Farm Apprenticeship Fort Hill Farm
- Date Posted October 02, 2017
- Location New Milford, CT
- Category Agriculture
- Job Type Internship/Apprentice
Full season apprenticeships are available at the farm each growing season, from the last Monday in March through the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Applications are accepted year round; fall is a great time to apply.
Apprentices participate in all aspects of crop production, including planting, cultivating, harvesting, market sales, and CSA distribution. Practical training in organic crops and overall farm management is offered. Our goal is to give apprentices the opportunity to learn the skills they will need to manage their own farm. In addition, Fort Hill Farm is a member of CRAFT of Western Connecticut. Apprentices will have the opportunity for monthly visits to area farms, to tour the farm and hear about that farmer’s area of expertise (see http://westernctcraft.weebly.com for more info).
Apprentices who complete a growing season at Fort Hill Farm may apply for a Grower position on the farm for a second season. Growers take on higher level farm management tasks such as managing work crews, harvests, greenhouse production, and farmers markets, as well as more skilled farm operations such as seeding and spraying.
Previous farm experience is helpful but not essential. However, we suggest applicants work or volunteer on a production farm for at least one month before applying for a full season apprenticeship, preferably over the summer months. The position requires a desire and ability to do outdoor, physical work in all kinds of weather, a sincere interest in farming, and a drive to learn more about it.
Work schedule varies over the season, generally five and a half days a week, 45 to 50 hours per week in peak season. Work weeks are shorter in early spring and late fall.
Apprentices are paid an hourly wage of $10.50 per hour for farm labor and on the job training. We pay overtime for hours worked over 40 per week. Craft visits and other on-farm educational opportunities are not paid. Apprentices can choose to live next door to the farm at an affordable rent, or search for their own housing. Apprentices completing the full season earn a $500 year end bonus. Compensation this position is PAID: hourly, under $15/hr How to apply