Farm Apprenticeship at Zenger Farm


Company: Zenger Farm
Location: 11741 SE Foster Rd
Compensation: $16/hour paid monthly, 1 full CSA share
Employment Type: Internship / Apprentice
Job Categories: Agriculture, Nonprofit
Region: Portland Area
Date Posted: January 18, 2024

How to Apply

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Time Commitment

● April 1st – November 14th, Monday – Thursday, 8-10 hours/day
● Approximately 16 hours over the entire season to attend other programming at Zenger Farm including
community events, field trips, etc.

Responsibilities

  • Field work: Most field work at Zenger Farm is done with hand tools, and includes seeding, amending, transplanting, weeding, irrigating, trellising, pruning, season extension, pest management, harvesting, hauling and washing produce for sale.
  • Machinery: Operate and maintain a weed whacker, flame-weeding, 2-wheel tractor (BCS) with various implements, and rare use of a chainsaw.
  • Rotating responsibilities in all aspects of our farming operation, such as management of the propagation greenhouse, irrigation, and field preparation; leading planting, harvest, wash and pack; supervising short-season interns and volunteer work parties; staffing CSA pickup and writing newsletters; driving the farm van during restaurant deliveries; and, toward the end of the apprenticeship, a two-week rotation leading the entire crew in all field work.

Qualifications  

  • A strong commitment to the mission of Zenger Farm.
  • Demonstrated interest in farming.
  •  Intention to maintain continued involvement in the agricultural community by engaging in farm work or
    the development of a small farm business.
  •  Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds, farm outdoors in all weather conditions including heat, cold and rain to
    perform the above responsibilities.
  •  Ability to endure prolonged periods of physical activity, including walking, standing, squating, and
    repetitive tasks
  •  Attitude: Positive, driven, flexible and team-oriented.
  •  Current regular driver’s license.
  •  We will perform a background check and address any issues on a case-by-case basis – no one should feel
    discouraged from applying.
  •  We cannot help with visas or work permits for this program.

Benefits

  • $16/hour paid monthly
  • 1 full CSA share
  • If housing is a barrier for you to participate in the program, please indicate so when you submit the application.

Zenger Farm provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, handicap, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, in accordance with applicable federal laws.