Cloud Mountain Farm Center is a 45-acre working farm committed to operating as a living laboratory, training new crop and nursery farmers, and expanding educational workshops for home gardeners and commercial farmers. Programming at the Farm Center fosters experimentation and the development of diverse and collaborative growing and marketing strategies for a more stable local food system.
General Internship Description:
The Farm Center is a long-standing working farm with a rigorous integrated educational curriculum and work-based learning program. This program gives interns a hands-on, farm-based experience in agricultural production and management as well as a solid understanding of the big picture challenges that affect NW agriculture and the communities it serves. Interns at the Farm Center will join the staff for around forty hours a week to learn all aspects of planning, production, marketing and environmental stewardship and be expected to complete academic coursework on their own time. Interns will be paid thirty-two working hours for their time contributing to the daily operation of Cloud Mountain. Another eight to twelve hours per week will be spent learning, both indoors and outdoors, in discussions and in direct activities focused on specific topics as outlined in our curriculum. Activities will include some Cloud Mountain workshops, held both on and off site, and field trips to other farms where interns will work alongside other farmers to get an in-depth understanding of their circumstances, management and systems.
The educational sessions will use a diversity of formats: presentation-based, discussion-based, hands-on demonstrations, and experiential activities. Interns accepted into the program will be asked to read selected books and articles, complete exercises, and invited to give short presentations on specific topics. Interns should be prepared to do readings and homework outside of the working week. Interns should have a background knowledge of plant cultivation and ideally one year experience on a working farm.
Nursery Intern Focus Study:
The Farm Center is expanding its offerings this year to include a nursery-focused intern. The responsibilities and work week of this intern will focus specifically on nursery production three days per week. The remaining two days per week will focus on farm duties and educational sessions.
This focused internship offers experience in grafting both fruit and ornamental plants, propagation with hardwood and softwood cuttings, growing from seed, container growing of woody ornamentals, and field growing plants. This focused internship also will include experience in retail sales, customer service, and marketing. You will work one on one with the nursery team, and be responsible for a nursery focused project.
Our curriculum-based internship program is designed to provide hands-on, nursery-based and farm-based education to guide the next generation of growers and leaders in fields related to horticulture and agriculture. Our program works because all participants leave with a well-rounded foundation of skills that are pre-requisites for success in the business and practices of horticulture and farming. At Cloud Mountain, interns learn through hands-on work experience, participating in farm-based research projects, making presentations, attending and participating in workshops and educating others.
The eight-month, full-time, paid internship program is now accepting applications for 2016. Successful candidates have the ability to take responsibility, be accountable, think clearly, act decisively, have a positive attitude and get along well with others. Common skills and traits also include self-knowledge of goals and life direction, enjoy being outside doing physical work, in good health, and the having the ability to make and keep commitments.
Program Dates and Financial Details:
The 2016 Internship Program will run from February 1st through October 8th. Tuition for the Program is $3000. Interns are paid hourly WA state minimum wage for 32 hours of their 40 to 50-hour-per-week commitment.
There are limited scholarships available which are based on need. Please inquire.
Please return this completed application to:
Cloud Mountain Farm Center 6906 Goodwin Rd Everson WA 98247
Or via email to email@example.com
A completed application will include:
1. A completed application form
2. Your current resume: Education and work experience
4. A list of 3 references. At least two of them must be professional. Please include their name, address, email and phone number. Please do not ask them to send us a letter.
Interviews: Interviews for successful applicants will be scheduled as completed applications are received. While an on-farm tour and interview are preferred, applicants from out of the region may be interviewed on Skype.
Application Deadline: Our first round of applications are due by October 30, 2015, and positions may be filled as suitable applicants apply. Please note: If all positions are not filled after the application deadline, additional applicants will be considered.
Notification and Deposit: As applicants are interviewed, successful applications will be notified in writing that they have been accepted into the program. A $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to reserve your place.
Tuition is due at the beginning of the program; however monthly payment schedules may be an option.
Intern Pay Information: Interns will be paid biweekly current WA state minimum wage for 32 hours per week for 8 months.
Housing: There is some limited housing available at a reduced rent, please request more information if interested. If housing is desired, a lease must be signed by no later than December 31st of the current year.
Have Additional Questions? Please contact us at Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 360.966.5859 or firstname.lastname@example.org