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Farm America

Internships


1930s farmsiteFarmamerica (the Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center) near Waseca offers customizable internship opportunities to accommodate the interest of students and institutional requirements. The primary focus of the Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center (Farmamerica) is to connect people with agriculture by helping them better understand it. We provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn more about Minnesota’s rich agricultural past, present and future.   

 We are accepting applications for 2018 interns.

Details:

This is a paid internship. Depending on the internship, some duties could be performed remotely. But interns are required to attend a one-hour, weekly staff meeting.

 

Potential areas of focus and duties:

  • Animal care
    • Manage two time-period farm sites
    • Create and implement feeding programs for on-site livestock
    • Care for and manage the livestock twice/day (calves, pigs, chickens, sheep)
  • Education
    • Help develop and present in-school educational programs focusing on crops, livestock and soil management (45-60 minute programs)
    • Lead school tours on-site (one-day activities with students in various aspects represented at the farm)
    • Create and provide leadership training for youth groups like 4-H, FFA 
  • Horticulture
    • Manage two heritage gardens that feature heirloom and commercial varieties
    • Plan and implement annual garden production schedule
    • If excess produce is available, create and implement sales plan
    • Redesign and maintain facility landscaping under site manager supervision
  • Agronomy
    • Manage small plots of crops from three time periods using modern ag practices
    • Manage soil fertility
    • Design soil health demonstrations and keep records
    • Interpret the evolution of crops and soil in Minnesota and help create display of information 
  • Historical Research into the interplay of technology, genetics, and culture
    • Interpret the evolution of farming techniques and explain what led to decisions that changed the way crops and animals are produced
    • Agriculture research and program development for the 1800s, 1900s, 2000s and future of ag

Skills Required:

  1. Previous agriculture experience preferred, but not required
  2. Flexibility and willingness to help in other areas on the farm as needed
  3. Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point)
  4. Maintain appropriate dress, have a positive attitude toward learning and enjoy interaction with visitors

Learn more: info@farmamerica.org

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume and 3 references to Jessica Rollins, Executive Director at info@farmamerica.org