Contact informationFarm Address:
356 Spring Lake Road
Waco, Texas , 76705
Primary Contact: Christine Barta
Secondary Contact: Katie Walter
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: We are a nonprofit educational farm located in Waco, Texas. Our goal is to alleviate hunger through local education, community partnerships, and outreach through our various programs. Our farm consists of a 2-acre organic market garden, rotationally grazed pastured livestock, and an education area with an urban homestead, rabbit colony, and retail building.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 6/9/22; ASAP
Internship Ends: 7/31/22; possibility of extension
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 6/30/22
Minimum Length of Stay: 2 months
This is a temporary part-time garden crew member position (June-July) with the possibility of extension (will be reassessed in June); 4-8 hour work days Mon-Fri with 1-hour unpaid lunch break and Saturday Farmers Market duty on a rotational basis; daily start time varies by season. Beginning at $10/hr, dependent on experience; 5 days paid vacation; 7 all-farm holidays, 5 days sick days, 25% discount on all farm produce, meats, & merchandise.
Experience with gardening and vegetable production desired, but not necessary. Must be able to sustain extended periods of time working outdoors in all types of weather conditions. Must be able to lift 30-40 lbs. Must have a high school diploma or GED; bachelor’s degree preferred.
Garden Crew Employee will work closely with the Market Garden Manager and Director of Farm Operations. Instructions and guidelines are specifically written or verbally given, but employee is expected to
troubleshoot in the moment as needed and to ask supervisor for help and clarification with tasks that they are unsure
of. While working with plants, work is subject to frequent changes while also being simultaneously predictable. Work is closely supervised and frequently reviewed.
If you are interested, please send your resume and cover letter to both Katie Walter (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Christine Barta (email@example.com).
Educational Opportunities: Educational opportunities will appear semi-frequently, but are not guaranteed for this position. If you are seeking education it can be discussed and worked into a regular schedule.
Skills Desired: Essential Functions of the Position: Exhibit professionalism in all things, including communication, co-worker interactions, and visitor interactions● Alongside the Market Garden Manager and Garden Crew staff & interns, active participants in the market garden will participate in: field prep; greenhouse duties as assigned; transplanting & direct seeding crops in the field; hand weeding, hoeing, & cultivating; field & equipment maintenance; harvesting, washing, & packing produce for sale; mulching; pruning & trellising; irrigating; cover cropping; pest & disease control; walk-behind tractor work; composting duties as assigned ● Participate in meat and produce sales at the Farmers Market ● Ability to work well in both a team environment and independently ● Ability to work in a fast-paced and physically demanding environment dependent on season ● Willingness to receive training & feedback with grace & professionalism ● Willingness to adapt to change ● Flexibility with hours due to seasonal needs Secondary Functions of the Position: Help direct interns and volunteers with projects and troubleshooting as needed ● Troubleshoots concerns or problems that arise in the market garden alongside Market Garden Manager ● Have knowledge of WHRI history, offerings, and learning opportunities for visitors and volunteers ● Other duties as assigned by supervisor Special Knowledge, Skills, or Other Abilities Desired: Skills: Great interpersonal skills ● Time management ● Resource management ● Skilled working with hands ● Attention to detail ● Efficiency ● Excellent listener ● Communicator – Within this falls the ability to work well with a variety of people ● Customer service Knowledge: Basic tool and equipment safety ● Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite & Google Workspace Characteristics: Responsible o Observant o Problem-solving ability o Efficient & thorough o Creative o Proactive o Collaborative o Confident o Flexible o Self-sufficient o Balanced and boundaried o Growth-oriented Working Conditions & Physical Demand: Physical effort with some handling of lightweight materials Frequent (0 to 15 lbs.). Physical efforts including standing, lifting and carrying light to moderately heavy materials Frequent or equipment. (15 to 50 lbs.). Physical effort such as pushing, pulling, bending, lifting, and carrying heavy objects (50 + lbs.). Frequent Demands require close visual attention. Frequent Demands require prolonged mental concentration. Rarely Work performed in a normal office environment. Rarely Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to weather extremes.* Frequent Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors and noise. Occasional *Working outdoors is not required when conditions are hazardous to human health. Software & Computer Skills: Google Suite: Intermediate ● Microsoft Windows: Intermediate ● Mac OS: None ● Microsoft Excel: Intermediate ● Microsoft PowerPoint: Beginner ● Microsoft Word: Intermediate ● Adobe Photoshop: None ● Web Browser (Internet): Intermediate ● Web Maintenance: None
Meals: We have a community lunch once a week on Thursdays that is provided by the farm.
Stipend: No additional stipends or bonuses are offered.
Housing: Yes, free housing is provided as needed.
Preferred method of Contact: Email