The intern will be an integral part of the farm team and will be exposed to all day-to-day aspects of the farm work. Activities include:
In addition to learning our growing methods and tools in a hands-on environment, the intern will receive access to online training videos during the duration of the internship. This video series includes lectures and demonstrations of crop-specific techniques, written technical sheets for reference, and recorded question and answer sessions on particular topics. We also have a substantial library of farming and gardening books that the intern is welcome to borrow. The intern will be expected to take advantage of these resources on their own schedule.
The intern will be provided with many opportunities to learn basic homesteading skills (carpentry, food preservation, tool maintenance, chopping firewood, etc.) as well as one-on-one education with the farm owners and staff depending on the intern’s specific interests. There will also be opportunities to tour other nearby farms. In order to get the most out of this internship opportunity, the intern is strongly encouraged to ask questions!
Stipend, Housing, & Meals
The intern will be paid a monthly stipend of $1,200 to be paid on the last day of each month, for up to 7 months (April 1 through October 31). A minimum commitment of 5 months is expected. The intern will commit to working 30 hours per week. Some of these hours will be pre-scheduled, others could be flexible. A typical work day might start at 7 am and stop at 1:30 pm, with a 30 minute lunch break. The intern will get at least two full days off per week. We expect the intern to be present most of the farming season, with possibilities to schedule time off in advance. The monthly stipend will be reduced (prorated) for any time off during the season (e.g. taking a week off in a month reduces that month’s stipend to $900).
If needed, housing is available on the farm in the form of A-frame cabin, with a composting toilet, foot pump-sink, electricity, and queen-sized bed. There is not much room for storage so the intern is encouraged to limit personal items or rent an off-site storage unit. There is a sauna with shower, indoor/outdoor common kitchen, and on-site laundry that the intern can use. All utilities (power, water, internet, garbage/recycling) are included. Monthly rent is $300.
If desired, the intern can participate in shared lunches and dinners, where we take turns cooking and doing dishes. Regardless of shared meals, the intern will have access to any produce on the farm for their personal meals (with a few exceptions when we are low on particular crops).
We live on the farm with our 8-year-old son and much of our social life is centered around the farm with frequent visits from friends and family. We expect you to treat our farm, our tools, our animals, and our community with care and a positive attitude. We hope any conflicts that do come up can be handled through discussion and changing whatever the source of conflict is, understanding that nobody benefits from negative energy in their life. Our hope in bringing someone on to help is that it will reduce our stress and free up some time, not tie us up in personal conflicts or drama.
Send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. We will accept applications until the position is filled. Ideally, we would like to finalize a contract by March 1, 2024. Small Acres does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, race, color, or ethnic origin in the hiring of its personnel. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.
3811 Hatley Road
Everson, WA 98229