Employment:

 

Position Filled - Summer Intern - 2013

Earthkeeper Farm, 12062 Fruit Ridge Ave. Kent City, MI 49330

Rachelle Bostwick, 616-403-0526, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dates: Summer 2013 - 12 to 16 weeks, between June and September

Hours: 45+ hours per week, normal work times are 7am to 5pm with an hour off for lunch, 5 days per week. Occasional 6-day workweeks and longer work days are required. Can accommodate a few vacation days.

Compensation: $100/week plus room and board. Education and training, including farm classes and monthly farm tour field trips.

Position description: We are looking for a summer intern to assist with all aspects of small scale, organic farming. This includes: field preparation, tractor work, greenhouse seeding and care, transplanting, cultivation, weeding, irrigation, trellising, harvesting, farmers markets, equipment and building maintenance and construction, animal care, and more. There will be times when the summer intern will be leading volunteers and other workers. Strong communication skills required. Honest, hard working, efficient, non-judgmental, physical endurance, attention to detail, and ability to live and work with many different types of people are some traits we would like to have in the summer intern.

Position requirements: Valid drivers license. Willingness to drive small box truck, tractors, and operate power tools and equipment. Ability to lift 50lbs and readiness for the physically rigorous task of farming. Experience spending a lot of time outdoors doing a physically demanding activity (preferably farming; hiking, outdoor sports, or physical outdoor jobs would all fit this criteria.) Since this is a family farm, we ask that you are willing to watch our three year old son from time to time during work time or for additional compensation outside of work.

Preferred experience: Previous farm experience preferred. Mechanical and building skills a plus. Experience with volunteer management, retail sales, physical outdoor work, and/or communal living all would be beneficial.

Living Situation: This position is more of a lifestyle then just a job. Applicants should be prepared to live and work with the same people, cook using whole foods, and spend much of their time in the open air. The summer intern will have a shared room. There is a shared composting toilet, outdoor shower, and fully equipped barn kitchen. We provide farm produce and basic stable foods (flour, rice, beans, oatmeal, pasta, and so on). We do our best to provide wireless internet, but the service can be spotty. Illegal substances are not permitted, responsible drinking and smoking in designated locations is fine.  Life on the farm involves a lot of hard work, a lot of tasty food, and great people to spend time with. We strive to live in harmony with each other and natural world.

 

Position Filled - Full Season Intern - 2013

Earthkeeper Farm, 12062 Fruit Ridge Ave. Kent City, MI 49330

Rachelle Bostwick, 616-403-0526, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dates: April through November

Hours: 45+ hours per week, normal work times are 7am to 5pm with an hour off for lunch, 5 days per week. Occasional 6-day workweeks are required. Can accommodate a few vacation days.

Compensation: $120/week plus room and board.   Education and training, including farm classes and monthly farm tour field trips.

Position description: We are seeking two full season interns to take an active and dynamic role in managing the day-to-day activities of the farm. These people will be involved with all aspects of the farm. She/He will be expected to manage other workers and volunteers to accomplish fieldwork, harvest, and farm projects efficiently, correctly, and when possible, joyfully. In addition to farming knowledge, the traits of leadership, team building and communication will be key to the of a full season intern.

            Trustworthy, hard working, attention to details, sense of humor, readiness to teach and learn, efficient, organized, non-judgmental, driven, physical and emotional endurance, and loving are all traits that would be great to have in an intern.

            On this farm, we are fortunate to have a lot of volunteers, some short-term and many live-in work exchange volunteers (WWOOFers). This presents the challenge of always training and teaching new inexperienced workers; good communication and a compassionate, non-judgmental attitude is important.

Position requirements: Desire to be a farmer or pursue a hands-on career in agriculture. Pervious farm experience preferred, a summer season on a small-scale organic farm would be ideal experience. Valid drivers license. Willingness to drive small box truck, tractors, and operate power tools and equipment. Ability to lift 50lbs and readiness for the physically rigorous task of farming. Desire to take on responsibility and a leadership role. Since this is a family farm, we ask that you are willing to watch the farmer’s children from time to time during work time or for additional compensation outside of work.

Preferred experience: Mechanical and building skills preferred. Experience with volunteer management, retail sales, physical outdoor work, and/or communal living all would be beneficial.

Living Situation: This position is more of a lifestyle then just a job. Applicants should be prepared to live and work with the same people, cook using whole foods, and spend much of their time in the open air. The full season interns will share a room in our small, rustic cabin. She/He will share a composting toilet, outdoor shower, and fully equipped barn kitchen with interns and woofers. We provide farm produce and basic stable foods (flour, rice, beans, oatmeal, pasta, and so on). We do our best to provide wireless internet, but the service can be spotty. Illegal substances are not permitted, responsible drinking and smoking in designated areas is fine.

            Life on the farm involves a lot of hard work, a lot of tasty food, and great people to spend time with. We strive to live in harmony with each other and natural world.



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