Farm Intern – Putney School Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
418 Houghton Brook Rd
Putney, Vermont, 05346-8675

Primary Contact: Dan Foth
Primary Phone:
    Number: 2037274301


Internship information
General Farm Description: Putney is a progressive boarding school for 230 hardworking and curious students in Putney, Vermont. Hands-on learning is embedded in the school’s culture: a working dairy farm, expansive arts offerings, a robust work program, miles of wooded trails, and large solar arrays serve our curriculum. Employees are also part of an intentional residential experience that values belonging and community. We seek applicants who find joy in their work and help others realize how much fun authentic, student-centered learning can be. The school cultivates and sustains an educational community that values difference. Community members explore how they contribute to building a home at Putney where everyone, especially those from historically-marginalized populations, can honor their individual racial, gender, ethnic, and socio-economic identities. Putney recognizes this is difficult, communal work. The school supports all its employees in developing this critical skill set.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: April 15
Internship Ends: October 15
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: Until position is filled - April 15th
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

Internship Details:

The Putney School is seeking a seasonal Farm Intern to begin in mid-April, 2023. The position will start at around 45 hours per week in April and will increase up to 50 hours per week as the season picks up. Position start and end dates are somewhat flexible but are approximately April 15 to October 15.

Position Responsibilities:

During the spring and fall, the position will involve performing tasks on the farm and in the gardens as needed. This includes supervising some barn chore shifts with student crews during the week and some weekends. During the summer, the intern will work with the garden crew (doing things such as weeding, harvesting, hoeing, etc), work a few cow barn chore shifts each week, including some weekend shifts, and help with farm projects (such as haying) as needed. The position will include some tractor work, as well as other responsibilities which may include, depending on interest and experience: being responsible for direct seeding of crops, working with Putney School Summer Program students, coordinating donations with local food shelves.

The candidate must be reliable, responsible, hard-working, have a positive attitude, and enjoy working on a team. Candidates must be able to perform physical labor and operate a tractor, and must pass a background check. Familiarity with farm equipment is desirable; training will be provided as needed.

Educational Opportunities: Opportunities in tractor training, haying, dairy barn work and garden management education available, but some experience in any of these fields is preferred.

Skills Desired: Yes, but open to training the right candidate

Meals: Yes

Stipend: Yes

Housing: Yes

Preferred method of Contact: Email