Full-Time: 7 month contract, At-will Position Description: Farm Intern

Position Summary:

Farm Interns assist the farm managers in the care of the livestock, barns, and gardens and help administer program activities such as homesteading, crafting, and food preservation within the summer camps. Throughout the internship, the farm interns will learn hands-on farm-based skills including but not limited to animal identification, animal husbandry, pasture management, crop rotation, weed identification, various types of garden skills, and develop an understanding of community living. Using a beautiful wilderness and farm setting and innovative approaches toward teaching, organic farming, and environmental education, interns will become strong leaders by developing connections to each other and the land through work, service, and community. This position starts in April and runs through October.

Essential Functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Responsibilities:

  • Farm interns assist the farm managers in the care of the barns, gardens, animals and all other farm concerns such as craft areas, food processing, greenhouse, haying, pastures, equipment, and structure maintenance.
  • Undergo training throughout the season.
  • Keep current on relevant farm issues.
  • Lead programs individually as well as co-instruct.
  • During the summer camp season farm crew will ensure the health of the animals, gardens, and pastures and assist the farm programs as needed at either the Indian Brook, Barn Day Camp/Saltash Mountain, Timberlake and Tamarack Farm facilities.
  • Assist with work related to opening and closing of camps.
  • Share cooperative living chores with physical plant crew including cleaning, cooking, barn chores, and some group maintenance projects.
  • Assist with seasonal and other necessary group maintenance projects as needed: firewood, lawn mowing, kybo digging (digging out the night soil from the outhouses), recycling, trash runs, town runs, building repairs.

General F&W Responsibilities:

  • Participate in opening buildings for season (spring) or final clean up (fall)
  • Actively participate in the annual weekend events, such as Harvest Weekend, Ice Cutting and Spring Planting Weekend.
  • Participate in crew life
  • Assist the Farm Manager, Resource Director, Program Director, and Executive Director with tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 21+ years of age
  • Strong desire to build skills and knowledge related to farming and teaching.
  • Be a team player.
  • Flexible, able, and willing to perform a variety of tasks in changing situations.
  • Positive attitude
  • Solid problem-solving skills

Desired:

  • Undergraduate degree or working toward one ideally in education and/or farming.
  • Experience working on a farm or farm-based setting
  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Experience working with school-aged children

Salary and Benefits:

  • $200.00 per week, paid bi-weekly
  • room and board
  • workers compensation
  • laundry and internet access
  • professional development

Cooperative Living Accommodations:

Farm staff shares living quarters and kitchen facilities. All crew are expected to be committed to this cooperative living situation and to help with food ordering, paperwork, daily cooking, cleaning, and household chores outside of the workday. There will be a mandatory weekly meeting for onsite staff to communicate the logistics of cooperative living and delegate responsibilities.

Organizational Summary:

Farm & Wilderness Foundation (F&W) is a non-profit, educational organization operating eight summer camp programs for children and teens, a family camp, retreat rentals, and a conservation organization.  Encompassing property over 1,500-acres in the Green Mountains of Vermont, F&W programs are rich in adventure, community, and a spirit that fosters individual connections with the natural world.  While each camp and initiative provide unique programs addressing age and interests, all F&W activities are shaped by Quaker principles and the common belief that individuals and communities are strengthened by justice, honesty, self-reliance, diversity, and respect for all persons.  In 2018, F &W joined forces with the Ninevah Foundation to manage the conservation of more than 3,300 acres of land and water in the Lake Ninevah valley.  People of any race, background, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or economic status are encouraged to apply to join our community as campers or staff. To learn more about F&W please visit: http://www.farmandwilderness.org

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Farm & Wilderness is an equal opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment shall be unlawfully denied an employment opportunity for which the employee or applicant is qualified because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or other protected category. F&W is committed to non-discrimination in its employment.

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to Chantal Deojay at [email protected]; for questions call 802-422-2045.  Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.