Contact informationFarm Address:
216 Wachusett Street
Rutland, Massachusetts, 13485
Primary Contact: Heather Packard
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Heifer International is a nonprofit organization who mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Heifer Farm is an educational center and working farm where groups come to learn about hunger and poverty in the world and how they can help make a difference. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/heifercenters Webpage: www.heifer.org/volunteer
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: ASAP
Internship Ends: 16-Dec-16
Number of Internship Available: 6
Application Deadline: until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 3+ months
“FARM HAND INTERN DUTIES:
1. Lead and facilitate tours, education activities and programs with participants as scheduled.
2. Assist with a combination of farm work including: livestock care, maintenance & repairs, forage management, grounds-keeping, janitorial, and construction.
3. Oversee service projects with program participants and assist with education activities / programs as skill and interest permits.
4. Learn the basic information about issues of hunger and poverty, the mission of Heifer International, and link Heifer Farm programs to Heifer International?s work around the world.
5. Perform other tasks as interests and needs dictate.
Educational Opportunities: Learn livestock management skills and daily care tasks. Learn farm maintenance skills including farm equipment. Learn about Heifer International's work around the world to end hunger and how to facilitate field trips that teach visitors about Heifer.
Skills Desired: "1. Willingness and ability to learn and facilitate Heifer Farm?s experiential education tours and programs to diverse (gender, ethnic, age, religion, etc.) groups of program participants. 2. Ability to assist in all farm work associated with Heifer Farm's livestock, maintenance, construction, and janitorial as needed. 3. Knowledge or willingness to learn skills in: livestock husbandry, facility maintenance, small engine / equipment maintenance, machine and equipment operation, construction, grounds maintenance, forage management including hay harvest, fence construction, and any other general farm skills (experience desired, especially in livestock husbandry, but not necessary). 4. Good interpersonal & communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively with a wide range of people. 5. Willingness to supervise groups of participants while performing work projects & farm chores. 6. Willing to work outdoors during inclement weather. 7. Willingness & ability to share housing (including room) with a diverse group of other Heifer Farm volunteers & participate in the household community including housekeeping chores. 8. Willingness to be cross-trained and assist in other farm areas when needed."
Meals: In season fresh garden vegetables and leftovers from program participant meals are provided to volunteers whenever possible. The stipends provided are to cover food expenses.
Stipend: "Cost of Living Reimbursement Stipend of $196 per two-week stipend period; On-site, communal-style housing provided; Access to farm vehicles for local transportation; Access to free health insurance through MassHealth if needed; Heifer Gift Shop discount during term of active service."
Housing: Free shared housing is provided.
Preferred method of Contact: Email or Phone