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Position: Environmental Farm Intern
Type: full-time, 35 hours/week 
Dates: starting in April, for 6 months to 1 year
Organization: Earthwise Society 
Location:
 Agassiz, near Chilliwack, Lower Mainland BC

Earthwise Society is a not-for-profit environmental education that operates organic teaching farms in Tsawwassen and Agassiz BC. We have an exciting opportunity at our Agassiz location for a recent graduate interested in small scale organic farming, sustainable land use and building systems, and on-site water management. The Environmental Farm Intern will play a key role in farming operations and contribute to the long term goal of developing Earthwise Agassiz as a community educational and destination learning resource. :

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Carry out farming operations for an established one-acre certified organic teaching farm, including field preparation, field maintenance, irrigation, harvesting and post harvest handling of crops
  2. Participate in organic soil management including on site composting, crop rotation, and cover cropping
  3. Assist with marketing, including CSA, farm gate and restaurant sales, famer’s markets and agri-tourism initiatives
  4. Assist with sustainable building initiatives including cob oven construction
  5. Participate in projects to enhance habitat values of riparian and wetland areas adjacent to the farm, including leading local work teams of volunteers in invasive species removal and tree planting
  6. Assist in the development and delivery of educational programs
  7. Assist with the establishment and revitalization of perennial food crops on site as a first step in the establishment of a food forest education centre
  8. Maintain plantings within ecological demonstration garden featuring native, woodland, and pollinator plants
  9. Maintain overall site appearance as a destination learning resource including trail maintenance and development
  10. Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Post-secondary graduation in an environmental field, preferably within the past three years

  • Knowledge and understanding of sustainable horticultural practices; personal experience growing food an asset

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills

  • Enjoyment of outdoor physical work

  • Knowledge of basic carpentry skills

  • Must be a permanent resident of Canada

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

This is a full time position, 35 hours per week located, in Agassiz BC, starting in April, for 6 months to 1 year. Weekend work will be required. To apply, please send resume with cover letter to pfleming@earthwisesociety.bc.ca by March 25, 2019.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 4 2019    ID: 51799