Seasonal Internships of 3-6 months are offered for people who want a deep experience of farm life but who may not know if farming will be their career; want to enhance their understanding and appreciation of food and nature and who love hard, very physical work, outdoors, doing something worthwhile for the planet. Seasonal Internship at Moon In The Pond also helps build an aspiring farmer’s skill and experience in a variety of areas. Like “New Farmer Full-Year” apprentices, Seasonal Interns participate in most of the same tasks and operations of the farm (please read “New Farmers” listing), but for a much shorter term: a growing season. As with all farm positions it is full-immersion-whatever-it-takes, farm life.
We are NOW accepting Spring and Summer 2016 applications. We are looking to fill 2 positions for immediate start.
Our Seasonal Interns are a vital force on the farm. We look for passionate, intelligent people who can learn quickly and work hard.
Expect to muck, mulch, milk, mow, herd, hay, harvest, hoe, water, weed, weed, seed, feed, fence, fix, forage, clean, weed, plant, transplant, tidy, weed, clean, scrub, pick, stake, rake, wash, weed, build, record, sweep, swear, study, organize, observe, report, clean, cry, compost, cook, swear, laugh, laugh and laugh. There are always special projects underway and all projects are special. Work is life and includes at least 55+ hours/week, with hours and days varying necessarily. We work hard at a steady pace, outdoors, in the sun/rain, cold/heat, beautiful Berkshire weather.
4 positions start on a rolling basis according to applicants’ availability. Applications are accepted year-round within 2 months of proposed start. For Internship, a 3-6 month commitment is required. Skills/experience desired: Outdoor work experience. Ability and willingness to perform demanding physical labor. Driver’s license and clean record required. Ability and willingness to work alone and/or others. Facility with hand tools, basic carpentry, and gardening skills a plus.
Full board is provided. All meals are organic and from the farm when available: veggies, meat, eggs, milk, yogurt, honey, fruit, etc. Accommodation (room) on-farm for Seasonal Interns is provided as space is available. Interns may live off-farm.
Stipend for Seasonal Interns committing to more than 3 months, there is a stipend of $300/month in addition to room, board and instruction. It is necessary that applicants assess their financial status and determine if they are able to support themselves for the duration of their commitment. (50% of stipend is paid bi-monthly, 50% is paid in a lump sum after 3 months.)
Outdoor work experience is required to apply. Varied work experience is valuable. Applicants must be willing to work long, hard hours and meet a broad range of physical, mental and emotional challenges inherent in farm life.
A working farm visit of 3 days for Seasonal Interns is required as early in the application process as possible. Please make the necessary arrangements and provide dates with your application.
Sequence and Timeline
Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the farm (by arrangement) any time before beginning the application process.
Applications are accepted year-round within 2 months of proposed start.
Positions start on rolling basis according to house availability.
(Please note: In keeping with the experience of real farm life, holidays and weekends are farm work days. While there’s time off, there’s no “weekend”.)
Submit the following by email with subject line “Internship Application”, no earlier than 2 months before proposed start date.
- Letter of intent—Give me your story and why you think this would be a good situation for you. Be specific.
- Resume—be sure to include: a) all basic personal information (include date of birth, address, phone and cell phone); b) education; c) work history—include dates (month and year), position, and responsibilities held, supervisors’ names, email and phone numbers.
- References–2 work, 2 personal. Include relationships and current phone numbers.
- Proposed dates for a) phone/personal interview b) work-trial-visit c) internship start and end dates.
- Recent photo.