Internship Information

Farm Incubator Program Agriculture Educator Internship

Agriculture Educator Internship Description:

Interns lunching at the farm!

Learn about the inner workings of a small farm business incubator while working with an active team of educators and beginning farmers. This is an excellent opportunity to learn essentials of small business management and organic farming in the Pacific Northwest.

Agriculture Educator interns provide invaluable support to the work that takes place on the farm by helping participating businesses to keep farm and business affairs on track and on schedule. This is accomplished through record keeping systems, support of group workshops and one on one work with participating businesses. Agriculture educator interns will also help Seattle Tilth staff demonstrate and model good farming practices on the learning farm.

Each intern will choose a focus from topics not limited to the following:

  • Business Development and Whole Farm Planning
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Soil Fertility and Irrigation Management
  • Pest, Disease, and Weed Management
  • Visual resource Specialist
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Food System Employment Specialist

Time Commitment: Interns devote 8-16 hours per week for three, six, or nine months.

Compensation:

This is an unpaid intern position, but can be done for school credit if your institution provides for it.

Work Site:

Work takes place at our farm site in Auburn: 17601 Southeast Lake Moneysmith Road,
Auburn, WA 98092.

Agricultural Educator Intern Responsibilities:

  • Attend and support workshops for participating farmers at the farm
  • Work with Seattle Tilth staff to receive on the job training in relevant agricultural practices and business record keeping.
  • Provide one on one support in participant’s native language or with an interpreter
  • Provide one on one support to the farmers in maintaining record keeping systems
  • Assist with creation of visual resource materials
  • Assist with organization and execution of Seattle Tilth special events
  • Work in the learning farm plot
  • Other duties as assigned.

Agriculture Educator Intern Qualifications

  • Bilingual in Maimai language or ability to work with an interpreter
  • Interest or experience in farming or business management
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and be self-directed and also work well as a member of a team
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Seattle Tilth and the Farm Incubator Program
  • A strong interest in non-profit work and community service.
  • Available weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and some Saturdays

Benefits for Interns

Agricultural Educator Interns gain valuable skills in cross-cultural agricultural education and are given an opportunity to experience the inner workings of a non-profit with over 30 years of success. Interns can leverage their experiences with Seattle Tilth to positions other programs that serve refugees and immigrants, small business development, or other agricultural programs. You will be actively contributing to the fields of organic farming, local food, education, the environment, and social justice, while working with a team and accomplishing common goals.

Application Process

Please email a cover letter and resume to katiepencke@seattletilth.org. In the meantime please also fill out a volunteer/intern application on our website: http://seattletilth.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application-form, and attend an organization-wide volunteer orientation. These are held the first Tuesday of every month in Seattle’s Wallingford Neighborhood. You can find more information at: http://seattletilth.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-orientations

Important Dates and Deadlines:

We will interview and bring on board a new crew of interns four times a year. We are looking for a minimum three month commitment, 8-15 hours per week, although we interns to stay with the program for an entire growing season.

Applications due on:  

For a start date of:
April 15, 2011 May 1, 2011
June 1, 2011 July 1, 2011
September 1, 2011 October 1, 2011
December 1, 2011 January 1, 2012
March 1, 2012 April 1, 2012

Questions

Email Katie Pencke at katiepencke@seattletilth.org. or call (206) 992-7034 for more information.

About Seattle Tilth

Seattle Tilth is a nationally recognized non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources, and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community.  Our programs include community learning gardens, our volunteer program, classes and workshops, events, a children’s garden program, the Master Composter program, the Garden Hotline, Seattle Youth Garden Works, and the Farm Incubator Program.  We demonstrate and teach organic urban food production and sustainable landscape management. This is a rich educational environment and we emphasize “hands-on” learning.

Thank you for your interest in being an intern with Seattle Tilth!

Last Revised–3/22/2011


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