and/or interest in learning wide variety of aspects related to urban agriculture farming
  • Access to personal computer for on-farm research, blogs, social media, e
  • High organization and efficiency in managing tasks, projects, computer files, supplies, and time
  • Self-motivation and self-direction
  • Flexibility to perform a variety of duties and deal with unforeseen events
  • Excellent communication, both verbal and written
  • Problem solving skills, inter-personal and customer service skills
  • Use of innovative ideas and enthusiasm
  • Capacity to enjoy working with people and respect different viewpoints
  • Commitment to safety, quality, and professionalism
  • Experience in professional presentations and adult education/training
  • General computing skills: proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and able to learn other software programs as necessary
  • Discretion in maintaining confidentiality of cooperator business and records
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and a valid CO driver’s license is required
  • Must have reliable transportation to various work sites – no vehicle provided

NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee will perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the intern program

Job Qualifications Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma
  • Experience in performing duties described above
  • Interest in natural resources or agriculture is an advantage

Highly Desirable

  • College degree or associate degree in urban agriculture, natural resources, horticulture or a similar field.
  • Experience working in farming, ranching or an agriculture related job is an advantage.
  • Social media, website, or publication experience.

Application Information: When applying with the Jefferson Conservation District, applicants may submit required materials listed below, via email to Jeffersonconservationdistrict@gmail.com or may mail hard copies of required materials listed below to:

Attention: Emily Zeller Jefferson Conservation District Denver Federal Center Building 56, Room 2604
PO Box 25426
Denver, Colorado 80225

Required Application Materials:

  • Cover letter (one page, one-sided)
  • Résumé (curriculum vitae or CV)
  • 3 references
  • College/university transcripts (photocopies acceptable)

Questions about this position can be referred to Maria Bumgarner at

bumgarnermaria@gmail.comor 720-544-2869.