Rodale Institute’s Southeast Organic Center Beginning Farmer Internship program is a multiple-track internship that gives aspiring farmers the knowledge and experience they need to work on an organic farm or start their own operation. This training integrates participants through all aspects of operation of an organic vegetable farm on multiple scales while gearing the curriculum towards beginning farmers.

This program is intended for individuals with little to no experience looking to gain introductory knowledge about organic farming basics.

Responsibilities could include:

  • Seed starting
  • Greenhouse & high tunnel production
  • Growth chamber set up and operation
  • Pest & weed management
  • Irrigating & mulching beds
  • Introduction to small and large equipment
  • Harvesting & processing produce
  • Record keeping and basic bookkeeping
  • Research plot establishment and maintenance
  • Other farm activities as needed

Education program:

Interns will be fully immersed in the day-to-day physical activities for 4-6 months to learn what is needed to be an organic vegetable farmer. The experience incorporates a comprehensive curriculum over the course of the season that focuses on training in organic growing skills. Interns are encouraged to attend all Rodale Institute classroom sessions and off-site farm visits during their internship.

Candidate qualifications:

Applicants should have a positive attitude, be able to lift 50 lbs., and the ability to work in seasonal environmental elements. Candidates must be willing to work in a changing environment with day-to-day flexibility in tasks. Must have a valid US driver’s license.

Other institutional expectations:

To be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.

Additional information:

Location: Rodale Institute Southeast Organic Center, 7850 Rico Rd, Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia

Compensation: Interns will receive an hourly wage and free vegetables as available for the length of the internship.

Schedule: An ideal candidate could commit to at least 40 hours/week for a minimum of 6 months. Candidates will have additional weekend duties which extend beyond the average work week. Ideally, we would like a candidate to begin in early January and work with us for 24 weeks.

To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and completed application to the SOC Research Director at kristie.wendelberger@rodaleinstitute.org

Deadlines: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will close once all positions are filled. If you miss a deadline, or you are interested in an internship that does not meet the minimum duration, please contact the SOC Research Director as exceptions can sometimes be made based on the needs of Southeast Organic Center.

Duration: Available on rotating schedule.

About Rodale Institute: Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For seventy years, the Institute has been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.

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