learn to farm.
Residential Intern Program
Our Residential Intern Program is open to individuals of 18 years and above, and so far we have hosted Interns ranging from 18-56 years of age. Interns work 18 hours per week in exchange for fully furnished living quarters: a private bedroom with shared living room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry facilities and Internet access.
As a Residential Intern, you will learn as many farming skills as we can teach you—caring for the animals and their habitats; planning, planting and harvesting produce in our gardens, hoop house and green house; helping with our CSA programs; learning to use many types of small equipment; groundskeeping; tree planting; making firewood and wood chips; building & systems maintenance and repair; helping with Wellesley House operations; and more.
We require a minimum commitment through each coming August so that even if you just have a summer to spend with us, you can, but over the years a majority of our Residential Interns have stayed with us between 8-24 months. Interns are often involved in other endeavors while living and working part time with us. Here are some examples: Undergraduate or graduate students in all fields of study; students finishing master's theses; students going to school to become nutritionists; students attending UNR specifically for degrees in agriculture or other degrees through CABNR; meditation/spiritual students; professionals working at full time jobs in Carson City and Reno; and individuals working part time jobs in Carson City, Reno and surrounding areas.
Under certain circumstances we encourage Interns to specialize in areas of great interest to them. When an Intern has been with us for a number of months and shows him or herself to be dependable and responsible, with a strong work ethic, we love to mentor them in taking over tasks that foster greater vision, responsibility, and management skills. For example, some Interns have taken over management of our CSA program. Some longer term Interns have become interested in Intern management—coordinating Intern work schedules, managing projects, and/ or teaching skills to new Interns. Some Interns have wanted to become extra involved with flood irrigation, pasture management, or harvesting the grass hay. We can design Intern positions specializing in hospitality management via working closely with the historic Wellesley House group rental—thereby facilitating earned practicum and/or academic credit hours for hotel and/or resort management college degree programs; and we are open to designing positions that specialize in maintenance and repair projects that improve our buildings, fencing, underground irrigation systems, etc.. We have even seen some Interns demonstrate the required readiness for learning to operate our heavy equipment.
We love what we do here, and we love helping others learn how!
How to Apply
To apply for our Residential Intern Program, email us an introduction, any questions, and your regular mailing address. We will mail you the application paperwork the old-fashioned way, and you can return it by mail, fax, or scan and email. Our Intern application includes a residential application with background check, job history, personal and professional references, skills questionnaire, and then a personal interview either by phone or here at the farm.