2017 Sustainable Orchard Internship

Spend your internship at our orchard in the support of the hunger relief network in Worcester County!  Work with a “growing” organization as they continue to improve operations and increase output.  Learn the basics of the operation of a large scale sustainable orchard and volunteer organizing while you spend your time outdoors working with a diverse group of staff and volunteers.  Work directly with an experienced Orchard Manager responsible for 30 acres of diverse fruit trees.  Be part of the solution to hunger in Worcester County while exploring your future.

Responsibilities

Our Sustainable Orchard Interns will participate fully in all aspects of operating a non-profit volunteer farming organization at our orchard.  This is a 30 acre orchard of approximately 3,200 apple trees nestled on a 75 acre tract in Harvard, MA.  They will have direct hands on engagement in orchard operations, opportunities to participate in special projects and to assist in developing new programs/systems/ideas in order to continue CHP’s future growth.

Tasks include but not limited to:

  • Assist with orchard tasks such as pruning, crop/growth analysis, long term planning, budgeting, operations, mowing, pest control and analysis and property upkeep under the direction of our Orchard Manager.
  • Assist with maintaining a positive volunteer experience for all who visit the farm.
  • Assist with the planning, planting and care of a new one acre peach orchard to be planted in April 2017.
  • Choose a project in specific areas of focus to align with your major.

Requirements, qualified applicants will:

  • Have interest and/or some experience in farming and orchard operations
  • Be an excellent communicator and be able to demonstrate previous leadership responsibility
  • Be able to operate and lift farm equipment and/or produce weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Be able to work in outdoor weather conditions, we operate rain or shine
  • Work within a team or independently, be self-motivated, with great attention to detail
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Flexible scheduling based on availability
  • Potential stipend available

Community Harvest Project (CHP), a 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement.  Through their volunteer farming, education, and leadership programs and partnerships, they bring thousands of community members together each year to build an engaged and healthier Worcester County.  In 2016, thanks to over 10,000 volunteer visits, CHP grew nearly 950,000 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, the majority of which were donated through partnerships including the Worcester County Food Bank’s hunger relief network, Community Servings, and the Farm to Health Center Initiative.  In 2017, CHP will operate at Brigham Hill Community Farm and White’s Farm in North Grafton, MA and at Prospect Hill Farm in Harvard, MA.  For more information about their programs and impact, please visit www.community-harvest.org.

Contact

To apply send letter of interest and resume via e-mail to Wayne McAuliffe, Program Manager, at wayne@community-harvest.org

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