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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) has always been education. We provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn more about Minnesota’s rich agricultural past, present and future.   

 We have filled our 2017 summer internship position, but check back in a few months for other opportunities.

 

Details:

This is a paid internship and housing may be available. Interns would be required to attend one-hour, weekly staff meetings to prepare for the upcoming week.

 

Potential areas of focus and duties:

Internship possibilities:

  • 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, goats, 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
  • 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 1800s, 1900s, 2000s and future of ag

Skills Required:

  1. Previous agriculture experience preferred, but not required
  2. Flexibility and willingness to help out 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