Our internship

We accept approximately 5 interns each year for our main growing season, April through November. Applications are accepted from September through February. The earlier you apply, the better your chances of being considered. Unfortunately, we cannot reply to all applicants. Please read this page in its entirety and check out the video below before applying. Please read this page in its entirety and check out the video below before applying.

General Description of Internship

Interns are a core element of our 12-14 person farm crew and they participate in all farm activities from greenhouse work to harvest, field work, and farmer’s markets. Interns work closely with the farm managers to maintain our complex and dynamic vegetable farm. This includes driving tractors, seeding, transplanting, lots of weeding, irrigation, harvest, washing and packing produce, driving deliveries, and other crop care.

Interns work Monday through Friday, 8+ hours per day, and are also responsible for two Saturday farmers markets per month, and occasional irrigation duties after-hours. We average a 40-hour work week over the season, with slightly shorter weeks in spring and fall, and slightly longer weeks at the height of summer.

Internships at Mountain Bounty Farm are challenging, highly sought after, and immensely rewarding. The vast majority of Mountain Bounty alumni go on to either work at other farms or start their own farms. Interns who excel in their first season may be offered management positions and permanent employment here at Mountain Bounty.

Qualifications

Prior farm experience is preferred, but not a requirement. Successful candidates usually have experience with some type of outdoor labor and/or a strong athletic background. We are also looking for people who are serious about farming as a career. This is a top-notch training opportunity for someone who is ready to take on the challenge and responsibility of farming.

We are looking for people who are organized, curious, outgoing and personable, wacky and fun, and very motivated. Applicants should be able to work hard and fast in all weather (it can be cold and wet here in spring and fall, and summers are very hot), do heavy lifting, repetitive grasping, standing, bending, and lots of walking. Although we keep the work varied, farming is inherently challenging. Ideal candidates are committed to the farming lifestyle and all that it entails. Must appreciate palindromes.

Educational Components

The majority of the educational component comes through the experience of working directly on the farm: learning by doing. Over the years, we have developed a successful system that is also relatively simple and elegant. One benefit as an intern is reaping the bounty of our many years of learning, passed along to you over the course of your internship. Interns are gradually given more and more responsibility, to the extent they are individually ready. We believe that being allowed to take charge of something important, and also being allowed to make mistakes, is one of the richest and most effective ways to learn.

Additionally, each intern is responsible for a project of their own: managing chickens, irrigating crops, greenhouse care, farmers markets, etc.  Toward the end of the season, we occasionally take field trips to other farms in the area, and periodically we take time to sit down after work for intern-directed Q&A discussions (topics like “farm business management”). We love to teach and are stimulated by people who are excited about learning. Long hours in the field provide the perfect opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t, as well as plenty of discussion about why.

Compensation

$1200/month plus housing and produce (includes vegetables, fruit, and eggs). 

Housing

The farm housing is situated in a beautiful, wild meadow on the periphery of the farm. There are individual small cabins for sleeping plus a shared kitchen and common space, outdoor shower and composting toilet. Interns are responsible for their own meals.

Application Instructions & Hiring Process

Requirements:

  1. A valid driver’s license
  2. You must be available to start work on April 1 and complete the entire season. In a few cases interns have started on March 1. We cannot host interns after late November through February.
  3. All successful candidates will be required to come for an in-person interview on the farm. Please consider this requirement before you apply.
  4. No smoking on the farm
  5. Unfortunately we cannot accept pets of interns on the farm

To Apply:

After you have explored our website and read this page in its entirety, please send us one email only to employment@mountainbountyfarm.com with:

  1. Subject line: Internship Application, (Your Name)
  2. Cover letter detailing your interest in our program
  3. Responses to the questionnaire below
  4. Resume
  5. Three references, work- or farm-related, with current phone numbers

If your qualifications meet our standards we will contact you to schedule an interview. Unfortunately we cannot reply to all applicants.

All successful candidates will be required to visit the farm as part of the interview process. We do not accept Skype interviews as a substitute. Due to the serious nature of the program, we believe that it is vitally important for everyone that we are able to meet in person, and that you get to see the farm. Please think carefully about this requirement before you apply.

Questionnaire:

  1. Why are you interested in Mountain Bounty Farm?
  2. What previous experience are you bringing to this position and what do you feel you have to offer?
  3. What practical skills do you hope to acquire?
  4. What are your personal goals related to farming?
  5. Do you have any prior injuries to back, knees, etc. that might limit your ability to do farm work?
  6. The Interns all live and work together on the farm. Do you have any experiences living and working in this type of environment?
  7. Do you have any allergies, food restrictions, or other physical limitations that might affect your ability to live in a rural setting and do farm work?
  8. Please tell us something interesting about yourself (hobbies, obsessions, talents, etc.)

Thank you for sharing this information with us. We will contact you for an initial telephone interview if we think we’re a good match!

have any questions?

Please contact our internship manager Missy at employment@mountainbountyfarm.com.