Employment and Internships
We are currently accepting applications for the 2016 growing season. Please read the job description below and complete the Farm Internship Application if you are interested in being considered for a full time seasonal farming internship on Venetucci Farm.
Venetucci Farm Summer Internship
Overview: At Venetucci Farm, seasonal interns help us complete the Farm’s mission by providing educational opportunities for passionate young people to explore possible careers related to sustainable agriculture. The internship provides the opportunity to work side by side seasoned farmers as well as other interns as you engage in the vegetable production process from seed to market. Educational opportunities will be provided through on-farm training, regional farmer training workshops when available, visits to other area farms and food hubs, shared reading and discussion. Each intern will be invited to identify, explore, and share information about an area of interest related to regenerative farming.
Job Description: On the farm interns will be involved in all the tasks related to vegetable production, including prepping, seeding, transplanting, weeding, irrigating, harvesting, washing, packing, and record keeping. In addition they may have opportunity to supervise volunteers and assist with education programs. Off the farm, interns will be involved in marketing our produce at farmers markets, including market booth display, customer service, education, and record keeping.
Time Commitment/Schedule: It is preferable that interns commit full time from May through October. Some flexibility may be allowed to accommodate school schedules. We expect interns to work 5 days per week, at least 8 hours/day. Conscious effort is made to limit the total weekly hours to 40, but given the nature of farming, it cannot be guaranteed. Interns will receive 2 consecutive days off each week.
Qualifications: Applicants must have the desire and ability to work hard in what is often a stressful and fast-paced environment. They must be responsible and reliable, have the ability to ask questions, follow directions, be self-motivated, and enjoy working both alone and with others. Strong communication and orientation toward detail are needed assets. Applicants must have current driver’s license. Applicants must be in good physical shape, able to lift at least 50 lbs, and able to withstand extreme weather conditions. Most of the farming is done by hand so the work requires strong hands, wrists, back and knees, as well as a good sense of humor. We’re looking for people who love good food and community created around growing, preparing, and sharing it.
Compensation: Interns receive a stipend of $700 per month plus housing and vegetables. Stipend can be re-negotiated if intern does not need on farm housing.
Hiring process: Interested persons should send completed application, cover letter, resume with references to Susan Gordon, 5210 South Highway 85, Colorado Springs, CO 80911 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be notified if you are selected for an interview. A farm visit is required for all serious applicants.
Volunteers: We welcome volunteers on the farm, especially those who are able to commit to a specific day and time during the busy summer months. It is always helpful to have extra hands on big harvest days. Volunteer summer internships are also available for college students who may be able to work for credits. If your schedule does not allow you to come on a regular basis, please check out our scheduled volunteer days on our website.
Education Program Volunteer Intern
The Education Program Intern will assist the Education Program Coordinator with the development, scheduling, and implementation of all education programs at the farm for a wide variety of age groups, addressing where food comes from, what it takes to grow, prepare, and preserve it, and the importance of locally grown food. Education programs will focus on growing practices that promote the health of the soil, the environment, and the life it sustains.
Qualifications: The Education Program Intern should be a motivated self-starter, independent worker, creative, energetic, and able to communicate with and relate to a wide range of age groups. This person should be organized and detail oriented, able to help implement and coordinate a diverse array of educational programs. This person should enjoy gardening, have an understanding of food-related issues and should embrace the goals and values of Venetucci Farm.
Status: This is a part time, volunteer position. The exact number of hours will be determined by the Education Program Coordinator and specified at the beginning of the internship.
Supervison: This position reports to the Education Program Coordinator, who will be responsible for scheduling, with input from the intern.
- Work with the Education Program Coordinator to design, develop, and lead classes and tours for a set period, determined by the Education Program Coordinator, during the spring, summer or fall that complements the seasonal activities of the farm. Classes for school age children should address Colorado State Standards where appropriate.
- Help promote farm’s educational and volunteer opportunities in local schools, community centers, garden centers, media, and other venues where prospective participants can be reached.
- If interning in the fall, help the Education Program Coordinator with all aspects of the Pumpkins for Kids Program including outreach, publicity, scheduling, volunteer recruitment and onsite management of the event.
- When requested, help the Education Program Coordinator research and write grants to help support Pumpkins for Kids and other educational programs.
- With staff and volunteer assistance, help oversee maintenance of Children’s Garden to correspond with class offerings and to enhance the educational benefit of the garden.
- Help develop an interpretive self-guided farm tour.
- Participate in weekly staff meetings when requested.
Secondary Duties: When requested by the Education Program Coordinator
- Help develop self-guided curriculum for teachers to use on farm.
- Assist with special events as needed.
- Help develop pre and post field trip activities for teachers.
- Assist in long-term planning for the farm.
If you are interested in this position, please Download the Education Internship Application. Contact David Rudin if you have any additional questions.