Farm Internships – Organic Berries, Veggies, Beekeeping and More!
Posted on: 12/27/2016 8:06 amDates: May 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017 (dates are flexible)
Farm Internship Available for 2017!
About Hope Mountain Farm
Our diversified organic family farm is located in the beautiful Upper Valley region of North Central Washington, about 25 minutes from Leavenworth. We are surrounded by a wealth of recreational opportunities, including hiking, fishing, rock climbing, and biking. Over a dozen varieties of berries in addition to over 50 varieties of vegetables are grown on our farm. In addition to growing produce, we have a licensed food processing facility, we keep honey bees, and we maintain a small flock of poultry. We market our produce to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, schools, stores, restaurants and Farmers markets.
Internship Job Description
The goal of our internship program is to provide aspiring farmers with practical training and hands-on experience to give them the skills to start their own operation. Summer internships run from May through October, with expected hours averaging between 35 – 40 hours per week. We offer paid room and board 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 in addition to a weekly supply of fresh produce.
Farm activities include a wide range of tasks, such as planting, weeding, managing irrigation, building trellises, pruning, thinning, fertilizing, transplanting and harvesting. The work is physically demanding, but the personal satisfaction can be very rewarding.
The farm internship positions are certified through the State of Washington Farm Internship Project. Our curriculum will teach you the basics of organic berry production, vegetable growing, irrigation, high tunnel growing, and beekeeping. In addition to personal instruction, you will be assigned a small amount of reading material on specific topics related to farm activities. Pre-field and post-field meetings will review areas of instruction, and you will have ample opportunity for questions and answers.
Qualifications and Skills Desired
We are looking for reliable, responsible and hardworking individuals with a strong desire to learn new skills. The ability to work independently is essential, and good communication skills are a must.
Physical requirements include standing for long periods of time, enduring a variety of weather conditions including heat, humidity and rain, kneeling, lifting, twisting, and the ability to lift up to 60 pounds on occasion. Farming requires physical stamina, including the ability to work at a fast pace for a prolonged period of time.
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.
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submitting an application is February 15th, 2017, with preference given to early applicants. Visit us at www.hopemountainfarm.com to learn more about us!
Number of interns needed: 3
Couples Okay: Yes.
Kids Okay: No.
Pets Okay: No.
Car Required: No.
Experience Required: Helpful.
Specific skills or knowledge required: Basic knowledge of gardening and agriculture is helpful
Work Hours: Full Time.
Learning Opportunities: On The Job.
Meals: Share With Family.