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Agricultural Internships

Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm

Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm is a family farm in operation since 2003.  It’s located north of Ottawa, IL on the banks of Indian Creek.  We are a diversified, small scale, livestock grazing operation that integrates poultry, pork and beef.  Our market is primarily Chicago and its suburbs.  We sell our meat through CSA memberships and farmer’s markets.

Job responsibilities will primarily consist of daily care of animals, including feeding, watering and moving.  Projects planned for this year that will provide great learning opportunities include building ­animal shelters and installing/maintaining high tensile fence.  Depending on the individual, responsibilities may include CSA deliveries and/or Farmer’s Market staffing.  A successful candidate will be energetic, willing to learn, physically capable (lift 50 lbs) and able to work in all (safe) weather conditions.  A driver’s license is strongly preferred.  

Position will be from May – October, 30-40 hours/week, some weekends required.  Compensation will include housing and food (meat & veggies from our garden) along with a stipend. Education includes on farm training, participation in CRAFT field days, and green farmers networking and events.  Candidate is encouraged to pursue additional projects of interest, with farmer’s approval.  (Additional projects could include cost share/profit share beekeeping, produce, or additional animal projects.)

Please send letter of interest, including relevant experience and two references (phone & email) to: cdrvalleyfarm[at]gmail[dot]com.  Include “Apprenticeship 2014” in the subject line. 

Jody & Beth Osmund
Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm CSA
1985 N. 3609th Road
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-431-9544

815-993-3387 (cell)
cdrvalleyfarm[at]gmail[dot]com

www.cedarvalleysustainable.com

Diversity Farms, Inc.

Diversity Farms, Inc. is a private natural resource consulting and management business. The business works with private landowners, business, organizations, and agencies to enhance native prairie, woodlands and wetlands. The business is located in southern Carroll County, near Dedham, Iowa. Intern Duties would be to help with prairie burns, planting prairie seed, collecting prairie seed, cleaning prairie seed, removal of alien weeds from prairie areas, and removal of woody species from prairies. Educational opportunities would be to learn the technique and function of prescribed burns, prairie and weed species identification, prairie restoration and reconstruction techniques, exotic weed and woody species control techniques, and the business of land management, prairie restoration, and prairie seed sales.

For further information, please contact Jon Judson; 25494 320th Street; Dedham, Iowa 51440. Phone: (712) 683-5555. Email: diversityfarms[at]iowatelecom[dot]net.

Living History Farms

Living History Farms, a non-profit, historical, educational, outdoor museum, connects visitors of all ages to the history of agriculture and rural life. Situated on 500 acres, Living History Farms provides summer internships for up to 25 college students. Interns earn six hours of tuition-free history credit for their work, while receiving valuable experience working at a museum and an hourly wage. Living History Farms pays all tuition costs associated with the summer internship program. Credit is offered through the History Department of Graceland University and at the conclusion of the internship students may transfer the credit hours to their own program. Summer interns work as historical interpreters or as day camp counselors. Application deadline is February 15th each year.

For more information, please see the Living History Farms’ web page at www.lhf.org/internships.html, or call 515-278-5286.

One Step at a Time Gardens

One Step at a Time Gardens, located in southern Hancock County, provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the value of local food first hand from the workings of a direct market farm. One Step at a Time Gardens has space for two interns this summer. Both interns will be involved with a wide range of the farm’s operation – from vegetable planting and harvest to marketing and managing the farm’s pastured poultry flocks and more. Both Jan and Tim are heavily involved in local food and sustainable agriculture organization at regional and state level. The farm has hosted interns since 2003 and developed an effective mix of hands-on experience and focused discussion and introduction to resources and networking.

Apply: Send resume with three references and a cover letter listing your goals for the internship to Jan and Tim at the above address or email.

For more information, please contact the Supervisor: Jan Libbey and Tim Landgraf; 1465 120 th St., Kanawha, IA 50447. Phone: 515-851-1690 - E-mail: libland[at]peconet[dot]net

Mustard Seed Community Farm
Summer interns at our 11 acre Catholic Worker farm will learn about and participate in all farm activities and be able to create individual opportunities if desired. Ethically-minded food production and distribution, land use and community building comprise our primary identity and mission. With organic and sustainable methods, we grow a diverse variety of vegetables and other foods, like fruits, eggs and honey, for distribution to local food donation needs, volunteer workers and paying members in roughly 3 equal proportions. Land stewardship activities include prairie restoration, cover cropping and permaculture-inspired practices.  We promote community interaction directly through weekly public potlucks and discussions, among other events. Living on the farm, interns will be a vital part of daily life and the farm team, playing a direct part in consensus decision making. We are also involved in natural building projects on the farm. Plenty of learning, working and fun will be close at hand at our rustic rural Iowa location. We are near Ames, in Boone County. More about our farm can be found at mustardseedfarm.org.

