Farm Hand Internship Job Description
Ever been interested in learning how to grow your own food? Learn about sustainable farming? Raise chickens and hogs? No previous farm experience is necessary for our 2020 internship. We are looking for three individuals who have a positive attitude, are able to work well on a team, and willing to learn how to farm!
Procter Farm is a production oriented and educational 6-acre diversified vegetable and livestock farm in Central Ohio. We supply Procter Camp & Conference Center with a substantial amount of fresh produce and meat, operate a farm market stand in Columbus, Oh and London, Oh, offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, and donate to local community organizations. We extend our season with a greenhouse, a hoop house, and row covers. Though not certified, we use only use organic practices to grow our food.
At Procter, we recognize the connection between the land, our labor, our food, our bodies, and our spirit. We engage each element with due conscience as we are cultivating healthier persons and a more just society.
Procter’s Mission Statement
Procter Center provides a safe, inviting, and spacious rural setting that cultivates spiritual formation, models sustainable living, and celebrates God’s love and reconciliation through hospitality, prayer, study, work and play.
· Crew-work experience
· Comfortable using power tools and motorized equipment or willing to learn
· Comfortable driving a truck and tractor or willing to learn
· Lift 50 pounds
· Work with families and kids
· Basic money addition
· Basic record keeping
· Experience using Google Calendar
Interns should possess a philosophical enthusiasm for sustainable agriculture, conservation, and hard work. Practical knowledge and experience in organic gardening and/or marketing is an advantage, but not required. It is also helpful if interns can cook, as we do test recipes for our CSAs, and often have cooking demonstrations at farm markets. We are looking for people who demonstrate responsibility, integrity, reliability, initiative, creativity, and a strong work ethic.
We are looking for three interns to work 40 hours per week from May through October (full-season), or May to August (short-season). Interns will participate in every job a small organic farm requires. This includes, but is not limited to, greenhouse work, high-tunnel work, soil prep, seeding, transplanting, watering, weeding, harvesting, regularly lifting 20 to 50 pound loads, maintaining equipment, mowing, raking, working farm markets/store, digging, and providing farm tours for our summer campers and visitors. The intern must be able to work well independently or as part of a team, depending on the staffing needed for the task.
Interns must successfully pass a state and federal background check. A valid driver’s license is required.
Interns will learn the fundamentals of operating a small organic farm from seed to sales. They will have the opportunity to learn the agricultural/botanical elements as well as the business end of the operation. Not only will interns learn on the job about soil, irrigation, pest management, tool use, planting schedules, and more, but also will learn about marketing and sales at our farm market stands and the Procter Store.
All-staff days are every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so that we may have appropriate coverage for harvesting and events. Sundays through Wednesdays, there is a rotating schedule to ensure that everyone gets two days off per week, but that there is also always at least one person tending to the farm animals and completing the daily tasks.
Interns will have access to excess farm produce and usually meals provided by Procter Center’s kitchen. Meals are only served to employees on camp and event days.
Interns will be provided housing on the farm. This could be in the form of a house, eco-pod, or a cabin. Accommodations are modest and comfortable. Interns will have access to hot showers and a possibly a shared kitchen. Wi-Fi is not always available in the cabins, but access to Wi-Fi is always available in the center’s main building, Hobson Hall.
Full-Season Interns will receive a stipend of $800 a month. Short-Season Interns will receive a stipend of $600 a month.
Job Type: Internship
To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please title the email, Farm Hand 2020. If you have worked on a farm before, please provide the farm name and contact information as one of your three references.