Farm At Water’s Edge – Sustainable Farm Intern Needed

The Farm at Water’s Edge is a 40 acre non-profit community farm and learning center providing healthy, affordable produce and educational programs to all members of the community. The Farm is located on 80 acres of historic farmland on the shores of Hood Canal where a portion of the land is being restored to native estuary to improve salmon habitat. Interns will have to opportunity to witness a large-scale salmon estuary restoration project in conjunction with sustainable agriculture and education. The Farm at Water’s Edge follows conservation practices such as composting, sourcing local organic and heirloom seed, reduced tillage, crop rotation, manure and pasture management, cover cropping, and buffer strips.

 
The Farm currently has 1 acre in Certified Organic vegetable production, alpacas, chickens, goats, meat rabbits, and sheep as part of our children’s 4-H and FFA programs. Farm Interns will assist the Farm Manager in day to day operations on the farm. He or she will gain hands-on experience and knowledge in organic vegetable production, livestock care, children’s garden and livestock programs, and non-profit management. In addition to hands-on learning opportunities , interns will also participate in more formal classroom-type lectures on topics such as composting, cover cropping, plant pathology and soil science.

 
Eligibility:

Must be an enrolled in college, university, or certificate program Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation, and must be able to work some evening hours.

 
Terms of Employment:
Project Duration – Continuous
Start Date – Available Immediately
End Date – Flexible, Minimum 1 month commitment
Hours per week – 10 to 40
Pay – Request Stipend Rate Sheet, also Organic Vegetables as available
Credits – Students may receive academic credit from their institution

 
Responsibilities/Tasks:
– Planting, weeding, seeding, and harvesting vegetables and flowers
– Marketing and selling produce, flowers, and eggs at on-site Farm Stand
– Feeding, watering, and caring for alpacas, chickens, rabbits, goats, and sheep
– Assisting with design and instruction for children’s farm programs, including field trips, farm tours, day camps, and classes
– Assisting with construction and building projects including High Tunnels and Chicken Tractors
Position Title: Sustainable Farm Intern
Program: Farm At Water’s Edge Community Farm and Learning Center
Dates Available: Immediately – End Date Flexible
Application Deadline: Continuous until filled
Location: Belfair, WA
Pacific Northwest Salmon Center • 600 NE Roessel Road • PO Box 2169 • Belfair, WA 98528
(360) 275-3575 • www.pnwsalmoncenter.org

 
Desirable Skills/Qualifications:
– A dependable individual, capable of working independently and leading volunteers and work crews
– Detail oriented, a positive attitude, and excellent communication/people skills
– Able to work in a physically demanding environment in all weather conditions
– Previous garden and/or farm experience preferred but not required

 
To Apply:

Please submit a letter of interest, a current resume, and an unofficial transcript to Leah White at leah@pnwsalmoncenter.org. Rolling interviews will be conducted within two weeks upon receiving application. Questions and comments may also be directed to this address or by calling (360) 275-9722 Extension 15.

 

Internship opportunity pdf: Farm Internship Full Details 2013

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