French street farms
It’s official! We are ready to expand our team. We are currently looking for TWO interns to join the farm for the fall season. This is who we are looking for:
First and foremost, our interns should be EXCITED about working at Erie’s first commercial urban farm. We are looking for people who are as pumped about local food as we are! If you are looking for just any internship to put on your resume, please don’t bother applying. You should be excited about FOOD, excited about FARMING, and excited about Erie and all of its potential.
The internship is, unfortunately, unpaid. But this is a really unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a new, small urban farm business. Our ideal candidates are interested in doing farm or food work in a longer-term capacity, and for those folks this will be invaluable experience.
Our interns must be willing and able to be trained and do work in ALL ASPECTS of the French Street Farms business. That means shoveling compost, seeding, transplanting, weeding, watering, and harvesting, but it ALSO means helping at market stands, helping conduct our farm workshops, helping to make pickles for our pickle club, and potentially helping with deliveries as well. We expect that our interns will find niches for themselves within the business, based on their strengths and interests and specific availability, but there shouldn’t be any part of the business they are unwilling or unable to help with. At least initially, our interns will be cross-trained in all areas.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old. There is no maximum age; this opportunity is not limited to college students! You just need to be able to do the physical work, which can be tough. Farm work can be really monotonous! It requires a good back and good knees. It can be a great workout! Our interns cannot be afraid of working hard, breaking a sweat, and getting covered in dirt. If that sounds like you, we don’t care if you are 18 or 50!
We are looking for people who can work 10-15 hours per week, mid-August through mid-November. We anticipate needing help Friday afternoons/evenings, Saturday mornings and some weeks also Saturday afternoons/evenings, Sundays, and Monday evenings. You don’t have to be available ALL of those windows of time, but the more flexibility you have, the better. Some weekends we have to make pickles, some weekends we have to deliver pickles. Every Friday we harvest for CSA deliveries Saturday morning. Sometimes we have a market on Sunday to harvest for on Saturday, sometimes we have a workshop on Monday to prep for on Sunday. No two weeks will be exactly alike! A certain amount of flexibility is required, as is a roll-with-the-punches attitude. But you could definitely do this internship while also working full-time somewhere else, or while attending college.
Our interns must have reliable transportation. A willingness to occasionally assist with deliveries would be ideal, but is not required. While the internship is not paid, if you do assist with deliveries you will be reimbursed for the mileage at the federal rate.
Farm or garden/growing experience would be awesome! But it’s not 100% required. Enthusiasm for what we are doing is the most important qualification, and an eagerness to learn.
Does this sound like a good fit for you? The application period is now open, but not for long! We will be accepting applications until midnight, next Friday, August 2nd. We will then conduct interviews the week of August 5th, and our interns will ideally start working the week of August 12th. We expect the fall internship to run just about three months, ending the week before Thanksgiving. Ready to apply?