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 becoming a farmer.
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
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.
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.
Location: Rodale Institute Southeast Organic Center, 7850 Rico Rd, Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia
Compensation: Interns will be paid $7.25/hour if receiving housing, or $9.50/hour if not receiving housing. Organic produce from the farm is occasionally available during the growing season.
Housing: Communal on-site housing is available for interns. You must notify us in advance if you need on-site housing.
Schedule: Interns work full-time for 16-24 weeks. Internships are available for spring or fall (see chart below). Start and end dates are somewhat flexible, if they land within the given timeframe.
Deadlines: Application deadlines are listed below. If you miss a deadline or are interested in an internship that does not meet the minimum duration, please contact us at email@example.com, as exceptions can sometimes be made based on the needs of Rodale Institute.
|Internship Season||Timeframe||Application Deadline|
|Spring||February – June||October 1|
|Fall||August – December||June 1|
- Cover letter (including dates of availability and contact information for 3 references)
- Resume or CV
- Official or unofficial transcript(s)
Please send the cover letter, resume, and transcript to Dr. Kristie Wendelberger at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate which internship you are applying to in the subject line of your email.
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.