Hampshire College Farm Center

This opportunity is a Miller Worley MHConnect internship and is available to Mount Holyoke students only. Lynk funding required.

Location: Amherst, Massachusetts

Position title: Farm Intern

Duration: 8-10 weeks, 40 hours/week

Housing: There is no housing available at Hampshire College. Interns must secure their own housing and transportation.

Description: Interns will work alongside farm staff and other farm interns to carry out the daily operations of organic vegetable and livestock production on the Hampshire College Farm. Normal farm working hours are Monday-Friday 7am-4pm with a one hour lunch break. Some weekend hours will be required. Interns will set up a work schedule with the Farm Director at the beginning of the internship. 
 
Responsibilities may include:
  • greenhouse seeding and watering
  • field preparation
  • transplanting and direct seeding
  • weed control including tractor cultivation and hand hoeing
  • organic pest control
  • livestock feeding and watering
  • setting up and taking down fencing
  • moving animals from pasture to pasture
  • planting and managing cover crops
  • assisting Hampshire College professors with on-farm research

About the Hampshire College Farm Center: The Hampshire College Farm Center is a working farm, as well as a research, education, and outreach facility, dedicated to sustainable agriculture. Created in the late nineteen-seventies as an experimental project of the Natural Science faculty, the Farm Center continues to be a place where students and faculty integrate science and alternative technology as a means for testing sustainable methods of farming. The Farm Center is a thriving educational center, providing agricultural programs for the college, local community members, and school groups. Students and faculty develop research projects and take advantage of work study opportunities; local community members participate in workshops and buy organic vegetables through the Community Supported Agriculture program. Visitors and volunteers are welcome to tour the Farm Center and are encouraged to get involved. If you are interested in meeting our staff and learning more about our animals and enterprises, please contact us.

For more information, visit the Hampshire College Farm Center website.

Qualifications: The Hampshire College Farm is looking for interns with a strong commitment to learning about sustainable agriculture.  Farm work is often strenuous labor that requires physically challenging tasks. It is important for interns to feel physically capable and willing to work hard in all types of weather. When interns are introduced to new tasks they will receive appropriate training. Benefits may include occasional trips to other local farms and farm conferences including the NOFA summer conference as well as some veggies, flowers and herbs. 

Application Instructions

Students must apply to this position through Handshake by February 22, 2019. But must complete Step 1 of the Lynk UAF application by February 15, 2019 at 5 pm, in the Applications section of the Self Service area on my.mtholyoke.edu.

In your cover letter, please discuss both the experience you bring to the internship and the skills and experience you hope to gain (in no more than a page). Please also list contact information for two references that can speak to your work or school experience.

The Miller Worley MHConnect process also requires an advising meeting with the Asst. Director of the Miller Worley Center (email internships_mwce@mtholyoke.edu) as well as a faculty reference (submitted via this form: http://bit.do/mwcefacultyref) before February 22.

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