Farm Internships

Farm Internships

Opportunities to intern at Sanborn Mills Farm will open again in 2018.

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The 2015 summer farm intern was Elaina Enzien.

portrait of ElainaElaina helped out with our sustainable agriculture program from June through August of 2015. She holds a B.S. Degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from the University of New Hampshire’s College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

During her time at UNH, she was a member of Sigma Alpha, Professional Agricultural Sorority and served as President of the CREAM class (Cooperative Real Education in Agricultural Management). She spent the fall of 2013 in New Zealand in an Ecoquest Education Foundation Program as in January 2015 served as a volunteer in Panama as part of an Environmental Global Brigade program.

Elaina has broad hands-on experience with growing organic vegetables, the use of traditional and modern farm equipment, and raising farm animals including dairy cattle, horses, and chickens.

 

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Information below is provided ONLY as a reference and explains the scope of work and application process typical to a Sanborn Mills Farm Internship:

About the Internship:
Our Farm Internships are focused on environmentally sustainable food production practices. We are seeking individuals with a serious interest in developing the skills needed to grow food sustainably and raise animals as a food source. Interns at Sanborn Mills Farm work closely with Farm Educator Tom McQuade in the growing and harvesting of vegetables, the growing of small grains for animal feed, and the raising of laying hens and meat birds. Interns will also be asked to perform a wide range of chores and special duties needed to support a traditional working farm. Draft animals (horses and oxen) provide much of the power on the farm so interns may have the opportunity to work closely with them. Because the farm is open to the public for scheduled tours, interns may occasionally be working in view of the public and participating in visitor programs.

Dates, Number of Positions Available & Hours:
The Sanborn Mills Farm Internship is a 12- to 16-week program. The target start date is typically early May and the target end date is late August or early September. The actual start and end dates will be determined by mutual agreement between the intern(s) and the Sanborn Mills Farm Educator. One to two positions are available usually available. This is a full time internship, estimated at 40 hours per week with some weekend chore duties included.

Compensation:
A stipend will be provided. The amount of the stipend will be discussed during the interview process.

Housing:
On-site housing will be provided. There is a shared living room, fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room.

Because workshop attendees also stay at the Red House, all public and shared spaces must be kept clean and clutter-free. Meals are the responsibility of the intern(s).

Eligibility:
Internships are open to anyone with an interest in pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture. To be eligible, an individual must be a legal resident of the United States.

Requirements:
Interns will be working outdoors in variable weather conditions and must be able to lift at least 50 pounds. Work on the farm requires strength, stamina, and patience. A successful candidate must have:

  • The ability to work the long hours of a farm schedule.
  • A strong work ethic.
  • Flexibility to accept a wide range of work assignments.
  • The ability to be task and detail oriented.
  • A personable manner and interest in working collaboratively with other farm staff.
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.

Deadline & How to Apply:
Sanborn Mills Farm Internships are awarded on a competitive basis. Deadline is typically in early spring.

Application packet should include:

1.  A complete resume outlining your education and work experience.

2.  A written statement (maximum of one page) that outlines:

  • What you hope to gain and accomplish during the Internship.
  • The specific skills and abilities you feel you will bring to the Internship.

3. Two letters of recommendation that speak to your character and commitment to sustainable farming.