Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Educational Farm Internship, Sierra Harvest Nevada City, California

Position: Do you love working with kids and also want to learn to be a better farmer?  Or, are you trying to decide between going into education and farming? This internship is designed to prepare you for the rising field of garden and farm education which is growing as schools and community non-profits respond to a need for healthier families.  Sierra Harvest is seeking applicants for its 2015 internship program, which focuses on small-scale ecological farming and community education through Sierra Harvest programming, with a focus of working at The Food Love project, our educational farm.
The Food Love Project is a half-acre educational farm located on land trust property. The farm is devoted to promoting nutrition education, food security, and community involvement in growing, harvesting, eating, and celebrating fresh food! We provide experiential field trips, service projects, summer camps, weekly community “U-picks” and classroom visits to local schools.
About the Internship:
The internship is a seasonal position, starting March 16, 2015, and ending on November 16, 2015. This is a part time position that will entail approximately 28 hours per week.
As an intern at Sierra Harvest, you will have a chance to learn first-hand what is involved in running an educational farm from seed to classroom. In addition to getting hands on experience and confidence teaching students garden-based education, you’ll learn the basics of organic farming, grow for and sell at the farmers market, help build backyard garden and get a little time behind the scenes seeing what makes a non-profit tick. Oh, and you’ll have a great time (as long as you like being outside, getting dirty, and helping shape our future leaders
Interns will spend 3 mornings and one evening per week at the Food Love Project, one day per week working on a market garden and one day working with various Sierra Harvest programs, (building backyard gardens, helping with administrative tasks, running field trips, or doing classroom visits).  Additionally, Sierra Harvest will offer educational connections to visit area farms and to experts on topics of intern interest.  Interns will also be involved in Sierra Harvest staff meetings and fundraising events and will work 2 Saturdays per month at the farmer’s market.  There will also be the opportunity to attend other cooking/gardening classes put on by Sierra Harvest.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assists with farm work, food production: planting, harvesting, chicken care, greenhouse management, worm composting and more.
  • Serves as a lead educator, developing lessons in conjunction with Program director and Farm Manager.
  • Helps run farm field trips, in-class visits and summer camp with hundreds of K-8th grade students.
  • Helps manage U-pick nights at farm
  • Represents and promotes Sierra Harvest through social media and in the community.
  • Has interest in pursuing autonomous projects to benefit the educational farm (i.e. value added products).
  • Tracks garden activities and contributes to education journals,
  • Supports the program with office work and meetings.
  • Helps build backyard gardens.

  • Enthusiasm for farm based learning
  • Experience working with diverse groups/kids is a plus
  • Flexibility (of mind and body)
  • Motivated, self-starter
  • Ability to work in the sun for 5+ hours
  • Excitement to give feedback and ideas
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to do physical labor
  • Commitment to honest, open communication
  • Willing to accept constructive feedback
  • Ridiculous sense of humor is a must
Location: Food Love Project, 16200 Lake Vera Rd Nevada City, CA and other Sierra Harvest program sites.
Supervision: Interns will work directly with Program Director and Farm Manager of the Food Love Project. They will also spend time working with all other Sierra Harvest staff.
Transportation: Interns must provide their own transportation to and from farm site (3 miles).
Accommodations: Not provided. Sierra Harvest will help find good housing options in the area if needed.
Compensation: $400/month
Email with questions.  Application can be downloaded on our website here: