Live-In Internships

Are you a graduating college senior or perhaps you just retired?

Take a break from the ordinary and become an intern at the Eco-Justice Center. Spend three months to a year educating children about the environment, harvesting organically-grown vegetables, helping shear alpacas – the sky is the limit! Work alongside our experienced staff who will teach you by doing. This is not a classroom study but actual farm labor that will educate you on what it takes to grow food, care for animals, and teach people.

Change with the Seasons of Life

You’ll be part of the seasons on the farm. Expect to work outdoors for hours at a time caring for animals and planting, harvesting and weeding in the gardens. On one day you could be educating a school group about healthy eating, weeding in the garden, mucking out the goat area, and preparing the Hermitage. In the winter months, you’ll care for animals, organize supplies, conduct school programs, and help to develop curriculum.

   

Be a part of the sustainability cycle

We produce 50% of our electricity through renewable sources – solar panels, a wind turbine, and geo-thermal heating and cooling. On our historic farm, we create healthy food in a way that restores the earth, rather than takes from it. We care for our animals and in return we get eggs, compostable material and fiber. Through our programming, we inspire others to find joy, wonder and a sense of place in nature. We’re proud of what we do. Join us.

 

Who should apply?

The Eco-Justice Center welcomes people of all faith traditions (or none!), ethnicities, backgrounds, socio-economic demographics, sexual and gender orientations.

1. Adults (ages 18+) who are energetic, reliable, and have a demonstrated interest in environmental education and sustainable agriculture.

2. Physical requirements - Must be able to bend, crouch, and stand for extended periods as farming requires strength and stamina. Ability to lift 50 lbs., work in the soil, handle farm tools, and be outside in all weather conditions. 

3. Desire to educate people and work with animals. Previous experience with children and public speaking skills helpful, but not necessary to apply.

4. Exhibit consistent skills - positive attitude, initiative, emotional maturity, and self-responsibility. Possess a strong desire to learn and the ability to self-direct.

5. International applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without Eco-Justice Center sponsorship.

 

 
What to expect

Specific duties vary depending on the time of the year, but will largely revolve around education programs and regular small farm operations. Interns work approximately 35-40 hours per week. Because we are a working farm, your schedule will include a weekend day – for example Tues-Sat or Sun-Thu.

Daily tasks

  • Work in summer camps, school programs, and/or public programs
  • Conduct tours and special events
  • Feed and care for animals
  • Clean out barns and pastures
  • Plant, mulch, seed, weed, and other garden tasks
  • Harvest, wash and pack veggies for farmers market
  • Gather and process eggs
  • Hermitage scheduling and cleaning

 

Housing

You’ll be provided with a private room in the farmhouse that houses one other intern and also contains staff offices and a public programming/meeting room. Interns have a shared kitchen, bathroom, & living space. The farmhouse has its own raised garden beds for any produce you would like to plant and harvest personally. The house is just steps away from the Education Center, gardens, and animals. Features include:

  • Private furnished bedroom
  • Fully furnished house
  • Full kitchen
  • Heating/air conditioning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Onsite laundry facilities
  • Laundry soap and cleaning supplies
  • Towels and linens
  • Free parking on site

 

Food/Meals

You can prepare meals and food in the kitchen. The kitchen is stocked with pots, pans, dishes and utensils.

Stipend

$1200 per month

 

Be part of the team

As an intern you’re a part of the Eco-Justice Center team. You’ll attend staff meetings, lead or assist in programs and tours, and assist with fundraising events.

 

Start your internship journey
Apply to be an intern

Applying is easy. Just pick either an individualized internship or a seasonal internship.

  • Individualized internship – Choose this if you want to pick your start date and the length of your internship. To be considered you will need to commit to at least three months and no longer than 1 year.
  • Seasonal internship – Choose Sept-Dec, Jan-May or June-August.

To apply:

Email completed application (found here), cover letter and resume to katie@ecojusticecenter.org