Nate Kemperman

Mustard Seed Community Farm

366 W Ave

Ames IA 50014

515-231-2002

natekemperman[at]hotmail[dot]com

The Land Institute

The Land Institute, an independent environmental NGO, is developing new, perennial grain crops to make it easier for future farmers to conserve soil, energy and biodiversity. Seasonal research-assistants play an important role in our plant breeding, agroecology and soil science research. Positions are available year round and involve a mix of field labor (often in extreme heat/sun/wind), farm machinery operation, greenhouse work and (often repetitive) laboratory/data procedures. The exact mix depends on the time of year and an applicant’s skills and experience.

For general information, contact The Land Institute; 2440 E. Water Well Road; Salina, KS 67401. Phone: (785)823-5376. Fax: (785)823-8728. E-mail: Development[at]LandInstitute[dot]org. To arrange an internship or to apply for a seasonal position, please contact David Van Tassel (vantassel[at]landinstitute[dot]org).

Environmental Opportunities

Center for Great Plains Studies

Center for Great Plains Studies, chartered in 1976 by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, serves to foster the study of people and the environment in the sparsely populated Great Plains. A region with highly variable climate, the Great Plains encompasses the area stretching westward from the Missouri River at Omaha and Kansas City to the Rocky Mountains, and northward from the Texas panhandle invites inquiry into the relationships between the environment and the cultures brought to it by its various inhabitants, as well as the implications of these relationships for the future.

For more information, please contact Center For Great Plains Studies; P.O. Box 880314; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Lincoln, NE 68588-0314. Phone: (402)-472-3082. Fax: (402) 472-0463. E-mail: cgps[at]unl[dot]edu.

Chicago Wilderness Society

TITLE: Restoration Intern
SUPERVISOR: Restoration Intern Supervisor in cooperation with Audubon
LOCATION: Forest preserves in Cook County, Illinois

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Restoration Interns are needed for the management and restoration of wetlands, prairies, savannas and woodlands in the 68,000 acres of Cook County orest preserves. Interns will work on a variety of projectsdeveloped in collaboration with Audubon and Forest Preserve District staff and volunteer MasterStewards. Interns conduct brush and weed management by using a wide variety of tools including backpack herbicide sprayers, chainsaws, and hand tools. They may also assist with seed gathering, seed planting and controlled burns. Interesting, educational, and challenging work outdoors. Applicants must have a commitment to conservation, strong work ethic and ability to work productively as member of a small team. A great way to learn natural areas management, during the summer season though preference will be given to experienced candidates and those able to work through the fall burn season in November.

Full-time, seasonal positions. Season runs late May through the end of November. There is some flexibility in the start and end dates (please specify availability in cover letter). $8.00 to $10.00/Hour depending on experience.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:

  • Experience or ability to quickly learn to safely use basic maintenance tools, including chainsaw.
  • Ability to quickly study and pass Illinois herbicide operator test.
  • Ability to follow instructions and make independent decisions appropriately.

COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS:

  • May have occasional contact with members of the public visiting the preserve.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive, productive small team.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT:

  • Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, outdoors, in all weather conditions and ondifficult terrain while maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including some weekend days, if needed.

Please include brief cover letter (including a statementregarding availability), resume, and job references.

Audubon and the Forest Preserve District are equal opportunity employers.

For more infomation, please contact: Justin Pepper, Deputy Director; jpepper[at]audubon[dot]org; Audubon – Chicago Region; 1718 Sherman Ave #210; Evanston, IL 60201; Fax: 847/328-4146

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

We seek two outstanding Grinnell College upper class undergraduate students in cultural anthropology, environmental anthropology, or environmental studies to assist with an ongoing research project at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri during summer 2015. Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, a community of approximately 50 people governed by a representative democracy, village council process on 280 acres of collectively held land, was founded in the mid-1990s and aims to grow to a community of 500 to 1000 people demonstrating models of sustainable living. The research, with data collection ongoing since summer 2013, is designed to assist the community in assessing their progress toward their goals of developing ecologically sustainable and socially rewarding lives while also teaching and inspiring others about the models they are creating.

