Jobs and Internships
Mill Crick Farm and Fourth Wave Farm are jointly managed by Lindsey Aull and Randall Mark in the Bitterroot Valley in Western Montana. We grow certified organic mixed vegetables and cut flowers on about 15 acres. Our markets are a mix of wholesale, farmers market, and a roadside farm stand. We have several high tunnels for season extension and a greenhouse for field starts and bedding plants. We also grow alfalfa hay on around 20 acres. We are currently seeking three interns for the 2018 growing season. We are also looking to fill an assistant manager position.
Internship Starts: 04-15-2019
Internship Ends: 10-15-2019
Number of Interns: 4
App Deadline: 03-15-2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 months
Meals: Meals are on your own, we provide anything grown on the farm.
Skills Desired: We are looking for individuals who enjoy working outside and have a good work ethic and attitude. We do not require prior experience on a farm but it is unlikely that we would hire someone who had not had prior experience with some form of physical outdoor labor such as landscaping or trail crew. Prior farm experience is a big plus.
Educational Opportunities: What we hope to provide through this internship is training in the skills and knowledge needed to work on/manage a farm including greenhouse management; field tillage and fertility management; equipment use and maintenance; plant production;wholistic farm planning and record-keeping. We have working relationships with several area farms and interns will have the opportunity to visit other operations & interns over the summer through a program run by the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition in Missoula.
Stipend: We provide a stipend of $800/month, housing, and food. Working the Saturday farmers market is sometimes an option and pays an extra $50 for about 4 hours. The main farmstead where interns will be living is 2 miles up a bike path to the small town of Hamilton w/standard amenities and a couple miles from the base of Mill Creek Canyon, a popular hiking and rock-climbing spot in the Bitterroots. The Bitterroot valley offers incredible outdoor recreation opportunities beyond the valley there are numerous other options to explore Montana over the summer.
Housing: Housing options available include an 18 ft tipi w/woodstove, wall-tent with wood-stove, or camper. Separate kitchen, shower and washer are shared by the interns.
Preferred method Of Contact: either
Internship Details: Two intern positions are for the full season, mid April thru mid October. One position is from June thru September, but is flexible to accommodate school scheduling. Work will include duties in the greenhouse and field, including seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, and processing/washing produce for sale. We will be working in all weather, which will vary greatly over the course of the season.
Jobs: We are hiring for an assistant manager position for which the applicant must have 2-3 years prior experience working on vegetable farms. The right applicant has experience in wholesale and retail produce standards, is self motivated, pays attention to detail, has good time management, is a proficient record keeper, and has a good attitude. During different parts of the season responsibilities will vary and a general understanding of commercial vegetable farming is necessary.
The position is salaried and pay depends on experience. Pay will be at least $16,000 for 8 months but could be more. Initially the position is from April through November but ideally would continue after that. Manager's responsibilities will include: 1) Working with field crew weeding, transplanting, irrigation, and harvest
2) Supervising operation of our farmstand: stocking and shrinking produce, keeping inventory, cleaning, caring for a 20x24 greenhouse for bedding plant sales April thru end of June.
3) Operating our booth at the Hamilton Farmers Market: setting up and take down, representing the farm and interacting with customers, having general knowledge of produce and plant starts, proficiency in adding and giving change
4) Overseeing and participating in pack house operations: being familiar with produce marketability standards,facilitating efficient washing, sorting, and packing produce for sale
5) Delivery: Doing deliveries around Western Montana. Mostly within an hour of the farm but possibly one day a week that would be all driving.