Organic Seed Alliance Field Intern
Position Type: Seasonal position from April-November 2022, flexible start and end dates
Hours: One position @ 32 hours/week (prefer 4, 8-hr workdays)
Compensation: $15 per hour, eligible for paid time off
Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) invites applications from diverse candidates as we seek field interns to support our mission work and help transform the food system starting with seed. As a part of the WA Research and Education team you will play a vital role in OSA’s work to grow organic seed systems that are democratic and just, support human and environmental health, and deliver genetically diverse and regionally adapted seed to farmers everywhere. As we work with diverse farmers and program partners from across the country your efforts to create an inclusive and individualized experience in our educational trainings is crucial to supporting the community we engage in the co-creation of ethical seed systems and resources. In addition to growing our educational impacts your assistance in conducting field research enables our team to share improved seeds, expand seed knowledge, and demonstrate participatory research models to bring broad benefit to the success of ecological and ethical food and farming systems.
This position is an opportunity to learn seed growing and seed research skills through an online seed production course and applied on-farm internship position at the OSA WA Research Farm in Chimacum, WA. No prior seed growing experience is required, though basic gardening and farming skills are encouraged. The primary responsibility of this position is to support daily field operations at the OSA Washington research farm at the Finnriver Orchard and Cidery in Chimacum, WA, and on-farm research sites in WA. In addition to the wage compensation this position will receive hands on education in plant breeding, variety trials, and seed production. You will be expected to participate in an online seed production course, spending time outside of work hours to read, reflect, and complete assignments. Monthly online meetings for the course, time to work through curriculum and course work questions and issues as they arise, and taking trips to visit neighboring farms participating in the organic seed curriculum and internship program will be covered as hourly work time. This position works directly day to day with OSA’s NW Research and Education Associate and the Research Farm Field Assistant.
To learn more about the internship program, online course and OSA host farm please visit: https://seedalliance.org/seed-internship-program-organic-seed-production-course/
Responsibilities and Scope of Work (including but not limited to):
- General field work and cultivation – seeding, planting, field preparation, irrigation, weed and fertility management, and harvesting
- Assist in record keeping and documentation of supplies, seed sources, and field activities
- Participating in trial evaluations, harvests and data collection and summarizing
- Harvesting, cleaning, germination testing, tracking, and storage of all seed produced at the research farm
- Participate in and support outreach and educational activities both on and off the farm
- Assist in general organizational and maintenance tasks (both in the field and in the office)
Contribute to farm safety, systems improvement, team building and feedback opportunities
- Assist with field visits and events with partnering organizations and supporters
- Work outdoors in all weather conditions and ability to lift at least 50 pounds
Please email a resume and letter of interest to Laurie McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your letter should address your prior experience in farming and seed work (if you have any – not required!) and share why you are interested in pursuing this internship position. We will begin contacting applicants and scheduling interviews in mid-February.