Blue Sky Organic Farms: Intern Position
We are seeking a determined, capable, and committed future farmer for our Intern Position. Please read the following information to completion.
If you are interested in immersing yourself into the multi-faceted world of organic, Arizona farming and would like to receive an internship application please contact Sara or David via email at firstname.lastname@example.org All questions regarding this position can also be directed to Sara or David at email@example.com
Hiring is done on a rolling, as-needed basis. Below, you will find further information about this year long program.
About Blue Sky Organic Farms: We are a family farm located in Litchfield, AZ on the west side of the 303. Blue Sky Organic Farms is owned and operated by David Vose. David has been farming in sunny Arizona since 1995 and is a fountain of knowledge in organic farming and food production. Blue Sky Organic Farms produces approximately 150 varieties of vegetables, and some fruit varieties on 35 acres of land, throughout the year. On this land, we also raise certified organic chickens for egg production, as well as goats, for milk production and for the sheer joy they bring to the farm. We are 100% certified organic. Certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). We offer our produce for sale at local farmer’s markets, to local restaurants, and at our Farm Store.
Internship Opportunity: We look forward to introducing our farming practices to each intern to help perpetuate organic, sustainable farming practices. While the demands of farming can be arduous, and the pace of work can at times be hectic, we intend to provide each intern with full face-value insight, applied knowledge, and the in-depth understanding necessary to run an organic farm. This includes, but is not limited to; planting, harvesting, and processing crops, weeding, utilizing farming equipment, conducting farmer’s market booths, caring for livestock, and even working in our Farm Store. We farm in both fields and protected high tunnels and greenhouses. The hands-on education received by each intern will help to further their understanding in organic farming practices, farming economics, marketing, raising farm animals, customer relations/service, and more.
We are interested in working with interns who have a deep interest in agriculture and farming as a career path. We equate this internship to that of a trade school education, as you will receive a multitude of hands on knowledge while interning at Blue Sky. Based upon the degree of extensive training offered to our interns, we do not offer short-term internships. We ask that all interested applicants be willing to commit to learning and working at our farm for at least one year. Within one year, the intern will be able to develop skills that can only be acquired with consistent training throughout the year. Experiencing farming through the senses as the seasons change, allows the intern to come full circle in understanding the requirements of farming and producing consistent crops as the weather changes.
Farming is not for the weak. It pushes the farmer, and crew to various peaks within their physical fitness, and stamina. Interns will be expected to work 6 days a week, between 8-10 hours per day, the same hours as we do. We ask that all prospective interns be aware of their physical strengths and limitations, prior to applying for this position. We are looking for someone who Is hard-working, dedicated, honest, non-smoking, receptive, good student, flexible, a true “salt of the earth” person, with a true desire to farm. We offer housing with a stipend of $100 per week and produce to eat.
How to Apply: Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application. In this email please include a summary describing yourself and why you are interested in this position at our Farm, what you are most interested in learning through this internship, as well as a resume. Please highlight any previous related experience if you should have any. No experience necessary, yet a sincere desire to learn and work hard is completely necessary.
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Position: Farmer’s Market Staff
Is living a healthy lifestyle important to you? Do you like getting your hands dirty? Want to help feed your community with wholesome produce? If so, this may be the perfect opportunity for you to become part of an organic family farm!
We are looking to fill a couple part-time farmers’ market positions for this coming season. Our market staff typically only work early Saturday mornings through the early afternoon, however there is an opportunity for more hours in our Farm Store and/or as a delivery driver*. This position is great for college students or people just looking for some extra income or anyone looking for a unique opportunity to learn & work on an organic farm. Ideally, you will have a passion and understanding of healthy eating and organic produce. This is a sales position so sales experience is preferred but not required, although you will need to posses a friendly, outgoing personality (chatting with vendors is part of the farmer’s market experience that customers look forward to!)
Here’s an idea of what a typical farmer’s market shift will include:
- Load refrigerated truck with produce on pallets
- Once at market: set up tents, tables, produce displays, and register by opening (8:00 am)
- Sell delicious, high-quality, organic produce!
- Breakdown tents, tables, register, load produce back in truck
- Back at farm: unload all produce and display items, empty truck
- MUST be able to work Saturday’s (markets are generally open Saturday’s from 8am-1pm)
- Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. repeatedly, throughout the day
- Ability to stand for extended periods of time
- Friendly, outgoing personality
- Sales experience preferred, but not required
- Knowledge of organic farming/produce/practices a plus
- *Market driver applicants must be able to pass drug test
Send your resume and contact information to Sara at email@example.com.