Selected students will spend six weeks to three months during the summer living in the ecovillage and assisting the research team in data collection. During this time, the students will be under the supervision of Joshua Lockyer, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Arkansas Tech University, and Brooke Jones, MA. After completing the first full season of data collection on this project as a Master’s degree student in Applied Anthropology at the University of North Texas, Brooke currently serves as a research coordinator for Dancing Rabbit’s educational nonprofit organization and will be present throughout the summer. Dr. Lockyer has been working with Dancing Rabbit since 2009, is Principle Investigator on the project, and will visit several times during the summer. Student interns and their home academic institution will be responsible for their own expenses and should be comfortable living away from home in an unconventional setting that will include an isolated rural environment, regular social interaction, communal eating arrangements, a lack of flush toilets, and possible outdoor accommodations.

Possible research activities will include, but not be limited to, collection and weighing of personal and community trash, collection and compilation of existing data records within the community, communication with outside utility services such as the county water department and the county propane distributor to obtain records, researching ways to effectively assess food systems within the community and their ecological impact, researching other measures such as firewood usage to identify effective data collection practices, conduct in-person interviews regarding quality of life and effectiveness of education and outreach programs, compilation and analysis of data, and interview transcription. Students will gain valuable skills in community level sustainable living practices, resource sharing, applied research, participant observation, participatory action research, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, interviewing, communication, etc. The internship may be designed to be taken for credit in cooperation with Dr. Jon Andelson at Grinnell College.

Interested students should send a short letter of application outlining applicable experiences and reasons for being interested in the project, a resume, unofficial undergraduate transcripts, and one letter of recommendation to: Dr. Jon Andelson, Dr. Joshua Lockyer, and Brooke Jones no later than December 15, 2014.

 

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Diversity Farms, Inc.

Diversity Farms, Inc. is a private natural resource consulting and management business. The business works with private landowners, business, organizations, and agencies to enhance native prairie, woodlands and wetlands. The business is located in southern Carroll County, near Dedham, Iowa. Intern Duties would be to help with prairie burns, planting prairie seed, collecting prairie seed, cleaning prairie seed, removal of alien weeds from prairie areas, and removal of woody species from prairies. Educational opportunities would be to learn the technique and function of prescribed burns, prairie and weed species identification, prairie restoration and reconstruction techniques, exotic weed and woody species control techniques, and the business of land management, prairie restoration, and prairie seed sales. 

For further information, please contact Jon Judson; 25494 320th Street; Dedham, Iowa 51440. Phone: (712) 683-5555. Email: diversityfarms[at]iowatelecom[dot]net.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) is looking for bright, talented, college students seeking a paid summer internship that offers experience maintaining and restoring natural landscapes all across Iowa!

INHF is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects Iowa's land, water and wildlife "for those who follow." Since our founding in 1979, INHF has protected more than 100,000 acres throughout the state. Many of these sites are now popular state and county parks, nature trails and wildlife areas. By protecting Iowa's land, INHF protects our wildlife habitat, water quality, recreational opportunities and quality of life. 

For more information, please contact Laurie Fenimore, Internship Coordinator. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; 505 Fifth Avenue, Suite 444; Des Moines, IA 50309-2321; Phone: 515-288-1846; Fax: 515-288-0137; e-mail: lfenimore[at]inhf[dot]org

Iowa Valley RC&D

Iowa Valley RC&D; Summer Internship: Project Assistant.  This position is a seasonal position.

Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) corporation directed by volunteer board members. Our office is located in Amana, IA and serves the counties of; Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Linn, Poweshiek, and Tama.

Iowa Valley RC&D assists people protect and develop their economic, natural, and social resources in ways that improve their areas’ economies, environment, and quality of life. The Iowa Valley RC&D provides avenues for people to plan and implement projects that will make their communities better places to live.  Several important and resume building internship opportunities exist with our current projects.

Roadside Remnant Tour, Guidebook Series, and Rare Plants Poster Projects

The Roadside Remnant Tour project is part of an educational program focused on the celebration of the cultural and natural heritage of plants native to the six county areas of Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Linn, Poweshiek and Tama. The goal of this project is to actively inform the traveling public, so that roadsides may be equated with the preservation of our tall grass prairie heritage. The Guidebooks series includes the development of a Sportsman’s, Paddlers’, and Birders’ Guides of the Iowa and Cedar Valley region. The goal of the guidebook series is to increase awareness of the unique natural, historic, and cultural areas, as well as the many recreational, hunting, fishing, birding and eco-tourism opportunities of the region.

Job duties associated with all aspects of the implementation of these projects include but are not limited to:

Organization and transcription of written roadside inventories into digital format. Assistance with web design and updating website. Development of a database of eco-businesses. Work with ArcGIS to populate databases. Photography. Field verification of remnants and plantings. Research. Limited travel A working knowledge of ArcGIS and plants is a must for these projects. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium would be very helpful. 

