Intern at Loutet Farm
We are not looking simply for labourers, but for people keen to learn as much as they can about running a successful urban farming operation.
Our hope is that our volunteer interns will leave the program feeling confident that they have a solid base of understanding in how to run a small urban farm operation.
Become an Intern
- March – October
- 8 hours (1 day) a week (day is flexible, but must be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday)
- Must be able to attend 1 market per month (Wed. afternoon or Sat morning, May-October)
- Access to produce
- Field prep/planning: compost and soil management, season extension, crop rotation
- Seeding/propagation: direct seeding, seedling starting and maintenance, transplanting
- Crop maintenance: pruning, thinning, weed and pest management
- Harvesting and post-harvest preparation
- Marketing produce and managing a farm market
- Community outreach and events
- Flower harvest and arranging for market
What We’re Looking For
- Self-motivated and passionate about growing food in the city
- Willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions
- Good communication skills
- Attention to detail
- Respectful, compassionate and a team player
- Able to perform repetitive, physical labour
- Lived experience as a non-binary, trans, and/or BIPOC person
- Experience working with diverse volunteers
- Basic horticultural or construction skills
- Experience with outdoor/experiential education
- Physically fit and able to squat, bend and lift at least 40lbs
How to Apply
Please send a brief letter (max 500 words) outlining the following:
- Relevant experience
- Skills that you will bring to the team
- What you hope to gain from such an internship experience
- Specific interests or topics that you would like to learn more about
Send email to email@example.com with the subject line “Internship”.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. All shortlisted candidates will be required to fulfill an interview and complete a Criminal Record Check. We recruit interns in February and March.
We look forward to your application!
Reference letters available upon completion of internship.
“[The Farm Coordinator] offered endless insights and remained approachable and courteous throughout the whole learning process. Anyone who wants to work in sustainable food production, and who desires a deeper understanding of food systems, should consider this program.”
– Bernadette, 2019 Intern
“I feel like almost everything I did on the farm was a highlight. Even biking up and seeing people bending over and working the rows before I knew what I’d be doing for the day just gave me this delicious sense of anticipation. I loved working with people who were so eager to learn and work with the earth, loved how excited people were at the vegetables we loaded into their baskets at market, loved looking at the freshly weeded carrot patch, loved the mixed smell of rain and garlic.”
– Sadie, 2020 Intern