Jobs and Internships

Internship Opportunities (West Springfield and Worcester, MA)

New Lands Farm interns conduct hands-on assistance to new refugee and immigrant farmers in the classroom, on our farm sites, and at various garden sites. New Lands farmers represent diverse backgrounds and skills. Interns work directly with New Lands Farm staff to offer new farmer trainings and manage agriculture production. Interns are involved in a diversity of activities associated with the program including farm management, field work, market coordination, transportation, volunteer coordination, and program development. They also have the opportunity to attend agricultural trainings, access land for personal gardening/farming, or create self-directed projects that benefit the program.

This position is unpaid. Hours and schedule are flexible based on program and interns’ needs. We accept interns for the semester, summer, or year. Long term volunteers are also welcome. We will work with your college or university to provide credit if requested.

Responsibilities: Interns support the New Lands Farm staff, farmers and gardeners in a variety of ways. Examples include the following:

  • Researching and ordering equipment, tools, seeds, supplies
  • Conducting field tasks, such as preparing new beds, planting, harvesting, maintaining/building infrastructure
  • Establishing new urban gardens
  • Organizing trainings and field trips for farmers
  • Planning and organizing farm events and volunteer days
  • Researching field production challenges, such as diseases or irrigation improvements
  • Overseeing harvest, post-harvest handling and preparation for market
  • Attending farmers’ markets and assisting with deliveries
  • Contributing to New Lands Farm website and social media outlets
  • Documenting project and farmers’ season through photos, video and/or written word

  • Demonstrate background in growing food, promoting local agriculture
  • Previous vegetable field work and market crop production experience a plus
  • Comfortable interacting with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to work in adverse weather conditions and lift 50 pounds
  • Driver’s license necessary and personal vehicle preferred
  • Team player who can work independently as needed
  • Strong record keeping, organization and computer skills
  • Bi-lingual language skills (Kirundi, Nepali, or Swahili) highly sought

If interested, please forward your resume and cover letter to Program Manager Alba Torres.  Positions are available throughout the year and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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