For more information, please contact info[at]ivrcd[dot]org.

Other Environmental Internship Resources
Powersheik County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)

The Poweshiek County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), with sponsorship from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship- Division of Soil Conservation (IDALS-DSC), will hire an intern to work at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) service center located at 1211 Old 6 Road, Malcom, IA 50157.  Employment will be for the summer of 2014 for a maximum of 480 hours (maximum of 40 hours per week).  It will be a paid internship at the rate of $10/hr. 

Duties include writing up a conservation award winner application, taking pictures, assisting with survey and layout of conservation practices, writing news articles, conducting water monitoring, assisting with the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) eligibility determinations, planning a field day, and assisting Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff with other projects both in the office and in the field.

The intern will be required to attend an intern meeting, complete a special project, and develop a “wrap up” presentation for the SWCD commissioners about their experiences as an intern.

Applicants must be enrolled in college or be a recent graduate majoring in a field of study related to agriculture, conservation, engineering, construction trades, GIS, communications, public relations, or urban planning.  Applications are due by March 14, 2014.  To apply, send a resume showing work experience to Poweshiek County SWCD, 1211 Old 6 Road, Malcom, IA 50157 or to greg.townley[at]ia.usda[dot]gov.

For more information about this intern position, contact Greg Townley at the Poweshiek County NRCS Office at 641-528-2065 Ext 3.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Historical Internships

Amana Heritage Society

Amana Heritage Society, established in 1968, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Amana's historical and cultural heritage for members of the Amana community, their descendants, and interested visititors. The Society operates the Museum of Amana History, where artifacts, books, photographs, and documents of Amana's past and present are preserved and displayed. Amana was settled in 1855 by German religious separatists who lived communally until 1932. The community is also a major tourist destination.

For more information, please contact Lanny Haldy at the Amana Heritage Society; P.O. Box 81; Amana, IA 52203. Phone: (319) 622-3567. E-mail: amherit[at]juno[dot]com.

Herbert Hoover Library

Herbert Hoover Library is the principal archive for the presidential papers of Herbert Hoover. It also houses the Rose Ingalls Wilder archive. The library offers experience in archival arrangement, description and preservation. Interns will study with a veteran archivist in one of the finest archival programs in the country. Starting and ending dates for summer interns are negotiable. A personal interview is required. Applicants need to send: a brief letter indicating why you are interested in a career in archival management, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with your qualifications, and a resume.

For an appointment, please contact: Matthew Schaefer. Phone: (319) 643-5301. E-mail: matthew.schaefer[at]nara[dot]gov.

Living History Farms

Living History Farms, a non-profit, historical, educational, outdoor museum, connects visitors of all ages to the history of agriculture and rural life. Situated on 500 acres, Living History Farms provides summer internships for up to 25 college students. Interns earn six hours of tuition-free history credit for their work, while receiving valuable experience working at a museum and an hourly wage. Living History Farms pays all tuition costs associated with the summer internship program. Credit is offered through the History Department of Graceland University and at the conclusion of the internship students may transfer the credit hours to their own program. Summer interns work as historical interpreters or as day camp counselors. Application deadline is February 15th each year.

For more information, please see the Living History Farms’ web page atwww.lhf.org/internships.html, or call 515-278-5286.     

Public Affairs Internships

Center for Rural Affairs

The Center's evolving organizing, outreach, and communications efforts are creating new opportunities for our work to bring rural issues to a broader audience. Interested interns could work on website design, website content development, new media development, online outreach, paper and electronic newsletter design, outreach materials, constituent management, and other activities. We may have more than one intern in this area. Each intern is not expected to master all the activities listed above.

Faith Based Organizing on Rural and/or Sustainable Agriculture Issues

The Rural Response Committee of the Nebraska Methodist Conference is sponsoring an intern to work at the Center on on faith-based organizing around issues important to rural people. An interested applicant will be asked to help develop a work plan that interests them, fits with current work at the Center and revolves around faith. The work is non-denominational. For more information on some of our previous work, check out the Sowing the Seeds Ministry.

Rural Research & Analysis - Biofuels and Health care Reform Our research staff are undertaking new initiatives in the areas of biofuel production and health care reform. Both are emerging issues that will have potential broad-reaching impacts for rural people, rural communities, rural small businesses and family farmers and ranchers. Interns may work on one or both issue depending on needs and interests.

If interested in applying, we need three things from each of you.

  • Please indicate which of the opportunities you may be interested in. You may indicate more than one.
  • Please also indicate the time period(s) during which you are interested in undertaking your internship (for example, from June 1 - August 15th). Fall dates may work as well.
  • Please along a resume and brief letter indicating your interests.