Schoolyard Farm Internship

This volunteer opportunity allows participants to take part in growing and harvesting food on a community engaged farm. Our innovative Schoolyard Farms, the first of their kind in Canada, provide an opportunity to interact with a diversity of individuals through food. Interns will gain hands-on experience in harvesting produce, field preparation, and crop maintenance under the supervision of our Farm Manager. As interns become skilled they will be empowered to act as leaders for youth and volunteers on our farms.

How to Apply

Please send a short (500 word) cover letter and your resume in one document to jobs@freshroots.ca with your name and “Schoolyard Farm Intern” in the subject line.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and interviews will be scheduled as applications are received. Applications are due by February 28, 2017.

Learning Opportunities

  • Harvest, process, and package produce for a variety of distribution channels
  • Crop maintenance: transplant, thin, weed, and manage pests
  • Field preparation: bed amendment, bed creation, and season extension
  • Youth and community empowerment

Internship Details

  • March 6, 2017 – November 10, 2017
  • Fifteen hours per week with opportunities for more shifts
  • Scheduled activities vary depending on the time of year and day of the week
  • Access to produce
  • Credit is available through partnerships with University of British Columbia and Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • $200 stipend / month
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We are seeking individuals who:

  • are eager to learn the basics of growing and harvesting food on a community-engaged farm
  • are excited to interact with youth and make a positive impact in the community
  • have a desire to work hard in all types of weather
  • are able to take direction and act as a leader to carry out specific tasks
  • are team players with a sense of humour and patience
  • practice good communication skills
  • are physically fit and able to carry out a variety of tasks that involve bending, squatting, and lifting
  • will pass a criminal record check

Equipment Needed:

  • Rain gear
  • Rubber boots
  • Water bottle

What is it like to be a Schoolyard Farm Intern?

Read a season’s worth of experiences from Jenny, a former Fresh Roots Intern, on our blog.