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Fruit & Vegetable Farming Internship at Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment - 5419

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Fruit & Vegetable Farming Internship
Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment
Freeport, ME 04032
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Job Description: 

Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment seeks to transform our relationship with farming
and food for a healthier planet. On our 626 acres of diverse ecosystems, we farm, conduct agricultural
research, and invite visitors to engage with the food system and the role we all can play in building a more just and sustainable future. The farm is a beautiful and inspiring place for visitors of all ages. Our campus includes an organic dairy program, livestock barns, miles of wooded hiking trails, and an oceanfront campground.

Fruit & Vegetable Farming Interns help care for 5.5 acres of MOFGA certified diversified fruit and vegetable
production, and collaborate with our educational programming. Our production includes year-round high
tunnel greenhouses, small orchards, perennials, educational raised beds, and a community garden. We are a
working educational farm that enjoys over 30,000 visitors every year, so interns must be willing and able to
engage with the public. This is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring farmers with little to no experience who
are interested in farming, diversifying farm revenues through programming and value-added production,
and agricultural education. Interns will leave with a better understanding of varying fruit and vegetable
markets and production styles, as well as hands-on equipment experience.

We are seeking 2 individuals for the internship program: May 1 – November 1 (dates are somewhat
negotiable on case-by-case basis)

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Spring/Summer Tasks May Include:
• Tractor training
• Help prepare soils and raised beds for crop production, seeding, weeding, etc.
• Seedling production in propagation house
• Manage crops in high tunnels (seed, prune, etc.)
• Help manage volunteer groups & create educational experiences
• Help facilitate custom visitor programs and educational school tours
• Aiding in value-added production (canning, preserving, etc.)
• Assist in creating weekly CSA newsletter
• Introduction to equipment maintenance
• Crop planning and successions, record keeping (classroom time)

Summer/Fall Tasks May Include:
• Weeding, seeding, harvesting to meet CSA and market demands
• Help organize and pack wholesale orders
• Working closely with educational programs when groups come to vegetable plot
• Continued use of tractor to prepare ground for cultivation
• Aiding in value-added production (canning, preserving, etc.)
• Assist in creating weekly CSA newsletter
• Assist in design and facilitation of educational workshops for the public
• Plant and manage cover crops
• Help in farm-based cooking education for teenagers
• Continued lessons on equipment maintenance

Education & Experience: 

• Expected to be punctual, hard-working, courteous and professional. Must serve as a role model and
representative of Wolfe’s Neck Center with all program participants.
• Passion for sustainable farming and interest/experience in sharing this passion through education.
• Must be able to perform physically demanding labor.
• Must be willing to work flexible hours, at least 40 hours and a 6-day work week. Hours will be
flexible in both directions (e.g. There will be times when we’ve powered through transplanting and
will get off early to go swimming. There will be other times when we put in long hours to make sure
all the strawberries are harvested).
• Following training, Interns will be expected to perform some tasks independently. They are
expected to perform on-farm tasks when manager is absent.

Qualifications & Requirements
• Ability and desire to work with youth and the public
• Commitment to full term of internship
• Work 40-50 hours/week, including weekend watering and fruit harvesting. At least 1 full day off
each week.
• Valid driver’s license required. Must complete background check, required to work with children.
Must be 21 years or older in order to operate tractor
• Ability to lift 50 pounds and comfortable with physical labor in all types of weather
• Positive outlook on life and flexibility to adapt to ever-changing farm environment

Application Instructions: 

Send a cover letter and resume with “Fruit & Vegetable Farming Intern” in the subject line to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled.

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