Through a partnership with the Southeastern New England Educational and Charitable Foundation (SNEC), the Westerly Land Trust is seeking a locally-based farm intern for Summer 2022. This is a paid internship.
SNEC has partnered with colleges to encourage experiential learning in environmental conservation through an arrangement with Westerly Land Trust. Applying college students have worked with the Westerly Land Trust (WLT) as interns for the past several years, assisting the organization with projects and activities in Environmental Conservation and other related tasks. This is the first year a farm internship is being made available.
The Westerly Land Trust/Sustainable Farming Intern
This intern will assist with the three sustainable farms and farmers located at the WLT Barlow Property in Westerly, RI. The intern will participate in a diverse set of tasks relating to sustainable farming, land use and stewardship, and agricultural education. This internship will provide exposure and experience to the field of sustainable agriculture and ethical farming practices, enhancing the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends. The candidate will assist the farmers in all aspects of their farming activities, including planting, watering, weeding, maintenance and harvesting. The intern will also assist WLT with community engagement and education through the weekly Farmers Market, agricultural education programs, and farm tours.
- Minimum of one year of college, with preference to students working towards a degree in environmental science, agriculture, biology, education, or a related field.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Comfortable working outside
- Comfortable working with a diverse group of people
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- A valid driver’s license
The WLT will be the director of intern activities. Grant amount for the student intern depends on the length of the internship as determined by the WLT but is expected to be 20-25 hours per week for ten weeks during the summer of 2022 and will be up to $5,000. If materials are required by the intern and are not provided by the WLT, a stipend of up to $500 may be granted. Intern housing is not included. Commuting expenses are not included but a stipend, not to exceed $500, may be granted for personal travel on WLT business. This stipend will require documentation and will be paid at the conclusion of the internship.
How to Apply
Application Deadline: 5:00pm EST on Friday April 23, 2022
Notification Date: Friday April 30, 2022
The applicant for the internship must submit the following application materials in PDF or MS Word format:
- Westerly Land Trust Internship Application Form
- Student’s Statement of Experience and Interest
- Describe your activities and studies in the general area of Environmental Conservation. Include specific experiences that may relate to the specific internship.
Note: Recipients must be prepared to complete a concise but comprehensive report to the Foundation at the completion of the project as well as a brief mid-project progress report. Invitations for the Foundation representatives to observe relevant project milestones are required and encouraged.
Your completed application or any questions about the specifics of the internship may be directed to Jennifer Fusco, Westerly Land Trust, (401)315-2610, [email protected]