Business / Organization Name: 
Hancock Shaker Village
Contact Person: 
Cindy Dickinson
Phone Number: 
Street Address: 
PO Box 927
Zip Code: 
Job Title: 
Farm and Garden Intern
Job Type: 
Paid Internship
Job Description: 
Two Farm and Garden internships are available at Hancock Shaker Village for summer 2018. The internships may be ten, twelve, or fourteen weeks (depending on availability of the intern) but must take place between May 14 and August 31, 2018. Hancock Shaker Village Interns at Hancock Shaker Village work alongside staff and volunteers at a vibrant outdoor museum and living farm in western Massachusetts. Hancock Shaker Village is a National Historic Landmark dedicated to sharing the history, legacy, and continuing relevance of the Shakers, a religious group who lived at the site from 1790 until 1960. The Village is open April through December for self-guided tours, demonstrations, and talks. The Village has 20 historic buildings and a working farm and garden. Interns contribute to the successful operation of this dynamic public site while expanding their skills in and knowledge of professional museum functions and practices. Job Description We are looking for two hard-working and energetic intern to work alongside our CSA manager as she carries out the daily operations of sustainable vegetable production on the Hancock Shaker Village Farm. The CSA garden, now in its 7th year, connects to all aspects of the Village’s operation, including its education initiatives, café and retail outlets, and development efforts. Gain invaluable experience operating a successful production garden at the heart of a public historic site, and expand your knowledge on sustainable gardening in such areas as soil health; plant fertility; weed, disease and insect ecology; specific crop rotation plans; seed orders; seed saving; planting schedules; and cover crop plans. What you will do: weed control including mulching, cultivation (tractor experience a plus but not necessary) and hand hoeing; organic pest control; plant and manage cover crops; harvest and prepare vegetables and produce for weekly CSA pick-up; and staff the CSA pick-up. In this special setting you will use both historic and modern farm tools and machinery. Because the Village also owns and manages farm animals, you will learn basic animal husbandry and participate in barn chores as needed. You will also assist with Village initiatives that present the sustainable working farm to the public, such as giving garden tours or facilitating Saturday workshops and helping with preparations for the summer fundraising Gala. To have a fuller understanding of the farm’s role in the Village, Farm & Garden interns will participate along with other summer interns in weekly meetings with various Village department heads and will take part in excursions to other regional cultural and agricultural institutions. Interns will also be asked to prepare one to three work-related Facebook postings, in consultation with the Village’s PR dept.
Stockbridge Majors: 
Sustainable Food and Farming
Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 30, 2018
Application Requirements (resume, cover letter, etc.): 
Submit the items listed below via e-mail to Cindy Dickinson, Director of Education, Hancock Shaker Village, at or by mail at PO Box 927, Pittsfield, MA 01202. Deadline for applications: Friday, March 30, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered. • letter of interest describing your qualifications and reasons for applying. Give specific examples of internship qualifications in action. • resume • three professional/academic references (be sure to include full names, relationship to you, and contact information). Please do NOT send letters of recommendation. Questions? Contact Cindy Dickinson at or at 413-443-0188 x213.
Minimum Qualifications: 
The Farm and Garden Interns should have a strong commitment to learning about sustainable agriculture; demonstrated ability to take direction and work independently; success working in a dynamic environment; be able to lift at least 30 lbs., and have a willingness to work hard in all types of weather. Prior experience on a farm helpful but not required.
Wage, Salary & Benefits Description: 
Internship is full-time (40 hours) and includes Saturdays. Summer schedule and weekly schedule will be mutually decided on between the interns and the CSA Manager. Interns will receive $150/week stipend. Interns must provide their own transportation. Information about housing near the Village is available upon request.