Being an Intern at Zajac Farms is a great way to learn small scale, market garden style farming in a challenging climate. There is a lot to learn in a season of farming and it can be a rewarding experience for an aspiring farmer. Central Oregon is a wonderful place to live and farm with plenty of outdoor recreation activities and accessibility to mountains, rivers, lakes and more!
Zajac Farms is a participating host farm with Rogue Farm Corps Internship program. Rogue Farm Corps is a non profit that trains and equips the next generation of farmers and ranchers. The Farmer Training programs work within a network of family farms that mentor aspiring farmers. The mentorship on these farms is augmented with educational class series, social events and networking opportunities. To learn more about the programs and to apply, visit https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/training
An Intern at Zajac Farms will learn the full scope of operating a market garden while working alongside the farmer. Tasks include: Field prep, weed and pest control, planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, wash and pack and marketing. The Spring season consists of field prep; composting, broad forking, weeding, planting and some structural maintenance. Summer into Fall involves continuing field prep and planting with a good bit of harvesting, washing and packaging for various markets. Both positions (full-season part-time intern and summer intern) would be about 24 hours per week (3-4 days/wk) including some weekend work at a farmers market and on the farm. Typically a 6 to 8 hour day is expected.
Interns at Zajac Farm participate in RFC’s Internship Program. The Full-Season Internship Program is a spring through fall immersion for aspiring farmers who want to gain significant farming or ranching production experience and don’t have a lot of previous exposure. For those seeking an experience for just the summer months, a Summer Internship Program is available. The Full-Season Internship Program is an entry/intermediate-level, immersive program that combines hands-on training with skills-based education.
Full-time participants engage in a seasonal average of 30-36 hours per week of farm experience on one of RFC’s participating host farms. Part-time participants engage in a seasonal average of 14-24 hours per week of on-farm experience. In addition to the on-farm training experience, participants engage in a series of farm tours, classes, and discussion circles focused on a broad array of sustainable agriculture and food system topics organized by Rogue Farm Corps. Participants also have an opportunity for an independent project if desired. Internship Program participants are exposed to the farm knowledge, networks, and expertise through engaging in the daily life of an agricultural community via their host farm.
While no previous experience is required, a good strong work ethic with a willingness to learn and expand upon farming knowledge and techniques is expected. The daily tasks require continuous bending, crouching, lifting, shoveling and strenuous work. A level of good physical fitness is required. The High Desert climate is a challenging and at times volatile environment to grow in. The candidates should be able to work and train in all elements of weather and sustain a positive attitude throughout the day. No dogs are allowed on the farm. Zajac Farm welcomes and supports aspiring farmers of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and cultural backgrounds. Thank you for applying!
Applications are open and rolling from November 15 - March 1. Positions are being filled on a rolling basis.
Before you start your application at https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/apply, please make sure you have read through the program description for the program you are applying for on our website (https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/training)