Farm Management Internship
Last Updated On: enero 4th, 2023 at 07:55AM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
1630 Hawthorn Ave
Boulder, Colorado, 80304
Primary Contact: Sarah Kell
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Growing Gardens operates a 6-acre mixed vegetable urban farm and orchard. We grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for a CSA program, weekly farm stand, and a donation program. We work with all ages and folks of many different backgrounds and abilities.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 4/3/2023
Internship Ends: 10/27/2023
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 1/20/2023 but we review applications as they are received
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 months
Organic Farm Management Internship
Full Season 2023
April 3 – October 27
Reports to: Boulder Farm Manager and Greenhouse and Facilities Coordinator
Job Status: Intern
Compensation: $14.50/hour and weekly produce, seasonally
Location: Boulder, CO
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Growing Gardens’ mission is to cultivate community through sustainable urban agriculture. Our programs empower people of all ages, income levels, and abilities by connecting them with their local food system, each other, and the environment.
Our organization values the diverse skills and individuals that come together to create a thriving community and workplace. We are committed to the work we do, and bring our best selves each day, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously, have fun, and enjoy the process of doing good in our community. We take care of each other and put people at the center of everything we do.
The Farm Management Intern works in all operations of the Boulder farm with Cultiva youth, volunteers, and others to support a CSA program, donation program, and farm stand. The Farm Management Internship is fast paced and requires a great deal of hard work, focus, and care.
Farm Intern Duties
- Assist the Farm Manager and growing staff in all aspects of farm operation:
- Weekly chore shifts at the goat dairy, including aspects of milk production, animal care, grazing and rotation management and educational events for the public
- Planning, installation, and operation of irrigation systems
- Bed preparation and planting
- Seeding, transplanting, thinning, and fertilizing both seedlings in the greenhouse and field crops
- Early season greenhouse growing for the plant sale and field crops
- Cultivation and weeding
- Pest and disease management
- Harvesting, washing, and packing of crops for CSA, farm stand, wholesale accounts, and donations
- Help to manage and run CSA pickups and the farm stand
- Cover cropping, soil sampling, and understanding of soil health on the farm
- Operation of tractors, mowers, and other farm equipment
- Maintenance of grounds and site infrastructure
- Assist with produce donation program
- Assist, teach, and work with diverse populations and ages in greenhouse, wash station, and field-related tasks
- Lead volunteer projects with people of differing abilities
- Assist with other operations of the non-profit, and help with set up and execution of other farm-based events
Structure of Internship
- Internship duration is April 3 – October 27, 2023
- Interns are paid hourly at $14.50/hour. Note: we do not provide housing as part of this internship.
- Intern position is 30-40 hours per week, with interns usually working 40 hours per week. Hours will vary depending on the week and the season. Some of those hours will take place on evenings and weekends.
- Weekend watering shifts are required March-June.
- Intern will attend the internship orientation meeting.
- Intern will work closely with a mentor who oversees daily activities and supports each Intern’s growth during the season.
Benefits of Interning with Growing Gardens
- Experience working on and managing a diversified vegetable operation.
- Hands-on experience making a positive impact in the lives of children, teens, and adults.
- Community connections and networking within the burgeoning local food movement.
- Friendly, relaxed environment.
- Develop marketable teaching, leadership, and management skills.
- Classroom training offered through Growing Gardens classes.
- Access to a wide variety of discounted organic seeds and plant starts including 50% off at our Plant Sale
- Fresh weekly vegetables from the garden as the season permits June-October (about $25 per week)
- 50% off additional produce grown on our farm from our Farm Stand June-October
- All Growing Gardens internships qualify for university credit if that is desired by the intern
- Site is centrally located and easily accessed via public transportation.
- One week paid vacation
A note about working here in the time of Covid-19:
Like everyone around the globe our operations have been challenged by this pandemic. Our work has had to shift at a moments’ notice based on Public Health guidelines and changing priorities for the organization. We ask that interns are understanding of changing schedules and planned work as is necessary. In order to keep our small and mighty team healthy through the season we are requiring that everyone participating in our internship program be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. At this time, that means they will have received the primary vaccination and a booster vaccination. Further details on this can be found on the CDC website. *If you need an exception to this requirement, please speak with the hiring manager.
- Responsible, dedicated, and organized individual
- Strong work ethic and a passion for learning how to grow food and develop community
- Ability to work early morning, evening, and weekend hours
- Ability to hustle and thrive under pressure
- Physically capable of manual tasks, including lifting 40 pounds
- Some growing experience is desired, but it is not required for this position.
- Applicants must be CPR and First Aid certified by April 1, 2023.
- Fluency in other languages
- Experience working in adverse conditions
- Experience in community building, education, and volunteer leadership
Growing Gardens prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment and will take affirmative measures to ensure against them, especially if they are carried out on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, neurodiversity, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation or political affiliation. This policy applies to all employees or potential employees, volunteers, participants, members of the Growing Gardens Board of Directors, people who serve on Growing Gardens’ committees, and anyone attending Growing Gardens’ events. This policy extends to all aspects of employment at Growing Gardens, including hiring, transfer, promotion, training, working conditions, policies, compensation, evaluation, discipline and termination.
Send resume and cover letter, that includes below information, to Lauren Festa: email@example.com with your name and “Full Season Farm Management Intern Application” in the subject line.
Applications due January 20th, 2023.
In your cover letter, please include:
- Any previous volunteer and/or work in an agricultural setting
- If you do not have previous agricultural work, what work have you done that required you to be on your feet and physically active for the majority of the day?
- What skills or experiences you will bring to this internship
- What you hope to gain from this internship
- What are your personal goals related to farming
- This internship is 7 months long, April through October, working full time. Please share how this internship will fit into your life.
Educational Opportunities: We will provide learning seminars and farm visits during the course of the season. Some example topics: greenhouse management, pests and diseases, irrigation, farm equipment care and maintenance, organic certification, crop planning, farm business management
Skills Desired: Some growing experience is desired but not required for this positon. We are looking for someone who has a strong work ethic and a passion for learning how to grow food and develop community and an ability to work early morning, evening, and weekend hours.
Stipend: Internship pays $14.50/hour plus weekly produce June-October.
Preferred method of Contact: Email