If you are a student looking for an internship opportunity, consider Willistown Conservation Trust. The Trust can be a great learning experience – a chance to work with and learn from some of the best in the field of conservation. The Trust accepts a variety of interns throughout the year.
Three areas of focus are offered: Community Farm Program, Stewardship, and Visual Communications. Read the descriptions below, explore our web site to learn more about us, and think about what interests you. To be considered for an internship, send your resume and a cover letter expressing your area of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have an interest in land conservation, watershed conservation, native plants, birds, habitat restoration, field research, or outdoor education and like to get your hands dirty working outdoors, an internship can be structured around your interests.
Community Farm Program Internships
The mission of the Willistown Conservation Trust Community Farm Program is to support the Trust mission by modeling sustainable agricultural practices and promoting the values of open space, natural resource protection and healthy local food production to a broader community. By bringing together community members, farmers, and land in a mutually supportive relationship, the farm program contributes to the growth of local, sustainable food networks and connects people of all ages and backgrounds more closely with the rural landscape and agricultural heritage of the Willistown countryside.
The Community Farm Program at Rushton Farm provides interns with hands on experience growing food and providing educational outreach to the community through the farm’s CSA, volunteer, and service learning programs. Interns work closely with the Rushton Farm staff to grow 3 acres of mixed vegetables, operate a CSA, ensure the safety and proper management of volunteers, and educate all visitors to the farm about the mission of the WCT Community Farm Program.
We are seeking a dependable, good natured individual, ideally with an interest in pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture or food systems related advocacy work. No farm related experience is necessary but applicant must be able and willing to perform physical labor in various weather conditions and be comfortable speaking with the public. Compensation consists of a small weekly stipend and produce. In some cases, on-site housing may be provided.
Tasks include but are not limited to:
* Propagation and greenhouse management- seed starting, seedling care, record keeping and watering duties on alternate weekends in the spring and early summer.
* Bed Preparation and Planting- both manual and mechanical tillage and bed preparation activities.
* Field Irrigation- Intern will be expected to learn, implement, and operate both overhead and drip irrigation systems.
* Harvesting and CSA setup- Intern will be directly involved in the harvesting and distribution of CSA shares every Tuesday and Friday morning throughout the season, schedule permitting.
* Other possible opportunities include- Working with school and youth groups through our developing education programs; working with volunteers throughout the summer; and developing composting systems for field-scale production systems.
Applications are taken on a rolling basis until the position has been filled by the desired candidate. Take a closer look at Willistown Conservation Trust Community Farm Program information on our web site. Interested applicants should e-mail their resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Visual Communications Internships
Visual Communications Internships work in a variety of areas to support and assist the Manager of Communications. Using your creative vision along with your page layout, digital photography, videography and/editing skills, you will have the opportunity to help further the Trust’s mission by capturing and sharing the rural beauty of Willistown and the Trust’s work to preserve it. You’ll also assist with developing e-communications using email marketing software and web communications using WordPress. Using these graphics skills, you will assist on projects working closely with staff members and co-workers from other departments, assimilating and evolving the look and feel of the Trust’s visual communications. Depending on the individual’s interest or skill set and the needs of the Trust, this may be a design, still photography, video, e-communications project or a mix of all media. The candidate should be developing skills with Adobe Creative Suite and be interested in the natural world. A passion for land conservation, sustainable agriculture, and birds is a plus.