The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking an urban farmer or gardener to work 20 hours per week on NCAT’s SIFT Farm. SIFT stands for Small Scale Intensive Farm Training program. The one and a half acre farm serves as a training ground for intensive farming in the high elevation cold climate. The farm, is an educational model for people of all ages to learn how foods grow, how to raise ecologically sound crops without chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides and how to keep farmland healthy for future generations. There is also a small chicken coop with laying hens. This is a wonderful opportunity for a student interested in farming or gardening who would like to try small scale sustainable farming. The farm is located right in the city of Butte and you will have the opportunity to work with our team of professional agriculture specialists with a wealth of knowledge on producing sustainable crops and livestock. NCAT is a private non-profit corporation whose work includes nationally recognized projects in food, agriculture, and energy such as ATTRA, the national sustainable agriculture information service. The position is located at the NCAT office in Butte, Montana.
Qualification, Skills and Abilities: The internship is available to a qualified currently enrolled high school or college student. The successful candidate will need to have good written and verbal communication skills, and an interest or background in sustainable technologies. The successful applicant will also need to interact with the public and NCAT staff in a professional manner. The ability to work independently and to manage multiple tasks is required.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The intern will work with the SIFT Farm coordinator to build on past years’ efforts to continue to develop and maintain a commercially viable farm to be used for educational purposes. He or she will be involved in the day-to- day operations of the farm. Responsibilities for the position may include general agriculture labor on NCAT’s SIFT farm assisting with planting, cultivation, and harvesting of produce. The intern will be working with hand tools and will operate wheelbarrows, lift some objects that may be heavy, and operate roto-tillers and lawn mowers. Additionally the intern will care for poultry including feeding, watering, and moving fencing in a pastured poultry operation. Most of the work done will be outdoor work. The intern will be working closely with an NCAT Agriculture Program Specialists on a number of projects.
Application Process: Applications will be accepted through June 12, 2017 or until a suitable candidate can be identified. Early applications are encouraged and applications will be considered as they are received. All persons interested in being considered for the position must submit a cover letter highlighting their experience and skills relevant to the listed qualifications, a current resume and a completed NCAT application form. Requests for an NCAT application form and inquiries about the application process should be directed to Kriss Sullivan. Incomplete applications or reference on the application to “see resume” will not be considered. Applicants can visit our home page for a gateway to web sites and projects developed by NCAT staff. Send completed application materials to:
NCAT Human Resource Specialist
P.O. Box 3838
Butte, MT 59702
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