River School Farm Internship Program
Summer Internship Positions have been filled. An abbreviated 6 – week spring program is now open.
Abbreviated 6 week internship position is available. Beginning mid April to May 31st. Please contact monique (at) riverschoolfarm.org asap for more information.
The River School Farm is a venue for year-round farming, landscape development, special events and educational programs that demonstrate a holistic approach to sustainable living, bioregional design and creative expression. We grow fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs and we raise poultry, goats and keep bees. Our farm is located alongside the Truckee River where the Great Basin meets the Sierra Nevada mountains in Reno, NV. Our space serves as a venue for community events, weddings, performances and we also host a variety of classes and workshops on a regular basis. Our farming operations run year round utilizing hoop houses, low tunnels, and row covers in the colder months. We grow on our farm on site and also develop and maintain other edible gardens throughout the community of Reno.
The River School Farm internship is designed to build skills and knowledge in the practice of deep organic bio-intensive agriculture, edible landscaping, community education and outreach, and sustainable living.
Interns will be exposed to a variety of different subjects in our farm and garden operations, educational programs, special events and as residents of the River School Farm community. We have a lot of things going on here at RSF and try to give interns the opportunity to be involved in many of our different operations while also accommodating the specific areas of interest the intern would like to focus on. We are a small staff and there is a lot of hands-on training and development as part of our program. Interns are expected to take on more responsibilities as their program progresses and we encourage interns to take on special projects if they demonstrate their capability in a specific area.
Interns are actively involved with daily RSF operations and assist in the maintenance of the entire farm complex. Interns will:
- Work under the supervision of RSF staff to develop new skills and receive hands-on training.
- Carry out daily farming tasks, routine site maintenance and horticultural tasks.
- Help with special events at the farm.
- Lead visiting groups on farm tours, field trips and other special event programming.
- Assist with River School Farm’s poultry and beekeeping operations.
- Assist with all aspects of RSF operation.
- Perform farm chores in rotation with other farm interns/staff (these are in addition to RSF internship hours and include living community responsibilities like cooking, cleaning, washing dishes, etc.)
Farm work will expose interns to a broad range of farm topics including:
- crop rotation planning
- cover crops
- garden design and building
- crop harvesting, drying, storing, preserving
- soil amendments
- farm composting
- seedling production
- biological disease and pest control
- animal husbandry (chickens, ducks, bees, and goats)
- care of fruit tree, shrub fruit and grape vines
- value added product development
- making herbal and body care products
- herbal storage and preparation
- special event organization, setup and staffing
- educational programming (school groups, summer camps, assisting with workshops)
Interns are expected to work 30-35 hours/week as part of the Internship Program which is unpaid. However, all interns are expected to work an additional 2-10 hours/week as paid employees of the River School Farm ($10/hour). Paid tasks will expose interns to our landscape development division which designs, builds & maintains residential and commercial landscapes. This work provides an opportunity to gain valuable on-the job working experience in ecological landscaping. Additionally, interns will serve as site hosts at our facility when it is being rented by private parties (weddings and other events). Paid hours will vary from week to week, often including weekends, and are more frequent during the warmer months of May – September.
This position is ideal for someone who wants to gain practical work experience working in small scale urban sustainable agriculture. All interns are given housing & partial board. Additionally, interns will have frequent opportunities to work as paid employee of RSF during their internship period (2 – 10 hours/week).
Desired qualifications are:
- previous experience in farming and/or gardening
- good work ethic and highly motivated to learn
- physically fit and able to lift up to 60 pounds and work in adverse weather conditions
- attention to detail and efficiency
- creativity and love for a sustainable lifestyle
- desire to participate with children’s groups on an occasional basis
Internship housing consists of a private room with shared bathroom and kitchen. Two meals/day are prepared communally Monday-Friday. Additionally, interns will have access to fresh farm produce and community bulk foods to prepare their own meals. We typically have 2-3 interns per season.
To apply for our program, please submit an application and send your resume to Monique (at) riverschoolfarm.org. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Spring Internships will begin on March 12th and Summer Internships on June 5th. If you have questions, please contact Monique (at) riverschoolfarm.org.