Pacific Crest Farm
Last Updated On: December 19th, 2023 at 09:41AM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
23720 Dockton Rd SW
Vashon Island, Washington, 98070
Primary Contact: Jen Keller
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Pacific Crest Farm is a 21-acre Certified Naturally Grown farm located on Vashon/Maury Island. Our farm is in owned by Pacific Crest Montessori School, which is located in Seattle. PCS students play an active role in the farm, coming out for weekly day trips, spring overnights and summer camps. We grow mixed vegetables, berries and flowers on less than 2 acres. We harvest from a diverse orchards of fruit and nut trees, including apples, pears, cherries, plums, figs, hazels and chestnuts. In addition, we raise chickens, turkeys and sheep. We are a regenerative farm, using no-till methods, hand-scale cultivation, crop rotations and other sustainable land management techniques. We sell our produce on island through our popular roadside farm stand and to local restaurants.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 3/15/24
Internship Ends: 11/15/2024
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay: full season
We are looking for one full-time crew member. This position is paid hourly and will be the only other full-time person, working closely with the farm manager. In addition, we have 2-3 other part-time employees. We aim to share all farm responsibilities and we work hard to make this a great learning opportunity for someone who sees a future in agriculture.
Applicants must have enthusiasm and a serious desire to learn about small-scale farming. We are looking for people who will embrace their time here and fully commit to the experience. Applicants must be prepared to serve as role models for youth as the farm is a learning space for many children ages 3-13 as well as their families.
This position has the potential to become an assistant manager role for the right person.
Educational Opportunities: Applicants will have access to all aspects of small farm management. Most farm education comes from fully engaging in the day to day of farm life. Employees will have opportunities to work with PCF students, their families and other volunteers. We are looking for employees who are capable of facilitating some of their own education by asking questions, sharing ideas and being engaged! Vashon Island is home to a number of small farms and the growing community is close knit. You will have opportunities to connect and visit other farms if you choose to.
Skills Desired: While farming experience is preferred, a positive attitude is a must. Our ideal candidate is a quick learner who has experience working in a fast-paced and labor-intensive work environment. Required: Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. repeatedly A familiarity with vegetables and a serious attention to detail An ability to work diligently and maintain focus through tedious tasks An ability to do physically demanding work sometimes for long hours Able to walk, stand, squat and kneel for extended periods Willingness working hard outside in all kinds of weather Applicants should have a positive attitude towards hard work, or farming is not for you! Thoughtfulness and sensitivity towards the needs of your teammates Ability to receive constructive feedback Work well independently and collaboratively Take written and verbal direction well Excellent communication skills Engage professionally with students and community members
Meals: Produce is always available. We enjoy a shared lunch on Fridays.
Stipend: $16.50-20/hr. DOE with paid sick leave (one hour for every 40 hours worked). Time-and-a-half overtime pay for hours over 40 per week.
Housing: Housing is potentially available with reduced rent. It would come with some restrictions, due to the property being owned by a school.
Preferred method of Contact: Email