Farm and Wilderness Internship

Contact information
Farm Address:
401 Farm and Wilderness Road
Plymouth, Vermont , 05056

Primary Contact: Colene Reed
Primary Phone:
    Number: 802-490-5712



Internship information
General Farm Description: 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. In affiliation with the Ninevah foundation, F&W campus spreads over 4800 acres of land with 3200 of those acres permanently conserved 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. People of any race, background, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or economic status are encouraged to apply to join our community as campers or staff. 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.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 4/3/2024
Internship Ends: 10/25/2024
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: 4/3/2024
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months

Internship Details:

Position Summary:
The Farm Interns assist the farm team in the care of the livestock, barns, and gardens and administer program activities such as fiber arts, food preservation, and farm work within the summer camps. Throughout the internship, the farm apprentices will learn hands on farm-based skills including but not limited to animal husbandry, pasture management, crop identification, direct seeding, and develop an understanding of community living. Much of the learning for this internship is shaped by preparing farm activities for youth because farm-based education is the guiding purpose of the Farm & Wilderness (F&W) farm. Using a beautiful wilderness and farm setting and innovative approaches toward organic farming, and environmental education, apprentices will become strong leaders by developing connections to the land through hard work, community, and in service to the youth programming.
Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Farm Interns assist the farm team in the care of the barns, gardens, animals, and all other farm concerns such as greenhouse, pastures, equipment, and farm supply maintenance.
Lead farm program activities individually as well as co-instruct with farm team, conservation team, and/or camp program teams.
Lead youth and seasonal staff in farm work individually as well as co-instruct with farm team, conservation team, and/or camp program teams.
During the summer camp season apprentices will ensure the health of the animals, gardens, and pastures and assist the farm programs at Firefly Song, Timberlake, Tamarack Farm, and Barn Day Camps as needed.
Ability to be disconnected from daily substance and technology habits
General F&W Responsibilities:
Participate in opening buildings for season (spring) or final clean up (fall), and at Open House events.
Share cooperative living chores with fellow team members and camp communities including cleaning, cooking, trash runs, compost care, barn chores and some group maintenance projects.
Assist with seasonal and other necessary group maintenance projects as needed: kybo digging (digging out the night soil from the outhouses), recycling, trash runs, town runs, and camp opening day and pick-up day events.
Know and follow all the rules and guidelines of working at Farm & Wilderness as laid out in the F&W Standard Operating Manuals (F&W handbook, Crew Handbook, Emergency Action Plan, etc.)
Assist the Farm Director, Sustainable Resources Director, and Executive Director with tasks as assigned.

Educational Opportunities: Experience working on a farm-based education farm and summer camp with trainings in livestock husbandry, organic gardening and more. Engage in a learning environment with a focus on farm-based education for our youth camps.

Skills Desired: Required Qualifications: Strong desire to build skills and knowledge related to farming and teaching. Interest in place-based education and a desire to work with youth. Proactive, both in the tasks of the workday and your own education. Flexible, able, and willing to perform a variety of tasks in changing situations. Ability to act with integrity with both campers and staff in a residential community setting. Openness to work with people (both staff and campers) from diverse backgrounds (e.g., ability, economic, racial, religious, political, geographical, gender, sexual orientation, cultural). Must pass reference checks and background screenings, which include sex offender registry check. 21+ years of age Desired Qualifications Have a valid driver’s license Undergraduate degree or working toward one ideally in education and/or farming. Experience working on a farm or farm-based setting. Professionally mature with conflict resolution skills

Meals: During camp farm interns eat at the camp dining halls with camp staff and youth and receive all meals, coffee, and tea there.

Stipend: paid bi-weekly, $400 per week Pre and Post Camp Season, $480 per week during Camp Season (Mid June- Mid August, 10 weeks) Housing Farm produce and products as available

Housing: Farm, Resource and Conservation Interns live communal style in a house with running water, electricity, internet, etc. During camp season (June, July, August) interns are assigned and transition to rustic housing with no electricity or running water and meet their needs with the camp systems and facilities. Work Conditions Pre and Post Camp: April-May, and Sept-Oct Work shifts consist of 5 days on, 2 days off, weekend days required Live in communal bunkhouse, with heat/electricity, kitchen, indoor plumbing, WIFI, and laundry Parking available within walking distance Ability to navigate and walk on hilly, uneven terrain The use of nicotine, alcohol, and controlled substances (including marijuana) is not allowed on camp property, including the communal bunkhouse Camp season: June-August: Work shifts consist of 6 days on, 1 day off, weekend days required Live in a communal three-sided open-air cabin with bunks (RUSTIC and no electricity) Toilets are composting outhouses Outdoor showers with hot running water Meals, coffee, and tea are provided through our camp kitchens Ability to navigate and walk on hilly, uneven terrain Employees will have access to WIFI in designated spaces, and cannot use cell phones and/or other technology outside of these designated spaces Laundry service once a week is available The use of nicotine, alcohol, and controlled substances (including marijuana) is not allowed on camp property

Preferred method of Contact: by email or phone